Spinach Gomae

Spinach Gomae
Spinach Gomae

Spinach Gomae (sounds like ‘go-my’) is a Japanese side dish translated as “sesame dressing”. There are several types of gomae dishes, however, this is one of my favourite versions.  This side dish can be found in most Japanese restaurants in North America.  Unfortunately, it’s not as popular in the UK.  Not sure why because it’s absolutely amazing, really healthy and gluten free.

Once you’ve made up a batch of the dressing, you’ll go through bags and bags of spinach. It’s really easy to make and the dressing lasts forever in the fridge.  I can’t think of a better way to get your greens and iron.


  • 1/4 cup sesame paste or tahini
  • 1/4 cup white miso paste *slightly less if using a saltier miso
  • 2 Tbsp good quality honey
  • 3 Tbsp rice vinegar

In a mixing bowl, mix all ingredients together.  If too thick, add a small amount of water to desired consistency. Dressing should have a lovely nutty balanced flavour (like most dressings, a good balance between sweet, salty and  acid).  Depending on the saltiness of your miso, you may need to use slightly less miso so to not overpower your dressing.  Play with the flavour balances above and adjust to your own personal taste.

To prepare salad:

  • 2 bunches of spinach, cleaned and dried (or alternatively, on large bag of pre-washed, organic spinach)
  • Toasted sesame seeds or crushed peanuts for garnish

Blanch spinach leaves in simmering water for 30 seconds or until wilted.  Immerse into ice water bath and pat excess water.  Remove and squeeze out excess water. Or, place into plastic bag and place into microwave on high for about 2 minutes. Carefully remove from bag, immerse into ice water bath and place onto paper towels to squeeze out excess water.

Transfer spinach to chilled serving plates and top with dressing, and a sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds or chopped peanuts.