So, I am back from Japan and as usual fighting with inevitable jetlag again.
Japan is now 7 hours ahead of the Norwegian time and I still feel hungry at odd hours… Ummm… My husband and I spent 3 weeks in Japan and we really had a good time! I have many photos to show you, so will write about my trip in another blog post. We bought JR pass this time and made quite good use of it. If you are planning a trip to Japan soon, with or without JR pass, I hope my blog post will be helpful in your travel planning.
Today I am writing a recipe of my home made salad dressing using spring carrots. I am now hooked on salad, a healthy addiction I must say.
While we were in Japan my husband and I really enjoyed many delicious dishes in different cities. As far as food is concerned, I think Japan and France are my favorite. Particularly I enjoyed salads during my spring trip in Japan. When you are traveling for three weeks and eating at restaurants almost everyday, it can get too much. I feel so tired of restaurant food when it continues with no break. Traveling is fun but you are busy with sightseeing and shopping in strange places and your body is sometimes much more tired than you think and I think it is important and wise that you eat light. Usually Japanese dishes are light but there are so many tempting dishes and you want to try it all when you are there. In between such big and memorable meals, salad was a good dish for me to eat, and in Japan there are so many kinds to try as well.
Here is one, I had this in Sapporo in Hokkaido, a fantastic salad with very locally produced ingredients!
It was called “White Caesar Salad” and it was so delicious that I can not forget.
Locally produced vegetables and local brand chicken called “Nakasatsunai Chicken”, a brand chicken in Hokkaido produced in Nakasatsunai Village, are mixed and totally covered by finely shredded Mozzarella cheese also locally produced by Hanabatake Farm, a famous farm in Tokachi city in Hokkado. It was really an excellent salad.
After I came home, I have been experimenting to create a good home made salad dressing and here is one using Spring Carrot.
Small Spring Carrot 1 finely grated
New Yellow Onion 20 g finely grated
Rice vinegar 30 cc
Olive oil (cold pressed) 50 cc
Lemon juice 2 tea spoons
Soy Sauce 2 tea spoons
Coarse mustard 2 tea spoons
Salt, pepper, honey, sugar to your taste
I mixed all these with a bar mixer.
If you do not have a bar mixer, I really recommend to get one as it is a very useful cooking tool. Not only salad dressing you can make good soups or smoothies with it.
A good salad for your breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Home made salad dressing is easier to make than you think.