Japanese Spinach Salad, Ohitashi Recipe

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This is a delicious way to consume large quantities of one of the healthiest foods on the planet...spinach! I came to love this when I lived in Japan from 1991-1992, and make it frequently now because it is so easy, healthful and delicious. Serve this with any Asian dish, or any meat and potatoes. It's not particularly spicy, but is flavorful, and makes a nice complement for spicy and non-spicy main dishes.

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Servings: 4-6


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  • 1 lb spinach leaves or mustard greens, washed
  • 1/2 cup fish stock (dashi)
  • 1 1/2 T soy sauce
  • Dried Bonito flakes (optional) - Fish flakes that can be purchased in a jar at most Asian supermarkets
  • Toasted sesame seeds (optional)


  1. Parboil spinach in lightly salted water until just tender (about 1 minute), place in colander and rinse with cold water
  2. Squeeze out any remaining water by pressing leaves against the bottom of the colander. It should take the shape of the colander.
  3. Remove from colander and cut length-wise and width-wise into approximately 1 inch squares.
  4. Pour dressing over and sprinkle with bonito flakes and/or toasted sesame seeds.
  5. Dressing:
  6. Make Dashi by adding 1/2 Tsp of dashi granules (can be purchased at most Asian supermarkets) to 1/2 cup of boiling water. Or add 1/8 cup of the bonito flakes to 1/2 cup boiling water
  7. Mix the Dashi and the soy sauce together in a small bowl.
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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 117g
Recipe makes 4 servings
Calories 55  
Calories from Fat 35 64%
Total Fat 3.9g 5%
Saturated Fat 0.58g 2%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 274mg 11%
Potassium 486mg 14%
Total Carbs 3.24g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1.8g 6%
Sugars 0.4g 0%
Protein 3.07g 5%



  • Charlene
    February 14, 2011
    I am gonna try it tonite
    I've cooked/tasted this recipe!


    • FromScratch Sarah
      March 21, 2011
      This looks so pretty and amazing!I am going to go try it right now(senza the sushi mat and fish sauce,hoping I can still get my roll on with a thick cloth maybe?)Thanks for sharing this,and for your follow too!
      • Tanya Solomon
        February 6, 2010
        I don't think this should be in the vegetarian section, stock and bonito? I suppose you can substitute.
        • Iris Higgins
          January 26, 2010
          This sounds delicious!
          • Diana van
            December 31, 2008
            Sounds great I love spinach there is low sodium soy sauce available at most grocery stores too.
            • John Spottiswood
              January 27, 2010
              Hi are right. Normally I don't bother to roll...I just cut in squares and serve. I drain by squeezing down in the colander. However, to dress it up, simply roll the spinach with a sushi mat so that the roll is about 2 inches in diameter. Then cut the roll in 2 inch pieces. Sushi mats cost around $1.00 and are very handy. If you don't live near an Asian grocery, you can buy one here:
              • tamajinn
                December 22, 2008
                I love spinach and Japanese food so I'll have to try this sometime! Just wondering though-- in the picture they look sushi-shaped, but the recipe sounds like they would look more like flat squares. Would you roll up the drained spinach to make them cute like the photo?
                Thanks for a cool recipe!
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