Concoct your summer vegetable salad

Some people tell me I eat like a rabbit, which could be true at times, but don’t worry because I do eat other things than vegetables. I post vegetable dishes frequently because I tend to have abundant stock of vegetables at home, and I must say sometimes over stock of it that I need to use up a lot of it before they go bad. And that’s when it’s a perfect time to be creative, use my imagination, and make gigantic salads. This creative part of making salad, the colors I see, the nourishment my body gets, the fridge I clean up all add up to me with a happy belly and a happy heart.

I’m going to put some photos of some salad I made the last three months that’s worth sharing!

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Grilled vegetable salad

I had tons of baby kale in the fridge, which meant lots of salad for me! I grilled veggies (paprika, bell pepper, mushroom, negi, peas, asparagus), and had Japanese summer eggplant (pickled), and leftover quinoa salad. Negi added Japaneseness to this.

 

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Steamed veg and tuna salad

Again, this is from the same stock of baby kale. I steamed broccoli, mushroom, chopped up red and yellow bell pepper, and prepared a umeboshi (Japanese plum) and cucumber vinegar salad. I am trying to stop using canned stuff, but this is canned tuna to be real, and mini tomatoes. I dressed it with my homemade yuzu kosho (yuzu pepper) and olive oil dressing.

 

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Sweet corn and summer vegetable pumpkin salad

For this one, I just put everything together… I had spinach leaves, tomato, green pepper, sweet corn, and leftover garlic pumpkin slices, so I put them all together! I think it was a last min type of lunch.

 

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Natto and arugula salad

This has lots of Japanese ingredients in it, like natto (fermented soybeans), myoga (flower bud of ginger?), slices of raw ginger, and I had avocado and sweet corn. The flavor combination of natto and myoga is superb, I add myoga to natto whenever I have myoga in my fridge. No dressing required because natto already has soy sauce and a bold taste to it.

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