Japanese Wilted Spinach Salad Recipe with Soba Noodles
This delicious recipe is an authentic Japanese way of serving a spinach salad. The spinach is wilted in a pan and then combined with other flavorful ingredients to make this exciting oriental dish. How do you wilt spinach exactly? The easiest way to do this is to add it to a hot wok and cook it briefly. Add ginger or garlic when you add the spinach, if you like, and then add the spinach itself and let it cook.
As the water comes out of it, it wilts. If you are using bagged spinach leaves which have already been rinsed, you will need to add a tablespoon or so of water to the wok yourself, to facilitate wilting. You could just use fresh spinach and not wilt it at all but wilted spinach contrasts nicely with the crunchy bean sprouts so we recommend that you wilt it a bit before adding it to the other ingredients.
You can serve this flavorful Japanese spinach salad recipe for lunch or dinner. It makes a nice appetizer too, whether you are having a dinner party or just wanting to serve your family something out of the ordinary. Whatever the case, this delicious salad with spinach and bean sprouts is sure to go down well.
- 3 oz soba noodles
- 2 cups bean sprouts
- 1 teaspoon white sugar or 1 tablespoon mirin
- Juice of a lime
- 2 or 3 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons light miso
- 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
- ¼ cup chopped green onions
- 10 oz fresh spinach
- 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds
- Salt and black pepper, to taste
- Cook the soba noodles in boiling salted water for 1 minute.
- Add the bean sprouts and cook for 1 more minute or until the noodles are tender.
- Drain in a colander.
- Whisk the lime juice, soy sauce and sugar or mirin with the miso.
- Wash, drain, and trim the spinach.
- Rinse the spinach and add it to a wok over a moderate heat without shaking off the excess water.
- Keep shaking the pan and stirring the spinach until it wilts (you will need to do this in batches unless you have a huge wok).
- Add the noodles, spinach, green onions, and bean sprouts to the lime juice mixture and toss.
- Season with salt and black pepper.
- Garnish the finished spinach salad recipe with grated ginger and sesame seeds.
This is a very Japanese-looking spinach salad recipe and it makes a beautiful appetizer or side dish. As you can see from the photo, serving it in a plain bowl on a bamboo mat gives it a very oriental look which adds to the dining experience. Eating this with chopsticks is another way to keep the authenticity of the dish. If you would like to make a spinach salad recipe using wilted spinach rather than crisp spinach, this one is great. The flavor is lovely and the bean sprouts and spinach go together very well. Serve this Japanese spinach salad recipe warm or chilled.
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