I've noticed since moving back to America (I lived in Japan for 4 years and think I"m Japanese about 97% of the time), I noticed that Asian Salad, Sesame Chicken Salad, or some variation of the former appear on a wide variety of restaurant menus from Wendy's to upscale fusion restaurants.
Some of them are great, some of them are gross.
I made this salad last night using a dressing that I believe has the good qualities of a generic soy-based dressing without any of the bad (read: chemicals, sugar, anti-caking agents, animal parts) ingredients from restaurant versions of this salad. This is a veggie-only presentation, but throw some grilled chicken on this bad boy and call it a meal!
For the dressing, whisk together the following in a big bowl:
- ½ teaspoon garlic paste or 1 clove minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1 ½ tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon sushi seasoning (no worries if you can't find this - use 1 tablespoon rice vinegar and ¼ teaspoon sugar instead)