If you love Japanese salad dressings then take it a step further with Wafu products, we created a whole Japanese meal paired with sake.
We used Wafu Original Sesame Dressing in a Smoked Salmon Salad (recipe below) and it was wonderful. Smoked Salmon and Sesame Dressing mixed with chopped cucumber and a little green onion; this is definitely something I’ll slip into my culinary bag of tricks.
We also made the Original Burger – moist but I felt it needed of a little more seasoning than the recipe called for. Both of us like things a bit spicy so we topped ours with the Wasabi Mayo and were in heaven.
We prepared the above dishes, in combination with the Zucchini Fritters we’d made previously and impressed with the final results.
Get the Zucchini Fritters recipe: Cooking with Wafu: Zucchini Fritters Recipe
With spring around the corner (we can only hope), BBQ’s will soon be fired up all over the city. And ours will be one of the first. I grill and toss everything I can get my hands on, and am looking forward to trying the Wafu condiments on grilled meats and vegetable.
Listed below are the Wafu products we used and two recipe .
Japanese Dressings (gluten-free versions available)
- Original Sesame – wonderful in or on anything (also a light version available)
- Ginger Carrot – great on any salad
- Wasabi Edamame – again, on anything, salad, eggs etc.
- Sesame Mayonaizu – is good on just about everything.
- Wasabi Mayonaizu – you’ve got to like Wasabi to enjoy this, we do.
- Spicy Mayonaizu – add a kick to meat/deli meat sandwich or burgers.
Recipe: Smoked Salmon Salad
225 g smoked salmon, sliced
6 Lebanese cucumbers, cubed (or substitute with 1/2 English cucumber)
1 green onion, finely chopped
½ cup Wafu Original Sesame
Cut smoked salmon slices into bite-size pieces.
In a bowl, mix cucumbers and green onion. Add the smoked salmon and toss.
Serve with Wafu Original.
PREP TIME: 15 minutes
Optional: Garnish with chopped dill or parsley.
Wafu Original Burger
560 g ground beef
½ onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, very finely chopped
½ cup Wafu Original Sesame
1 cup bread crumbs
Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 whole-wheat hamburger buns
1 large tomato, sliced
1 onion, sliced
4 large Boston lettuce leaves
Preheat grill to high.
Place ground beef in a large mixing bowl. Add chopped onion, garlic and ginger and mix with a wooden spoon. Add egg, Wafu Original, and bread crumbs, mixing well after each.
Divide the meat into 4* equal portions. Lightly pat each portion into a 1¼-cm-thick patty.
Season each patty on both sides with salt and pepper.
Arrange tomato slices, onion slices and lettuce leaves on a serving platter.
When ready to grill, place the burgers on the hot grate. Grill burgers until cooked to taste, 3 to 4 minutes per side for medium-rare.
Meanwhile, place the hamburger buns on the hot grate and grill until lightly toasted, 1 to 2 minutes per side.
To serve, line each bun with a lettuce leaf, then top with a burger, tomato slice, and onion. Serve with Wafu Mayo. SERVES: 4
PREP TIME: 20 minutes
COOKING TIME: 10 minutes * we made 3 patties.
Tip: Looking for a light nutritious meal – sauté spinach in butter or a bit of canola oil; top with poached eggs and the Wasabi Edamame Dressing. Switch the dressing to Ginger-Carrot if you’re not partial to wasabi.
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Wafu is sold in stores in Canada and the United States check pricing and locations on the Wafu website www.wafu.ca.
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