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Author Notes: This is a colorful dish of surprising textures, a fun dish to experience blindfolded! It is my version of a small plate served by the gifted Boston chef, Philip Tang. Smoky, crunchy and chewy elements of edamame, smoked fish, kale,pomegranate seeds and tobiko, all glazed with a creamy lemon sesame mayonnaise. In the photo, noodles have been added to the salad,which, in this version, does not include them. —LE BEC FIN
Kale Preparation and Salad Assembly
tablespoons canola oil
ounces kale leaves (central vein removed),chopped into 1” pieces, soaked and drained
cup shelled poached edamame
tablespoons lemon sesame aioli
teaspoons tamari (or Japanese soy sauce)
teaspoons Toasted black sesame seeds
ounces smoked salmon or gravlax,smoked tuna or trout pulled into 1/2-1" pieces
- Heat a wok or heavy skillet (not non-stick) over highest heat til just begins to smoke. Add oil til hot enough that you cannot hold your hand over the oil. Quickly add the kale and stirfry a few minutes til tender. Transfer to a bowl and cool. Add edamame and lemon sesame aioli, and tamari to taste. Set aside for an hour.
- Taste and adjust seasonings.
- Combine kale mixture with smoked fish,pomegranate,tobiko . Combine gently so as not to break up the fish. Plate and Garnish with black sesame seeds.
- Note: Tamari has a deeper, richer and more complex flavor than soy sauce.
- * Tobiko is tiny crunchy bright orange flying fish roe. They have a lovely mild taste of the sea. They are great for adding texture and as a coloful garnish.They can be found in the refrigerated or frozen section of most Asian markets. Black sesame seeds are also in Asian markets.
Lemon Sesame Aioli:
cup Hellman’s Mayonnaise
tablespoons lemon juice
tablespoons Japanese Sesame Oil (Maruhon is my favorite)
teaspoon Tamari ( or Japanese soy sauce)
teaspoon fresh wasabi paste (gritty is best)*
- Combine all thoroughly with a fork. Adjust seasoning .
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Recipe with Sesame
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Recipe for Lettuce-Free Salad
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Recipe with Noodles
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Recipe with Tea
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Soy
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Dish with Meat as a Flavoring
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Canned Fish Recipe