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Author Notes: Shiro Ae (White Dressing) is a delicious, savory side dish served at Japanese inns. Usually, not-too-sweet tofu dresses spinach or squash. Here I've combined walnuts with honeydew to add extra crunch with great flavor.
The Super Secret: South Beach/ Low Carb Diets look down on soft fruits with a high sugar content. But by adding protein (here walnuts & tofu) the glucose enters the blood stream more slowly, meaning a lower glycemic count. For years, I've made Persimmon Walnut Shiro Ae, but since persimmons weren't in season, and that Honeydew was winking at me from the sideboard.... —BoulderGalinTokyo
- 1/4 cup Walnuts
- 100 grams Silken Tofu (1/3 cup), drained
- 1 teaspoon Soy sauce (I used white shoyu)
- 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
- 1/4 Honeydew Melon (generous 1 cup melon balls)
- 10 Green Beans, tops and strings removed
- 1/2 cup Seedless Grapes
- Crumble the walnuts in a mortar with a pestle or in a Japanese tsuribachi. This can be made in a food processor, but pulse the walnuts, stopping when the nuts are about in 1/4 inch-size.
- Add the smashed tofu to the walnuts. This is the Shiro Ae (White Dressing) (In food processor, mix but stop before it becomes a paste, leave some texture to the walnuts.)
- Add soy sauce and sugar (or sweetener) to the walnut tofu mixture.
- Microwave green beans until soft (45 seconds) on high (depends on your microwave). Put beans in ice water.
- Cut the melon. I make melon balls, but squares are fine.
- Section the grapes (removing seeds) into fourths or eights depending on their size.
- Mix and serve.
- Note--Grapes: I used Crimson from Australia, they are like Red Globe but without the seeds. Any grapes are fine if you have the time to pick the seeds out.
- Sweetener is a matter of choice. Keep the flavor proportion of sweet to soy sauce at 1 to 1. Agave and honey will add some liquid, so mix just before serving to prevent the tofu from separating.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Recipe with Melon
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Recipe with Walnuts