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Chilled Wilted Tatsoi Salad with Sesame-Ginger Dressing

Chilled Wilted Tatsoi Salad with Sesame-Ginger Dressing is a fun way to use the interesting Asian greens called Tatsoi. Use Salad Recipes for more Salads like this one.

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Chilled Wilted Tatsoi Salad with Sesame-Ginger Dressing

A few weeks ago I went to the Salt Lake Downtown Alliance Farmer’s Market for the first time this year and got some Tatsoi. I had only vaguely heard of Tatsoi, but I thought it would be fun to try. Apparently it’s a type of Asian greens related to bok choy that can be eaten raw or cooked. It’s becoming popular and is now grown around the world.

Interestingly, the plant is resistant to cold, and several sources mentioned it can be harvested from underneath snow. Apparently Tatsoi grows in a lovely bunch like this, but what I got was a bag of leaves, and more searching revealed that you can harvest the whole plant or individual leaves.

I did find a few other bloggers talking about Tatsoi (mostly people who had received it in their CSA box and were wondering what to do with it!) Some people compare the flavor to mustard greens, but I found it to be milder, more like swiss chard, and very pleasant. I had fun adapting a recipe from The New York Times into this Chilled Wilted Tatsoi Salad with Sesame-Ginger Dressing; hope you enjoy!

Chilled Wilted Tatsoi Salad with Sesame-Ginger Dressing

This first photo is how my Tatsoi leaves looked when I finally dumped them out of the bag a few days after I bought them. After I washed the leaves, I sliced them into strips. I used a recipe adapted from Big Oven which called for blanching the Tatsoi for a minute in boiling water, then draining it quickly.

Then the drained Tatsoi should be plunged into ice water to stop the cooking process. I used the salad spinner for this step. (affiliate link) You’re going to love this next part. I mixed the asian dressing right in the bowl I was going to use for the salad, which eliminated dirtying another dish.

Then the wilted Tatsoi is added to the dressing and chilled for an hour or more before serving. I ate this on a very hot day, and it was a refreshing change from more traditional salad.

More Bloggers Who’ve Discovered Tatsoi:

Char Sui Lo Mein from Tigers and Strawberries
Tatsoi with Mushrooms and Indian Spices from The Crispy Cook
Fennel, Lime, and Tatsoi Risotto with Backstrap of Lamb from Abstract Gourmet
Tatsoi Sauteed with Mushrooms and Garlic from Anna’s Cool Finds

Chilled Wilted Tatsoi Salad with Sesame-Ginger Dressing
(Makes about 2 servings, recipe adapted from Big Oven, who got it from the New York Times.)

Ingredients:
10-12 ounces Tatsoi leaves
sesame seeds, for garnish (I used a mix of black and white sesame seeds, but you can use whichever type you have)

Dressing Ingredients:
2 T soy sauce (use gluten-free if needed)
1 T rice vinegar (not seasoned)
1 tsp. grated ginger root
1 tsp. sweetener of your choice
1/2 tsp. Sriracha (or other types of Asian hot chile sauce would work)
fresh ground black pepper to taste

Instructions:
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, and fill another bowl with cold water and a handful of ice cubes. Wash Tatsoi leaves (I used a salad spinner) and cut into thick strips. Dump Tatsoi into boiling water, time for exactly one minutes, then drain immediately into colander and dump into bowl with ice water. (I used used the salad spinner again for the ice water.)While Tatsoi is cooling in ice water, get a plastic bowl with a tight fitting lid that’s large enough to hold all the Tatsoi. Mix dressing ingredients in this bowl, then drain Tatsoi well and add to dressing. Chill in the refrigerator an hour or more, turning bowl over a few times so Tatsoi remains coated with the dressing.

To serve, use tongs or a slotted spoon to remove Tatsoi from bowl and arrange on serving plates. Toast sesame seeds for 1-2 minutes in a dry pan and sprinkle over salad. (If using a mixture, the black seeds burn more quickly than the white ones.) Serve immediately.

I ate half of this and kept the other half in the fridge for a day. It was still okay the second day, but much better freshly made.

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23 comments on “Chilled Wilted Tatsoi Salad with Sesame-Ginger Dressing”

  1. Bonnie, thanks for the nice feedback and for sharing the link. So glad you liked the salad.

  2. Kalyn, I tried your tatsoi recipe this evening with some tatsoi I got at the farmer's market. This is a lovely recipe. I have shared a link to your site with the farmer's market and all its patrons…and hopefully they will visit here and browse around. Thanks for sharing! The pix are inviting. Bonnie Deahl

  3. Otehlia, thanks. Glad you liked the post.

  4. It is a gorgeous plant! Nice to meet your blog!

  5. That looks so tasty and healthy. I haven’t seen tatsoi yet but will keep an eye out for it.

  6. Kalyn, this looks like just the perfect thing for tatsoi, and thanks so much for remembering my picture. It is one of my favorites!

  7. Simona, I think I’m going to order some seeds because I didn’t find it in Salt Lake. I do really want to grow it!

    Jude, I highly recommend it!

    Karen, thanks. Loved it!

    Jaime, thank you! Food styling is definitely not my best skill, but I’m trying to improve!

  8. i wish my husband would eat more veggies. this looks delicious though, beautiful plating.

  9. I really love tatsoi, but rarely find it anywhere.
    This looks delicious!

  10. Never heard nor seen Tatsoi before… Will have to keep an eye out for this.

  11. I actually planted a couple of tatsoi seedlings last year and they did well in my garden. I liked their flavor too, when I cooked them. A nice shade of dark green for a healthy salad.

  12. Mallika, not sure what choi sum is, but I think this would taste good on most any type of greens.

  13. I haven’t seen this in our Chinese supermarket but I’ll keep my eyes peeled next time I go. Presumably the marinade would work with Choi Sum too?

  14. Tanna, I wanted to try this for a couple of years now. Loved it!

    Jeanne, I thought the flavor was very similar to what we call bok choy here, maybe a cross between that and swiss chard.

    Joanna, good luck finding it.

    TBTAM – Chinese vegetable! Love it!

    KP – thanks.

    Anh, I really, really liked it. Do hope you’ll like the grilled chicken.

  15. Kalyn, this is such a neat recipe. 🙂

    I am trying your grilled chicken breast today for dinner. Hopefully it will work out!

  16. Just wanna say you have got a nice blog up here nice work.

  17. I remember years ago having something simlar at the home of a Chinese friend – I think she called it “Chinese vegetable”, and I’ve been wondering what it was ever since.

    Thanks!

  18. I haven’t heard of tatsoi either, but I do love greens… will keep an eye out for it at the farmer’s market!

  19. Never heard of tatsoi but at Chez Cooksister we are huge fans of pak choi (had some baby pak choi last night, yum!). I do love my greens and these look like no exception 🙂

  20. Tatsoi sounds excellent. Always you onto this things Kalyn! I’ll be looking for it now. Hope you can find seeds, that should be really interesting but all your garden space.

  21. Thanks Dhanggit. And Lydia, actually I read that it can be planted spring through fall, and I’m going to try planting it this year if I can find some seeds!

  22. Now I wonder… are you thinking about growing tatsoi in your beautiful garden next summer? This is one of my favorite Asian greens, and I think it is easy to grow, though I don’t have it in my garden.

  23. this is what i need to put me in good shape!! this looks gorgeous!

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