Sometimes it’s fine to take it easy. Like making a nice Asian salad that looks special, but comes together in a snap (shhhhh).
The idea behind this dish (or at least the dressing) is from Wafu, a Canadian company that produces Japanese inspired salad dressings and mayonnaise. In fact, Wafu means (literally) “Japanese-style dressing.” They sent me a package of three Asian flavored salad dressings in Ginger Carrot, Wasabi Edamame, and Roasted Sesame flavors. Part of their “natural” line, these dressings are vegan, gluten-free and GMO-free. They are even produced using renewable energy!
Now I won’t lie and say I wasn’t a little worried about reviewing a line of commercial salad dressings. You see, I am not usually the biggest fan of bottled. What do most commercial dressings taste like (IMHO)? Water. And if that’s not enough, many (non-organic) dressings are full of GMO oils (e.g. soy, canola, corn). Problem is, there are many (many) days when I don’t feel like whipping up my own dressing, so I am always on the prowl for something good.
These dressings were delicious–in addition to their “natural” attributes that I mentioned earlier! Loaded with flavor, I couldn’t decide which one I liked best. The Ginger Carrot tasted exactly what I would expect a Japanese inspired dressing–gingery, slightly sweet with a hint of toasted sesame. The Creamy Sesame was smooth with a rich roasted sesame flavor and the Wasabi Edamame had a great Wasabi kick to it, reminiscent of spicy sushi.
We were having some friends over for brunch and along with some old standards (Sun-dried tomato & spinach quiche, spicy homemade breakfast sausage, ginger cookies with Spiced Pumpkin Cream Cheese), I knew I needed some new dishes that weren’t too time consuming. So I tossed some (bagged) spring mix with the Wafu Ginger Carrot dressing, topped with easy add-ons like green onions and Asian mushrooms and it was a go.
What else am I going to do with the dressings? Well in addition to putting away my dressing shaker for the holidays, I will be making Asian Cole Slaw (after loving it at a favorite restaurant, do you know how many recipes I have tried without success?) Then I may try some Japanese inspired shirred eggs (put cooked vegetables in a ramekin, top with dressing, crack an egg, then bake until done). And if you would like to give this a try, consider the giveaway below. ‘Cause everyone can use a little “easy” in their lives!
And now for the giveaway. It is for the set of dressings that I received and is open to US and Canadian residents. Sponsored by Wafu, it closes on December 7 at midnight CST. To enter, leave a comment telling me what your favorite salad is. For a second entry, follow Art of Natural Living on twitter (@iwilkerson) and leave a second comment (or let me know if you are already a twitter follower). The winner will be picked randomly, contacted by email and have 24 hours to get back to me with an address and any other needed information or a new winner will be chosen.
- 4-5 oz of lettuce
- 1/4 c slivered almonds
- 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
- 1 egg roll wrapper (or wonton wrappers) cut into strips and fried
- 20 - 30 thin Asian mushrooms like enoki or bunapi
- 1 bunch green onion
- 1/4 cup (or to taste) Asian Salad Dressing like Wafu Ginger Carrot (see note)
- Toss dressing with lettuce until well-coated.
- Divide the lettuce onto four salad plates and top with the remaining ingredients.
- If you can't find Wafu dressings, you can improvise by starting with a simple vinaigrette and adding some soy sauce, ginger and toasted sesame oil.
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