Spring Mix Salad with Sweet Miso Dressing

Spring Mix Salad with Sweet Miso Dressing  | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

I just realized a couple days ago that Labor Day weekend is this coming weekend here in the U.S.  Since I didn’t have time to prepare a new BBQ recipe for this long weekend, I want to share my collection of BBQ recipes at the end of the post today.  If you are new to JOC, perfect!  If you have been my wonderful readers, it’s a good reminder, maybe? :)

Meanwhile, I’m very excited to share this delicious Spring Mix Salad with Sweet Miso Dressing recipe today!

Miso is a very versatile kitchen ingredient and the Japanese use miso just as much as soy sauce for our cooking.

We use miso to make delicious marinade for Miso Cod/Sea Bass, dressing for Seaweed Salad, sauce for Negi Miso Chicken, seasonings for Takikomi Gohan (mixed rice), broth for Miso Ramen, and many more!  Of course you can also make simple miso soup or more complex ones like Tonjiru.

For today’s dressing recipe, I used spring salad mix, but you can use any type of fresh salad leaves, steamed vegetables, or even chilled/grilled tofu!  I tried this dressing with slices of avocado and mint in the salad for the first time and found out that they go really well with miso flavor!  It’s always fun to try something different.

Spring Mix Salad with Sweet Miso Dressing | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

To get the Spring Mix Salad with Sweet Miso Dressing recipeclick here over at the Hikari Miso’s website.  Enjoy!

Minute Miso Sweet

Note: The consistency of Minute Miso is more liquid than typical miso.  If you cannot find Minute Miso – Sweet, you can substitute with 1 Tbsp. miso paste (awase miso or white miso preferred) and 1 Tbsp. mirin for 2 Tbsp. Hikari Miso’s Minute Miso.

Hikari Miso products will be available in Amazon soon (some are available already).  You can also buy Hikari Miso products in Japanese grocery stores (my local Japanese and Asian stores carry their product).

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Hikari Miso.  To read more about my partnership with Hikari Miso, click click here.

Labor Day Weekend BBQ Menu Ideas

Here are some great BBQ menus for this upcoming long weekend.  Enjoy grilling while the weather permits in your area!

Grilled Corn wtih Miso Butter | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.comGrilled Corn with Miso Butter

Teriyaki Burger | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.comTeriyaki Burger

Grilled Sanma | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.comGrilled Sanma

BBQ Chicken Wings | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.comBBQ Chicken Wings

BBQ Pork Belly | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.comBBQ Pork Belly

Grilled Little Neck Clams | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.comGrilled Clams

BBQ Beef Short Ribs | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.comBBQ Short Ribs

Yaki Onigiri (Grilled Rice Ball) | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.comYaki Onigiri (Grilled Rice Ball)

Grilled Lemongrass Chicken | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.comGrilled Lemongrass Chicken

BBQ King Crab | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.comBBQ King Crab

Smoked Baby Back Ribs | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.comSmoked Baby Back Ribs

I hope these recipes have inspired you to grill this Labor day weekend.  Next week I’ll come back with vol. 3 of Japan Trip 2012 and some bento tutorial post (um..if I can get it done this weekend! ;)).  Have a nice mid-week, and enjoy the long weekend!

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  1. Loving this salad. And totally DYING over those grilled clams. We don’t have a labor day menu yet but I’m pretty sure those are a must!

  2. Great ideas for Labor Day weekend! Love that teriyaki burger with the grilled pineapple! A great dish to go with the light salad. Hope you all have a wonderful and fun weekend!

  3. I’d love to live with you. Every single recipe you’ve highlighted made my heart flutter. Miso is also a staple in my house. I almost never NOT have miso around because it offers such a wonderful savouriness to dishes with so little. I’ve used it as a salad dressing too and you’re right! Miso goes with almost anything.

  4. I can’t believe it’s labor weekend already. Your salad looks really good and as I scroll down, can’t tell which one is my favorite and which one I’m gonna try. Love the corn, and miso corn would be a hit.
    Enjoy your weekend Nami.

  5. Nami. I love those kinds of mixed salads – this looks so fresh and the sweet miso dressing sounds fabulous – perfect together in combination with the mixed greens, radishes and yellow cherry tomatoes. And your list of BBQ recipes is a wonderful reminder of all your different delicious posts – my favorite being the lemongrass chicken (I am now looking up that recipe again – hopefully I have everything in the pantry to make that today)!
    Hope all is well, dear Nami!

