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Tomato Myoga Salad トマトとミョウガのサラダ

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  • Tomato Myoga Salad dressed with a simple vinaigrette made of sesame oil, rice vinegar, soy sauce, and toasted sesame seeds. This fast and refreshing salad is an ode to Japanese summer. 

    A blue and white bowl containing Tomato Myoga Salad.

    With abundant tomatoes in the season, we always have room for a simple salad that shines the light on the summer bounty. This Tomato Myoga Salad (トマトとミョウガのサラダ) couldn’t be any easier! Jazzed up with the heavenly Japanese ginger flower and a refreshing vinaigrette, it makes a beautiful side dish for your lunch or dinner.

    Delicious and Quick Homemade Dressing

    A good dressing doesn’t take much. When I need to keep in line with the simplicity theme, I’d go with the combination of 3 condiments – mainly sesame oil, rice vinegar, and soy sauce. They are the pantry staples in Japanese and Asian households.

    To help bring out the flavors, I added a touch of sugar but you can leave out if you prefer. And for the final touch, toss in a handful of roasted sesame seeds.

    The result is bright yet hits on every note that you need for a dressing, making it a versatile addition to many simple salad dishes.

    A blue and white bowl containing Tomato Myoga Salad.

    What is Myoga in Tomato Myoga Salad?

    One ingredient that makes the salad stands out is Myoga, a type of Japanese ginger that comes in unopened flower buds. Unique to Japanese and Korean cuisines, this perennial plant is available in the summertime. It has a mild gingery-taste and an amazing floral aroma that is hard to explain. But once you try it you will never forget.

    In the US, you can find myoga from Japanese grocery stores like Mitsuwa or Nijiya or Tokyo Central. Or if you are looking to add another edible plant to your growing garden, check out this seller on Etsy.

    Substitution: If you can’t find myoga, simply replace it with ginger or young ginger (which has a milder taste than regular ginger). You can soak the julienned ginger to tame the spiciness.

    A blue and white bowl containing Tomato Myoga Salad.

    What to Serve with Tomato Myoga Salad

    Such a refreshing salad would go with any main dishes, but here are my suggestions:

    A blue and white bowl containing Tomato Myoga Salad.

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    A blue and white bowl containing Tomato Myoga Salad.
    Tomato Myoga Salad
    Prep Time
    10 mins
    Chilling Time
    15 mins
    Total Time
    45 mins
     

    Tomato Myoga Salad dressed with a simple vinaigrette made of sesame oil, rice vinegar, soy sauce, and toasted sesame seeds. This fast and refreshing salad is an ode to Japanese summer. 

    Course: Salad
    Cuisine: Japanese
    Keyword: myoga, tomato
    Servings: 4 (as a side dish)
    Author: Nami
    Ingredients
    • 2 tomatoes (500 g, 17.6 oz)
    • 2 Myoga ginger (17 g, 0.6 oz; Sub: 2 thin slices of ginger, preferably young ginger)
    Dressing
    Instructions
    1. Gather all the ingredients.

      Tomato Myoga Salad Ingredients
    2. Cut the tomatoes into wedges and cut each wedge into 2-3 pieces (depending on the size of the tomato).

      Tomato Myoga Salad 1
    3. Remove the stem end of myoga ginger and slice it diagonally into thin pieces. If you are using regular ginger, cut the 2 thin slices into julienned strips and soak in water for 5 minutes. This will help remove a strong gingery taste.

      Tomato Myoga Salad 2
    4. Put the tomatoes and myoga in a medium bowl. Add 1 Tbsp sesame oil, 1 tsp rice vinegar, 1 tsp soy sauce, and ½ tsp sugar.

      Tomato Myoga Salad 3
    5. Add 1 tsp sesame seeds and toss all together to coat with the dressing. It is more refreshing when it’s chilled for at least 15-30 minutes before serving.

      Tomato Myoga Salad 4
    6. Serve the tomato salad individually or in a large serving bowl. Enjoy!

      Tomato Myoga Salad 5
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