Broccolini with Sesame Miso Dressing is inspired by a common Japanese way of dressing spinach and other cold greens. The dressing in question is made by toasting sesame seeds then grinding them to a paste along with a little sugar and mirin, sake and soy sauce, but, here, I have made a few twists on the classic theme.
The Japanese dish of ‘Spinach Gomae’ (if using Spinach) is one I generally like, but I sometimes find that the toasted and ground sesame seeds can leave a slightly bitter aftertaste in the dressing.
I decided to try something that resulted in the same sweet/sesame flavors as the Japanese classic, but without any bitterness. Accordingly, I settled on Hummus as a milder (if not very Japanese) alternative. I also incorporated a little light miso for depth, and then included a rich Japanese Sesame oil for the proper sesame punch. For today’s dish, I am using Broccolini rather than Spinach to make a nice little appetizer salad…
Ingredients for Broccolini with Sesame Miso Dressing
- 2 cups Blanched Broccolini, trimmed of thick stems;
- 3 Tbsp. Hummus;
- 1 tsp. Light (white) Miso;
- 1 tsp. Lemon Juice;
- 1 Tbsp. Dark Sesame Oil;
- 1 tsp. Sugar;
- 1 – 2 Tbsp. Mirin;
- Sesame Seeds for garnish.
Assembly is super simple … First, blend together all the ingredients except the Broccolini and sesame seeds and mix to a smooth paste. Allow this to sit for at least 20 minutes to allow the flavors to blend.
When you are ready, add the dressing to the Broccolini and mix. The idea here is not to drench, or drown the greens in the dressing, but rather just add enough to coat the pieces with sauce. Arrange the greens attractively on individual serving plates and sprinkle with sesame seeds for garnish. Serve…