Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Wilted Mustard Green Salad with Miso Dressing

I always forget how much I like Mustard Greens so I don’t buy them very often. But luckily I picked up some by mistake while reaching for Kale.  And, instead of my usual sauté, I decided instead to make a salad. Mustard Greens have a peppery kick like Arugula and when made into a salad needs to be massaged like Kale. The difference is that it wilts, but I think that is part if its’ charm. So, I usually add some vegetables with some crunch – in this case Red Pepper and Daikon Radish. To make this a main dish salad, I also added Edamame to give it some protein content.  I actually had a bag of them in the freezer and boiled and peeled them but you can buy them already peeled too to save time.  Anyway, this is a delicious salad and the salad dressing is so versatile that it can be used for salads made of many other vegetables, like spinach, cabbage or even on tofu.

Wilted Mustard Green Salad with Miso Dressing

2 bunches of Mustard Greens (about 6 cups torn up leaves)
4 green onions, minced
1 small red pepper, cut into small pieces
1 cup Edamame (I used Trader Joe’s brand – frozen and thawed)
1 cup of Daikon Radish, peeled and cut into small pieces

Put Mustard Greens in a large bowl.  Pour dressing over and massage in with your hands.  Then add in the Green Onions, Red Pepper, Edamame and Daikon Radish. Toss to mix and serve.

Miso Dressing

1 heaping Tablespoon Yellow Miso
2 Tablespoons Seasoned Rice Vinegar
1” square piece of Ginger, minced or grated
1 small garlic clove, minced
2 Tablespoons Toasted Sesame Oil
1 teaspoon Tamari
4 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
1 teaspoon Sugar

Mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl with a whisk and drizzle over the Mustard Greens. 

Five Element Analysis

Mustard Greens belong to the Wood Element so that element is covered and the Miso, being fermented adds even more. The  Red Pepper contributes the Fire Element.  The Earth Element is found in the Edamame as it grows underground and the Daikon and the Green Onions contribute the Metal Element. The Water Element is represented by the Sesame Oil and the Tamari. This then is a perfectly balanced salad!

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