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Gomae Spinach Salad: This traditional Japanese side dish is loaded with spinach and seasoned with a delicious, creamy sesame dressing |

Gomae Spinach Salad

  • Author: Sam | Ahead of Thyme
  • Total Time: 9 minutes
  • Yield: 4 starter salads


Traditional Japanese gomae spinach salad is loaded with spinach and seasoned with a delicious, creamy sesame dressing.


  • 4 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 4 tablespoon water
  • 1/4 teaspoon corn starch
  • 2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 3 teaspoon sugar
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 large bunches of spinach
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt


  1. Roast the sesame seeds in a frying pan until they begin to brown.
  2. Set aside 1 tablespoon for garnish. Grind the remaining seeds in a blender or food processor. Set aside,
  3. In a small bowl, mix cornstarch with water, until fully dissolved.
  4. Add the ground sesame seeds, soy sauce and sugar and mix well.
  5. Heat in a small saucepan on medium-high until the sauce starts to thicken. Remove and pour into a bowl. Place in fridge to let it cool.
  6. Boil the water and salt in a large saucepan.
  7. Add the spinach to the boiling water for 1 minute.
  8. Dump spinach into a colander and run cold water through it (in order to stop the cooking process completely).
  9. Squeeze the spinach using your hands to drain all the water.
  10. Split into 4 small portions. Add one tablespoon of your sesame sauce on top and garnish with a pinch of roasted sesame seeds.
  • Prep Time: 8 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 min
  • Category: Salad