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Spinach Gomae - Japanese Spinach Salad

Goma-ae, sometimes also spelled Gomaae or Gomae is a Japanese side dish. It is made with vegetables and sesame dressing. One of the most common versions, often found at Japanese restaurants in the West, is served in the form of a spinach salad, mixed with sesame sake sauce or miso paste and topped with sesame.
Total Time30 mins
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: Japanese, Salad, Spinach
Servings: 4 Servings
Author: Mike Nadelman


Spinach Gomae:

  • 10 cups organic spinach or baby spinach
  • ½ tbsp shoyu soy sauce

The Sauce:


  • Blanch the spinach in boiling water 30-45 secs for mature spinach and 15-30 secs for baby spinach
  • Strain and squeeze excess water out of spinach
  • Add ½ tbsp of soy sauce and squeeze that out as well
  • Cut the spinach to size
  • Toast the sesame seeds in a pan
  • Grind the seeds using a mortar and pestle or processor
  • Prep the sauce – add all ingredients in a bowl, mix,
  • Mix into the spinach, and then enjoy.