Pickled Vegetable Salad with Sesame Seeds Recipe

Pickled Vegetable Salad with Sesame Seeds Recipe
Serves 6
In Japanese, "sunomono" — which means "vinegared things" — refers to a salad of thinly sliced vegetables that are marinated in rice vinegar and soy sauce. The result is a salad with a slight pickled quality, sweetened with a touch of sugar. Among the many nutrient-rich fresh vegetables that may be prepared sunomono-style include broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, cucumber, daikon radish, mushrooms, onions, red radishes, scallions (green onions), snow peas, spinach, string beans, seaweed and turnips.
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Ingredients
  1. ⅓ cup rice wine vinegar*
  2. 2 tablespoons water
  3. 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  4. 1 teaspoon low-sodium soy sauce
  5. ½ medium English cucumber, halved lengthwise, very thinly sliced on a diagonal
  6. 2 medium carrots or daikon radishes, very thinly sliced
  7. 1 cup (3 ounces) snow peas, stem ends removed, halved crosswise
  8. 1 medium green onion, sliced lengthwise, then in 1-inch strips
  9. 1 tablespoon minced, peeled ginger root
  10. ⅛ teaspoon crushed chili pepper flakes
  11. 3 cups shredded leaf lettuce
  12. 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
Instructions
  1. Combine vinegar and water in a small microwave-safe bowl.
  2. Whisk in sugar. Heat for 30 to 60 seconds on medium heat, mix until sugar dissolves.
  3. Whisk in the soy sauce and set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, place cucumbers, carrots, snow peas, green onions, ginger root and chili pepper flakes.
  5. Pour vinegar-soy sauce mixture over vegetables and toss gently until the vegetables are well-coated.
  6. Cover bowl and place in refrigerator for 4 hours or overnight.
  7. After vegetables have marinated, remove from refrigerator.
  8. Serve on a bed of lettuce.
  9. Drizzle remaining marinade over the salad and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
Notes
  1. •Substitute rice wine (mirin) or any sweet white wine for rice wine vinegar.
  2. •Vary the veggies! An array of colorful vegetable — prepared sunomono-style — makes a great side dish for a party buffet or as a picnic salad, which can be prepared up to two days in advance.
  3. Per serving: 60 calories, 1g total fat, 0g saturated fat, 0g cholesterol, 170g sodium, 13g total carbohydrate, 2g dietary fiber, 2g protein.
Adapted from Roberta Duyff, MS, RD, FAND -- author of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Complete Food and Nutrition Guide and 365 Days of Healthy Eating; www.eatright.org
Adapted from Roberta Duyff, MS, RD, FAND -- author of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Complete Food and Nutrition Guide and 365 Days of Healthy Eating; www.eatright.org
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