Spinach Salad with Japanese Ginger Dressing

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Spinach Salad with Japanese Ginger Dressing

This spinach salad tossed with spunky ginger dressing was inspired by the iceberg salads served at Japanese steakhouses across the U.S. Add shrimp for lunch or a light supper.

Yield: 4 servings, about 1 1/2 cups each
Active Time: 20
Total Time: 20

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons minced onion
  • 3 tablespoons peanut or canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons finely grated fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 10 ounces fresh spinach, (see Note)
  • 1 large carrot, grated
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, very thinly sliced

Preparation

  1. Combine onion, oil, vinegar, ginger, ketchup, soy sauce, garlic, salt and pepper in a blender. Process until combined.
  2. Toss spinach, carrot and bell pepper with the dressing in a large bowl until evenly coated.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate the dressing (Step 1) for up to 5 days.
  • Note: Baby spinach is immature or young spinach—it's harvested earlier than large-leaved mature spinach. We like the sturdy texture of mature spinach in cooked dishes and serve tender, mild-flavored baby spinach raw or lightly wilted. Baby and mature spinach can be used interchangeably in these recipes (yields may vary slightly); be sure to remove the tough stems from mature spinach before using.
  • Weights & Measures
  • 10 ounces trimmed mature spinach=about 10 cups raw
  • 10 ounces baby spinach=about 8 cups raw

Nutrition

Nutrition Per Serving

calories 135
fat 11 g (2 g sat, 5 g mono)
cholesterol 0 mg
carbohydrates 9 g
protein 3 g
fiber 3 g
sodium 407 mg
potassium 559 mg

Nutrition Bonus Vitamin A (210% daily value), Vitamin C (100% dv), Folate (39% dv), Potassium (16% dv), Iron (15% dv).

Carbohydrate Serving 1/2

Exchanges 1 vegetable, 2 fat

From EatingWell September/October 2008