Friday, May 1

Ginger-Miso Snap Pea, Radish, & Napa Cabbage Salad

Crunchy sliced vegetables in a creamy Japanese-style dressing

The side salads I make for dinner are usually an afterthought, just some mixed greens and maybe some leftover veggies or cheese tossed with olive oil and lemon. There's nothing wrong with that, but when I make salads like this Smitten Kitchen-inspired snap pea, radish, and napa cabbage salad with creamy ginger-miso dressing, I never want to eat a simple green salad again. The main star is the ginger-miso dressing, which is salty, sweet, nutty, and creamy without the addition of any dairy. If you don't want to go through the hassle of prepping and slicing all the vegetables (but you should - it's worth it), you could put the dressing on some romaine lettuce and call it a day. The salad is heavy on crisp-tender sugar snap peas, which are in season for the next couple of months and are so sweet that you might even be able to skip blanching them and use them completely raw.  The napa cabbage adds bulk and the radishes add bite for a crunchy salad that will hold up to the dressing and can even sit out for a bit without wilting. You could add some shredded chicken to make this a main course, but I served it as a side dish to sticky Asian wings (coming to KSD soon).

Note: The dressing can be made in advance and kept in the fridge for a couple days, in case you want to plan ahead and double the recipe for more salads later in the week.

Related Recipes:
- Grilled Sesame-Soy Bok Choy Salad
- Kale Soba Noodle Bowl with Ginger-Lime Dressing
- Miso Asian Pear Salad

Snap Pea, Radish, & Napa Cabbage Salad with Creamy Ginger-Miso Dressing:
- 1/2 head napa cabbage, thinly sliced (about 3 cups)
- 1/2 lb. sugar snap peas
- 4-5 large radishes, cut into matchsticks
- 4 scallions, ends removed, thinly sliced
- 3 tbsp. sesame seeds, toasted in a dry skillet until golden
- 1/4 c. rice vinegar
- 2 tbsp. sesame oil
- 2 tbsp. canola or olive oil
- 2 tbsp. tahini paste*
- 2 tbsp. miso paste + more to taste
- 1 tbsp. honey
- 1 tbsp. ginger, peeled and minced
- 1 garlic clove, minced

  • In a blender, combine the rice vinegar, sesame oil, canola oil, tahini, miso, honey, ginger, and garlic and blend until smooth. Set the dressing aside.
  • Meanwhile, bring a pot of water to a boil and add in the sugar snap peas. Boil for 1 minute, then drain and immediately transfer to a bowl of ice water.
  • Let the sugar snaps cool in the water, then pat dry with a towel and thinly slice, removing any tough stems or strings.
  • Combine the snap peas with the cabbage, radishes, scallions, and half of the sesame seeds.
  • Add most of dressing and toss to coat. Add more dressing if needed and sprinkle with remaining sesame seeds.

Serves four-six (side dish)
*Sesame seed paste. Often found by the nut butters in the grocery store.