Spring sprouts hazelnut gomae

A modern and Canadian version of this traditional Japanese side dish

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Here, Andrea Carlson from Vancouver's Burdock & Co. shares her version of goma-aeTraditionally made with spinach, this Japanese side dish can be made with other leafy greens like kale. A variety of spring greens, like sunflower sprouts and fiddleheads, is used in this version, and the dressing is made with hazelnuts instead of sesame seeds. 

To roast hazelnuts, toast them in a dry skillet over medium heat for 5 to 7 minutes, stirring frequesntly, until fragrant and browned. We like to use sunflower sprouts, asparagus tips, baby kale, and blanched fiddleheads in this salad. 

1 cup toasted hazelnuts
1 cup grapeseed oil
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup pure maple syrup or liquid honey, (or mirin)
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup tahini
sea salt
4 cups mixed greens, like sunflower sprouts, asparagus tips, baby kale, and blanched fiddleheads

Using a pestle and mortar, crush 4 tbsp hazelnuts for garnish and set aside.

In a blender, combine remaining hazelnuts, grapeseed oil, vinegar, maple syrup, soy sauce, tahini, and salt to taste. Blend on high speed until smooth.

Divide mixed greens among serving plates. Drizzle with prepared dressing. Top with reserved crushed hazelnuts. Serve.

4 servings