  6. Nami, I love the idea of using miso for a salad dressing. So unusual and it will make a salad so different than if using just regular salad dressing. Your photos are as always very vibrant and literally pulsating with freshness! Pinned, of course.

  7. All your food is seriously mouth watering… I think this one looks within my skill level and makes me very excited that sping is about to begin here! The perfect salad to compliment the warming weather :)

  8. a new miso recipe, yes! Always need new idea to use it and since there is no Japanese restaurant here, I have to figure out what the Japanese flavor norm is. Thanks for the recipe Nami!

  9. Oh Nami, all your photos look absolutely gorgeous, the food styling and everything! Yes I’ve told you that many times before but I had to say it again. I haven’t visited your website for so long that I’ve forgotten what beautiful food and pictures you cook/take :)

  10. You had me at miso. I only recently discovered the stuff and have fallen in love with it. I was going to stop there because the salad was so good, but as I kept scrolling, I fell more and more in love with each photo….king crab….ribs. Can I come to your house for Labor Day?

    • Hi Archana! Miso is made from soy beans and usually rice or barley, which are steamed, mixed with koji (a fermentation starter) and left to ferment for six months to five years. The longer the fermentation, the darker and richer the miso is. :) The grilled rice balls are so good! Hope you get to try them one day!

  11. Wonderful collection of BBQ recipes, Nami. I love miso and thankfully, now it is available in India.I have never tried sweet miso dressing, so I am excited to try this. I would love to have yaki onigiri and bbq short ribs for sure, before setting my hands on the other dishes!!

  12. Nami, I’ll be in NYC on Labor Day, so I can’t bring out the B-B-Q grill, but I really would like to try your BBQ Short Ribs. I recently had some at a restaurant in Baltimore and they were so good! I see you’re now back from your Japan trip!

  13. I hope you have a fantastic Labor Day with your loved ones! I don’t think we will be celebrating it here in Spain, but probably check out a beach nearby. I love miso, I’ve used it in dressings, sauces, mac and cheeze (my favorite American meal), hummus and the list goes on. It’s pretty versatile in a lot of vegan condiments and dishes. I used unpasteurized sometimes raw miso. Have you ever tried these kinds before? Mmmmmm these grilled corn look so gorgeous, and I love the idea of miso butter! I think I tried miso sauce over the padron peppers. Omg, yaki onigiri!!!! I love them, these are my favorites!!!!! ^_^ What a beautiful collection of photos, thank you for sharing, Nami!

  14. What a spread you have here, Nami! My mouth waters as I scroll down the screen. Everything looks so good. This salad is definitely a great start to the weekend BBQ. Only if I can skip my in-law’s bbq and heading to yours! Shhh…..

  15. Hi Nami! I saw your spring mix salad with miso dressing on Pinterest and think it looks fantastic! So, just wanted to leave a comment to let you know and now I’m going to settle in and read about your trip to Japan 😉

  16. Thanks for the dressing idea! I just used up all my sesame dressing and now I can do something with my tub of miso. Going through a salad phase, you see. Hehe

  17. Hi Nami :) Sorry for not visiting lately, I have been quite busy with work and also traveling a bit with my sister visiting from HK ~ Ohhh what a great simple salad! Weather has really warmed up lately in Melbourne so will have to make it soon and take it in to work ~

  18. I hope to experiment with this dressing…it sounds so lovely and versatile! And boy do you have some amazing BBQ recipes, Nami! Hope you’re enjoying the long holiday weekend :)

  19. donna mikasa

    I’m looking for a good miso dressing and I’m hoping I found it here! I’ll search our Marukai store for the Hikari miso. Hopefully, they have it or I’ll just wait for Amazon! Happy Labor Day to you and your family!

    • Thank you Donna! I will check with Hikari Miso again to see how soon their new products will be available on Amazon soon. :) Hope you had a nice Labor Day Weekend!

  20. Love your collection of BBQ recipes! They all look scrumptious and this salad with sweet miso dressing is the perfect side dish to go long with any main course. :) I’ve gotta check out the Minute Miso next time I go grocery shop. Sounds convenience to use because it’s not as thick. :)

  21. I am now in a kind of sesame paste dressing frenzy for all the salads I prepare (I don’t suppose you remember… I made it based on a Sichuan recipe) but I love miso dressings too. Miso is so versatile and complex, it goes with any dish warm or cold.