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Japanese Sesame Spinach Salad (Horensou no Gomaae)

Japanese Sesame Spinach Salad (Hourenso no Gomaae)

  • Author: Yuto Omura
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 3-4 portions 1x


How to make a delicious and addictive Japanese spinach salad mixed with ground sesame seeds and condiments. (Serves 3-4)


  • Water for boiling
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 200-250g spinach
  • A bowl of ice cold water

Sesame sauce

  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp ground sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp white sesame seeds (not ground)
  • 1/2 tbsp dashi (or water)


  1. Start by filling a pot with enough water to cover the spinach and add 1 tsp of salt. Bring to a boil.
  2. While the water is heating up, cut off the ends of the stems of the spinach and wash thoroughly in a cold bowl of water to remove the dirt.
    Washing spinach
  3. Remove the spinach from the water and cut it into three parts, the thick stems, the middle part (thinner stems with some leaf) and the leaves. Preferably tie each type in bunches. (Optional)
    Spinach divided into three parts and tied with cooking string
  4. Prepare a bowl of cold water and set it next to the stove.
  5. Once the water in the pot is boiling, add the thick stems and allow them to boil for 1 minute.
    Boiling the spinach stems
  6. Next, add the middle part and boil together with the stems for 45 seconds.
    Boiling spinach midsection
  7. Finally add the leaves and boil everything together for 30 seconds.
    Blanching spinach leaves
  8. Remove the spinach from the water and transfer straight to the bowl of cold water to stop the cooking process.
    Cooling spinach in cold water
  9. Take a mixing bowl (big enough to add the spinach) and add all of the sesame sauce ingredients. (If you don't have dashi you can use an equal amount of water instead.) Mix well.
    Mixing spinach sauce
  10. Remove the spinach from the bowl and gently squeeze out the excess water. 
    Squeezing water out of spinach
  11. Add the spinach to the bowl of sauce and mix thoroughly until evenly coated.
    Mixing spinach in sesame sauce
  12. Serve and enjoy!
    Japanese Sesame Spinach Salad (Horensou no Gomaae)


Keep refrigerated in an airtight container and eat within 2-3 days.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Sides
  • Method: Blanching
  • Cuisine: Japanese

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