Simple Sesame Salad

Simple Sesame Salad Recipe
Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Mary Clayton Carl
I was served this side salad at a few restaurants and loved its nutty flavor and utter simplicity. The key is roasted ground sesame seeds: Look for roasted ground sesame seeds at ­Korean markets. They're not ground to a powder but crushed a bit. You can make your own by toasting sesame seeds until deeply golden, allowing them to cool, and crushing with a mortar and pestle.


Serves 4 (serving size: about 1 1/3 cups)
Total time: 7 Minutes

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Recipe Time

Hands-on: 5 Minutes
Total: 7 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 83
Fat 7.1 g
Satfat 1 g
Monofat 2.8 g
Polyfat 3.1 g
Protein 1.8 g
Carbohydrate 4.9 g
Fiber 2.5 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Iron 1.1 mg
Sodium 177 mg
Calcium 32 mg


1 1/2 tablespoons roasted ground sesame seeds
1 tablespoon coarsely ground Korean chile (gochugaru)
1 1/2 tablespoons dark sesame oil
1 1/2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons lower-sodium soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
6 cups torn romaine lettuce
1/3 cup slivered red onion


1. Combine first 6 ingredients in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add lettuce and onion; toss to coat. Serve immediately.