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Wednesday Wind-Down: Simple Japanese Salad

lime-soy1I had a long weekend in New York last December, and as always when in New York, ate like a king.  Not one bad or disappointing meal over five days, thanks to my NY-based friends who know all the best spots.  The very last meal I had before flying home was in a quiet Japanese cafe near Penn Station, before I got the train to the airport.  My good friend Hegsie took me there, saying that it’s not a great part of Manhattan for restaurants, but that this place was ok.  I found it better than ok – I had a very simple but completely delicious seared tuna salad, which had beautiful light and delicate flavours.  It was a gorgeous last meal and set me up perfectly for the flight home.

The key was in the dressing, which was extremely simple – just light soy sauce and lime juice.  It sounds basic, and it is, but it’s so fresh-tasting and delicate.

For your own version of this salad, you can have whatever meat or fish you like: I’ve done it with chicken but think that grilled salmon is the best match for it.  I’ve even tried it with frozen salmon from Lidl and it was perfectly fine.


  • Salad leaves of your choice.  A mix that contains baby spinach and lamb’s lettuce would be particularly good, I think.
  • Salmon fillet (or any other fish or meat that you like)
  • A few veg.  Last time I made this, I used finely grated carrot, matchstick slices of cucumber and chopped up raw sugar snap peas.  Any combination is good, really.
  • Nice optional extras: peanuts, a chopped-up chilli and fresh coriander.
  • Light soy sauce and the juice of a lime, combined in a small bowl.


  1. Grill your salmon for about 10 minutes.  I like to prepare mine with a light glaze of honey and soy.
  2. Put all the veg in a big bowl and pour over the dressing.  Toss to coat the ingredients.
  3. When the salmon is cooked, put it into the salad, where it will flake up beautifully.

One Comment

  1. Hi There,

    Heading to the Big Apple in Dec with a few close friends to celebrate a milestone b/day – wondering if you could recommend a good steak house?

    There are plenty on line with various reviews, it would be good to get a recommendation from someone “in the know”

    Thank you so much.