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Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Mary Clayton Carl Photo by: Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Mary Clayton Carl

Simple Sesame Salad

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.

Cooking Light NOVEMBER 2012

  • Yield: Serves 4 (serving size: about 1 1/3 cups)
  • Hands-on: 5 Minutes
  • Total: 7 Minutes


  • 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.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 83
  • Fat: 7.1g
  • Saturated fat: 1g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 2.8g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 3.1g
  • Protein: 1.8g
  • Carbohydrate: 4.9g
  • Fiber: 2.5g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0mg
  • Iron: 1.1mg
  • Sodium: 177mg
  • Calcium: 32mg

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