Japanese Restaurant Salad for #SundaySupper + a Giveaway!

    This week #SundaySupper is a little different.  We are still sharing delicious recipes to enjoy with our families, but this time the recipes are from Katie Workman’s cookbook, The Mom 100 CookbookKatie Workman was nice enough to send us copies of her new cookbook and she’s giving me one to give to my readers as well!  The cookbook is wonderful.  There are five fun and tasty solutions to getting your kids to each just about everything.  There’s a story to go along with all of the recipes, easy to follow instructions, a photo of each recipe, and suggestions for different variations.  There’s even a place on the side of each recipe for what the kids can do to help and what can be made ahead of time.

     Our theme for #SundaySupper was Portable Recipes for Getting Together with Friends.  When we have get togethers I often bring along the appetizers or desserts.  Being that it’s summer and the farmer’s market is open, I wanted to bring something healthy but still delicious.  I soon came across Katie’s recipe for Japanese Restaurant Salads.  I love the classic orange ginger dressing that goes on top of salads at Japanese restaurants so I couldn’t wait to make this dish.

     I went to the farmer’s market early Friday morning and bough mixed greens and cucumbers.  I had carrots at home already so I didn’t bother buying any of those.  There are two things I really enjoy about the farmer’s market.  The first is the fresh, organic produce.  The second is the people that I see when I go.  So many of my friends and acquaintances go to the farmer’s market weekly and it’s nice to be able to catch up while we’re shopping.

     This salad was easy to make and only took a few minutes.  I washed the vegetables and tossed them together.  To transport the salad I threw it in a large plastic bag with a twist tie.  This helps to not crush the lettuce leaves, it reuses a bag I had in the house, and I can just throw it away when I’m done.  The dressing turned out to be a beautiful orange color and it tasted fresh and gingery with a hint of the miso and sesame oil.  I put the dressing in a glass Pyrex container with a lid and I was ready to go!

Japanese Restaurant Salad (slightly adapted from Katie Workman’s The Mom 100 Cookbook)
6 c. mixed greens
1/2 c. peeled, shredded carrots
1/2 cucumber, thinly sliced
For the dressing:
2 medium carrots, peeled and cut into 1 inch chunks
1 (2 inch) piece of fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
1 shallot, minced
3 T. rice vinegar
1/4 c. vegetable oil
1 T. sesame oil
1 t. sugar
4 t. miso paste
1 t. salt
1 t. black pepper 

1.  In a large bowl toss the mixed greens, shredded carrots, and cucumbers.  

2.  To make the dressing combine the carrots, ginger, shallot, rice vinegar, vegetable oil, sesame oil, and sugar in a food processor.  Blend until combined.  

3.  Add in the miso, salt, pepper, and 2 tablespoons of water.  Blend until the dressing is fairly smooth.

4.  Place the salad into 4 bowls and top with dressing.

 One lucky reader will win a copy of The Mom 100 Cookbook!  This giveaway is open to readers in the US only.  This giveaway will run through June 29, 2012.  Winners will be chosen at random and will be contacted via e-mail on June 30. To enter tell me which of the recipes below you would most want to make (mandatory entry). To earn a second entry like Katie Workman on Facebook.  To earn a third entry follow Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks on Google Friends Connect.  To earn a fourth entry follow Katie Workman on Twitter. 

 Looking for more portable recipes?  Check out all of the other wonderful recipes for #SundaySupper!

  • Wine Pairing  to complement our recipes ~ ENOFYLZ

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Join us this week! We’ll share these fabulous recipes and want you to share yours with us!  The fun starts at 3pm EST and lasts all afternoon until dinner time and sometimes beyond.  All you have to do is follow the hashtag #sundaysupper on twitter or follow along on TweetChat.  Our #SundaySupper Pinterest Board will be filled with wonderful Simple and Fresh Summer Recipes. There is always room Around the Family Table for you.

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  1. I love those ginger salads from the restaurants. Can’t wait to give this a try.

