All recipes are for 2 servings unless noted. Oil is canola oil and salt is kosher salt.


Horenso no namuru / spinach namul salad (garlic flavor)

Garlicky magic? A large handful of spinach will quickly disappear into your stomach.

1/2 of recipe (with 200 g spinach):
43 calories; 2.8 g protein; 2.2 g fat; 4.3g carbohydrate; 1.1 g net carbs; 54 mg sodium (with 50% reduced-sodium soy sauce; 93 mg sodium with regular soy sauce); 0 mg cholesterol; 3.2 g fiber


Large handful spinach (1 bag or 1/2 bunch, approx. 200-250 g)
1 clove garlic
1/2 tsp sesame oil (not in photo)
1/2 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp toasted white sesame seeds


Blanch spinach (without salt if you are on low-sodium diet).


Transfer to a mixing bowl while fluffing.
If using whole spinach, cut into 3-4 cm.

Grate garlic.


Put sesame oil on spinach, and mix well.

When spinach surface is coated with sesame oil, add garlic and soy sauce, and mix well.

Add sesame seeds while coarsely grinding them between two fingers in a twisting motion, and mix well.

  • Adding sesame oil first prevents spinach from absorbing too much salt. 
  • This recipe works great with any leafy greens. Some leafy greens contain more sodium (shungiku 73 mg sodium/100 g edible part; daikon leaves 48 mg; mizuna 36 mg) than others (spinach & nanohana 16 mg; kabu leaves & komatsuna 15 mg), so watch out your choice and volume if you are on low-sodium diet.   

(Last updated: April 20, 2014)

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