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Japanese Mixed Salad With Sambaizu Dressing

ingredients

1/2 daikon root
2 young carrots
2 crisp lettuce hearts
2 green celery stalks
2 thick slices lean cooked ham (approx. 8 oz (225 g) total weight)

for the sambai zu dressing:

2 tbsp Japanese light soy sauce
2 tbsp Japanese rice vinegar (or cider vinegar, see method)
6 tbsp sunflower oil
salt and freshly ground pepper

method

1. Trim and peel the vegetables, wash and drain well. Tear the larger lettuce leaves into small pieces.

2. Use a mandoline cutter or food processor to slice the daikon root and carrot into wafer-thin rounds and the celery into very thin pieces cutting across the stalk.

3. Mix all these in a large bowl. Cut the ham into strips.

4. Make the dressing: mix 2 pinches of salt, a little freshly ground pepper, the soy sauce and the vinegar in a bowl. If using cider vinegar, use 1 1/2 tbsp and add 1/2 tbsp of cold water and a generous pinch of caster sugar.

5. Keep beating with a balloon whisk as you gradually add the oil to form an emulsion.

6. Add this dressing to the salad and mix well; transfer to individual plates and place four ham strips on top of each serving.

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