  2. I guess since I didn’t receive a copy I am eligible to win? I want to try the roasted chicken Isabel made.

  3. This salad looks awesome! Great pick for this week!

  4. I have been looking for a recipe for the ginger salad dressing. Thanks for sharing it!
    It is hard to decide which of the recipes I most want to cook but pinned down I would have to say the Sauteed Corn one.

  5. I “liked” Katie Workman on facebook

  6. I am following Katie on twitter (@reneedobbs)

  7. This recipe is now on my must try list! Absolutely beautiful and I know my family will love it! Thank you for sharing during #Sundaysupper!

  8. I’ve been using ginger alot more lately. I just have to look for that miso paste! Great salad!

  9. I think this salad looks amazing!!! YUM!

    I wish we had a farmer’s market!

  10. Lovely salad recipe and perfect for the summer!!I have yet to use miso paste.Will be trying it out soon :)

  11. i want to make the Fresh Mozzarella Pasta Casserole

  12. i like Katie Workman on Facebook.

  13. i follow Katie Workman on Twitter.

  14. I can always use a good salad!! Thanks for sharing it at #SundaySupper!!

  15. What a beautiful salad! Thank you for sharing it on #SundaySupper!!!

  16. Carrot dressing? Oh I’ll have to try that!

    I’m entering the book giveaway since I wasn’t selected. I’d make the bacon and dried cherry chocolate chip cookies ;) haha ok fine that’s not fair. Ever since Nicole said she was bringing that cauliflower soup, I wanted to make it.

  17. I’m following Katiee on twitter (@chocolatemoosey)

  18. I liked Katie on Facebook

  19. Ginger salads are my favorite hands down! Looks FANTASTIC!

  20. My favorite things to eat at a Japanese restaurant are the fabulous salads and miso soup. I’m excited about this recipe because I often have these ingredients in my pantry. Thanks for sharing this one!

  21. What a lovely salad! I don’t think I’ve ever eating a Japanese salad, but I know I’d love this…especially the unique dressing! Excellent #SundaySupper selection~

  22. I haven’t looked at all of the recipes yet, but I seriously must make this salad. It’s definitely a restaurant favorite!

  23. Your salad looks amazing. I love the dressing. Happy #SundaySupper.

  24. It’s hard to choose just one. They all sound great. I want to make the corn with bacon and spinach for sure.

  25. I like Katie Workman on Facebook.

  26. I have often wondered what was in that salad dressing. It is so refreshing even when it is served on just iceberg lettuce :) Thanks for sharing this treat of a recipe. Many on the list caught my eye, but I definitely would like to make the Japanese Restaurant Salad ~ Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks, the Cauliflower and Cheddar Soup served in Bread Bowls, and the Caribbean Warm Spice Chicken with Cinnamon Ginger & Paprika. I hopped over to the other two sites and these look awesome. Thank you for sharing today and for the fun giveaway opportunity.

  27. I follow Hezzi-D’s with GFC (Denise Zaky) and email.

  28. I liked Katie on Facebook (Denise Zaky)

  29. This salad looks delish! Can’t wait to give it a try! :)

  30. The salad you picked from her cookbook looks SO good. What a perfect #SundaySupper. Had so much fun Sunday with everyone and this recipe has been added to my must try list. :)

  31. Your salad and ginger dressing would go great with the japanese mayo sauce I just made! I’d also like to try the sesame noodles. For some reason, I have yet to make noodles!

  32. I also just liked Katie Workman on FB. ~thewaytohisheart

  33. I’d go for the cauliflower soup – I adore cauliflower!

  34. Follow Katie on FB

  35. Follow you on GFC

  36. Follow Katie on Twitter

  37. I’d like to make Easy Chicken Enchiladas
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  38. I am a public follower of yours on GFC (Carolsue).
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  39. I follow Katie on Twitter as MsCarolsueA
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  40. I like Katie on Facebook (Carolsue Anderson)
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  41. Sesame noodles looks so good.

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