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Simple Sesame Salad

Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Mary Clayton Carl
Hands-on time 5 mins
Total time 7 mins
Yield Serves 4 (serving size: about 1 1/3 cups)
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.

Ingredients

  • 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

Nutrition 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

How to Make It

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