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Sesame-dressed Greens

This is based on a classic Japanese sesame greens dish, and is delicious served with crispy fried tofu and rice or noodles.

Sesame Dressed Greens

Serves 2
 | Dietary: Vegan, can be gluten-free using tamari instead of shoyu

Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: 10 minutes


  • 350g seasonal green vegetables (broccoli, Romanesco, kale, purple sprouting etc.)

  • 1 tsp toasted sesame oil


  • 4 tbsp sesame seeds

  • 1 tbsp shoyu or if gluten-free ½ tbsp tamari

  • 1 tbsp light brown sugar
  • Water


  1. Wash and cut the vegetables into bite sizes.
  2. Steam until just cooked and cool under running cold water.
  3. Drain the vegetables and drizzle with a teaspoon of toasted sesame oil.
  4. Toast the sesame seeds in a frying pan until a golden colour. Make sure to keep stirring the sesame seeds as they are burn easily.
  5. Place 3 tablespoons of sesame seeds in a mortar and grind until a paste is formed.
  6. Mix in the shoyu and sugar into the sesame paste. The paste will be too thick at this stage so gradually add a little water until it has a runnier drizzling consistency.
  7. Drizzle the sesame dressing over the prepared vegetables and scatter generously with the extra tablespoon of toasted sesame seeds to serve.

Delicious food photography by Rob Wicks of Eat Pictures.

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