|Prep time: 15 minutes||Cooking time: 30 minutes||Total time: 45 minutes|
When I lived in Brooklyn as a graduate student, I had a favorite Japanese restaurant that I would go to after a particularly grueling day. Slipping into a seat at the sushi bar, the first thing I would order is gomae, a Japanese spinach salad with sesame paste. Packed with vitamins, it would start to perk me right up, along with a cup of green tea or hot sake.
Wash and blanch spinach. Drain the water very well (you can press it out with your hands or a sieve). Cut spinach into 2-inch lengths. Put sesame seeds in a blender and grind them. Add sugar, soy sauce, and sake and mix well. Put spinach in serving bowl and mix in the dressing. Sprinkle any extra sesame seeds on top. Makes 4 servings.