Japanese Restaurant Salad

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    This week #SundaySupper is a little different.  We are still sharing delicious recipes to enjoy with our families, but this time the recipes are from Katie Workman’s cookbook, The Mom 100 CookbookKatie Workman was nice enough to send us copies of her new cookbook and she’s giving me one to give to my readers as well!  The cookbook is wonderful.  There are five fun and tasty solutions to getting your kids to each just about everything.  There’s a story to go along with all of the recipes, easy to follow instructions, a photo of each recipe, and suggestions for different variations.  There’s even a place on the side of each recipe for what the kids can do to help and what can be made ahead of time.


Our theme for #SundaySupper was Portable Recipes for Getting Together with Friends.  When we have get togethers I often bring along the appetizers or desserts.  Being that it’s summer and the farmer’s market is open, I wanted to bring something healthy but still delicious.  I soon came across Katie’s recipe for Japanese Restaurant Salads.  I love the classic orange ginger dressing that goes on top of salads at Japanese restaurants so I couldn’t wait to make this dish.

     I went to the farmer’s market early Friday morning and bough mixed greens and cucumbers.  I had carrots at home already so I didn’t bother buying any of those.  There are two things I really enjoy about the farmer’s market.  The first is the fresh, organic produce.  The second is the people that I see when I go.  So many of my friends and acquaintances go to the farmer’s market weekly and it’s nice to be able to catch up while we’re shopping.


This salad was easy to make and only took a few minutes.  I washed the vegetables and tossed them together.  To transport the salad I threw it in a large plastic bag with a twist tie.  This helps to not crush the lettuce leaves, it reuses a bag I had in the house, and I can just throw it away when I’m done.  The dressing turned out to be a beautiful orange color and it tasted fresh and gingery with a hint of the miso and sesame oil.  I put the dressing in a glass Pyrex container with a lid and I was ready to go!

Japanese Restaurant Salad (slightly adapted from Katie Workman’s The Mom 100 Cookbook)
6 c. mixed greens
1/2 c. peeled, shredded carrots
1/2 cucumber, thinly sliced
For the dressing:
2 medium carrots, peeled and cut into 1 inch chunks
1 (2 inch) piece of fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
1 shallot, minced
3 T. rice vinegar
1/4 c. vegetable oil
1 T. sesame oil
1 t. sugar
4 t. miso paste
1 t. salt
1 t. black pepper 

1.  In a large bowl toss the mixed greens, shredded carrots, and cucumbers.  

2.  To make the dressing combine the carrots, ginger, shallot, rice vinegar, vegetable oil, sesame oil, and sugar in a food processor.  Blend until combined.  

3.  Add in the miso, salt, pepper, and 2 tablespoons of water.  Blend until the dressing is fairly smooth.

4.  Place the salad into 4 bowls and top with dressing.



  1. Your salad and ginger dressing would go great with the japanese mayo sauce I just made! I’d also like to try the sesame noodles. For some reason, I have yet to make noodles!

  2. What a lovely salad! I don’t think I’ve ever eating a Japanese salad, but I know I’d love this…especially the unique dressing! Excellent #SundaySupper selection~

  3. Carrot dressing? Oh I’ll have to try that!

    I’m entering the book giveaway since I wasn’t selected. I’d make the bacon and dried cherry chocolate chip cookies 😉 haha ok fine that’s not fair. Ever since Nicole said she was bringing that cauliflower soup, I wanted to make it.

  4. I have been looking for a recipe for the ginger salad dressing. Thanks for sharing it!
    It is hard to decide which of the recipes I most want to cook but pinned down I would have to say the Sauteed Corn one.

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