It's interesting how, once you start eating healthy, especially raw, your body craves it. I love that feeling. Tonight I was craving something crisp and tangy. I also wanted to use the Sweet Sesame Seaweed I picked up from Trader Joe's the other day. So perfect, I thought, let's do a Japanese inspired salad with a Ponzu sauce!
This is super simple and easy. The only thing is that you will need a few key ingredients to make the ponzu sauce. This recipe is for a single serving.
JAPANESE INSPIRED SALAD WITH BEETS, HARICOT VERTS AND HEIRLOOM TOMATOS WITH SWEET SESAME SEAWEED
For the salad
12 pieces of haricot verts, french cut
1/2 a beet, peeled and julienned
1/2 of a firm green heirloom tomato, julienned (you can also substitute this with daikon radish or jicama)
1/4 cut Sweet Sesame Seaweed from Trader Joe's (any kind of dried seaweed will work, cut into strips with scissors)
For the ponzu sauce
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice, more to taste
1 tablespoon cup rice vinegar
3 tablespoons good-quality soy sauce or Bragg's Liquid Aminos
1 tablespoon mirin
This is my quick version. If you are interested in making a full batch check out this recipe on The New York Times Dining and Wine page recipe of the day.
Mix all the ponzu sauce ingredients together in a small bowl.
Put each salad ingredient into individual small bowls and pour in equal parts of the ponzu sauce into each bowl and marinade for a few minutes. Plate each salad ingredient onto a plate in layers, drizzle on more ponzu sauce as desired, sprinkle on the sesame seeds and seaweed and serve. Super simple and easy.