Let’s Eat Healthy! 8 Japanese Salads You’ll Love!

Let's Eat Healthy! 8 Japanese Salads You'll Love!

What kind of salad do you like? – Maybe your answer would be Caesar salad, green salad, or other western salads. But have you ever tried Japanese salad before? As a Japanese person, I’m glad that we have variety of salads to eat. Here, I would like to introduce 8 Japanese salads you’ll love!



 

Let’s Eat Healthy! 8 Japanese Salads You’ll Love!

 

1. Kaiso (seaweed) salad

Let's Eat Healthy! 8 Japanese Salads You'll Love!_seaweed salad

Seaweed is one of the most important foods for Japanese people. It’s very healthy since it contains a lot of mineral and fiber. When you use seaweed, soak it in the water for 10-20 minutes. After that, drain the water and put seaweed on a plate. Some people also put some vegetables such as lettuce, but my favorite is eating with some imitation crabs. I recommend you to put Japanese style dressings such as goma (sesame), shiso (perilla) or Ponzu (citrus-based sauce).

 

2. Daikon salad

Let's Eat Healthy! 8 Japanese Salads You'll Love!_daikon salad

Daikon is a kind of radish which is white and long. It is often used in hot pot and/or Nimono, but you can also eat it in a salad. After slicing a daikon thinly, soak it in the cold water. Daikon sometimes tastes very sharp, but this process makes it milder. After draining the water, put daikon on a plate. You can mix the daikon with other vegetables and/or tuna fish. I like eating it with goma (sesame) dressing, but Ponzu and mayonnaise would also be well matched.

 

3. Gobo (burdock root) salad

Let's Eat Healthy! 8 Japanese Salads You'll Love!_gobo salad

Gobo is a kind of root crops mostly used in Eastern Asian countries. It just looks like a wood, but it contains a lot of fiber and tastes amazing! Just slice a gobo and usually a carrot very thinly and boil it for a short time. Then, mix the gobo and the carrot with some sesame and mayonnaise. I also like to put goma (sesame) dressing instead of sesame and mayonnaise.

 

4. Pasta salad

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This is one of the most popular salads that you can find in convenience stores in Japan. There are different kinds of pasta salads depending on which store you are going. For example, a pasta salad with mini-karaage (Japanese style fried chicken) is my favorite. When you make it at home, you can use the regular pasta but put it in the cold water after boiling it. Then, mix the pasta with some vegetables and tuna. I like to put some goma (sesame) dressing, but mayonnaise would be good, too.

 

5. Potato salad

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You might think like this –we have the same kind of salad! But Japanese style potato salad is much creamier compared to others. One reason of this is because we use mashed potatoes –this is well matched with mayonnaise. Moreover, we put variety of vegetables such as carrots, cucumbers and onions in addition to tuna or ham. Try some Japanese style potato salad and compare it with your own!

 

6. Shio (salted) cabbage

Let's Eat Healthy! 8 Japanese Salads You'll Love!_salted cabbage

You’ll see this menu in most izakaya – which is a Japanese style bar. Just cut some cabbage, put salt and sesame oil and it is ready! Sesame oil is very flavorful, so it often makes simple meals taste wonderful. Although it is super easy to make, many people are addicted to it.

 

7. Tofu salad

Let's Eat Healthy! 8 Japanese Salads You'll Love!_tofu salad

Tofu can be used not only in cooked meals but also in salads. I recommend you to use soft tofu rather than hard one. Cut some tofu and put them on a plate with some lettuce or daikon. Any Japanese style dressings will be well matched, but my favorite is with Ponzu. You can also eat uncooked tofu without vegetables –this is called Hiyayakko. Try it with some katsuobushi (dried bonito flakes) and soy sauce. This is especially good during summer time.

 

8. Ohitashi

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Ohitashi is a traditional Japanese meal –which usually means boiled vegetables seasoned with soy sauce. One of the most famous ohitashi is the one using spinach. Boil some spinach for a short time and mix it with some sesame and soy sauce. If you don’t like spinach, you can also use other vegetables such as carrot, eggplant, and Chinese cabbage. Try to make ohitashi with your favorite vegetables!

 

Conclusion

There are a lot of unique salads in Japan. They are all very healthy and also easy to make. Even if you don’t have a plan to visit Japan, you can try them easily using vegetables in a local grocery store. Let’s start eating healthy with those Japanese salads!

 

Let’s Eat Healthy! 8 Japanese Salads You’ll Love!

1. Kaiso (seaweed) salad
2. Daikon salad
3. Gobo (burdock root) salad
4. Pasta salad
5. Potato salad
6. Shio (salted) cabbage
7. Tofu salad
8. Ohitashi