Japanese Spinach Salad

Japanese spinach salad is a very light dish that’s swimming in a sweet soy umami sauce and goes deliciously with any meal. It’s a simple Japanese spinach recipe that’s healthy and so easy to make.

Japanese side dishes are typically simple and complement the main dish. This Japanese spinach recipe is just that, a perfect veggie side for your next meal.

Japanese style spinach salad topped with bonito flakes served in a white bowl being picked up with a pair of chopsticks.

What is Japanese Spinach Salad?

Japanese spinach salad is boiled spinach with a sweet and savory soy sauce dressing.

All we need to do is boil down the spinach for a couple of minutes to get it nice and soft. From there, we make the umami sauce all boiled down and poured on top of the cooked spinach.

Enjoy it right away for the warm version, or throw it in the fridge for the cold version!

What does Japanese spinach salad taste like?

This spinach salad is a Japanese vegetable dish that is light in flavor but full of umami. The sweet and savory soy dressing compliment the natural taste of spinach perfectly.

Is spinach salad healthy for you?

Spinach is a healthy staple to add to any diet. It is packed with vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A, and vitamin C along with calcium, and potassium.

All these help support a healthy lifestyle and keep your immune system in tip-top shape!

Japanese style spinach salad topped with bonito flakes served in a white bowl with a pair of chopsticks, top down shot.

What ingredients do I need to make Japanese spinach salad?

  • Spinach Leaves – use spinach leaves with the stem on.
  • Water – used for boiling spinach.
  • Bonito Flakes – made from shaved dried bonito fish. Commonly used to make broth and is responsible for giving Japanese cuisine that signature umami flavor. Found in most Japanese supermarkets. Can sub with hondashi.
  • Japanese Sake – use Japanese cooking sake which is fairly inexpensive and can be found in most Asian supermarkets.
  • Sweetener – to keep this recipe sugar-free, we use a monkfruit erythritol blend. It is low carb, keto friendly and has 0 calories. Feel free to use your preferred sweetener or regular cane sugar.
  • Soy Sauce – low sodium is preferred. For gluten free you can use tamari or coconut aminos.

How do you make Japanese spinach salad?

Boil spinach until desired tenderness.

Add Bonito Flakes, Japanese Sake, sweetener, Soy Sauce and bring to boil. Reduce, and strain sauce.

Put in bowl and add chopped spinach. Let marinate and serve warm right away or cold topped with sesame seeds.

What is the nutrition information for this Japanese spinach recipe?

  • 38 Calories
  • 5g Carbohydrates
  • 3g Fiber
  • 5g Protein
  • 0g Fat
  • 0mg Cholesterol
  • 1106mg Sodium
  • 708mg Potassium
  • 126mg Calcium
  • 4mg Iron
  • 11252ui Vitamin A
  • 34mg Vitamin C

Japanese style spinach salad topped with bonito flakes served in a white bowl being picked up with a pair of chopsticks.

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Now, let’s get making this Japanese Spinach Salad recipe!

  • Prepping Time 5M
  • Cook Time 1M
  • Marinating Time 1H
  • Total Time 1H6M
  • Net Carb/Serving~3g
  • Servings 2

Ingredients

Directions

1) Gather all the ingredients.

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2)  Add enough water to boil the spinach in a large stove top pan. Bring water to boil.

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3) In the meantime, prepare and wash spinach as needed.

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4) In a stove top pan, add 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup Bonito Flakes, Japanese Sake, sweetener, Soy Sauce and bring to boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to low and cook for 3 minutes. After 3 minutes, remove from heat, strain Bonito Flakes from sauce and transfer remaining sauce into marinating bowl. Note – if using hondashi, no need to strain the sauce.

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5) Once water is boiling from step 2), add spinach leaves and boil for 75 seconds (or until spinach are cooked). Once 75 seconds has passed, rinse in cold water to stop the cooking process.

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6) Squeeze out any excess water from the spinach, cut the spinach into 1/2 inch length and transfer spinach into marinating bowl with sauce.

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7) Marinate for at least 1 hour and up to 4 hours in the fridge. Serve as is for cold or put it in the microwave for 30 seconds to serve warm. Top with bonito flakes before serving.

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Japanese style spinach salad topped with bonito flakes served in a white bowl with a pair of chopsticks.

Japanese Spinach Salad

Japanese spinach salad is a very light dish that’s swimming in a sweet soy umami sauce and goes deliciously with any meal. It's a simple Japanese spinach recipe that's healthy and so easy to make.
5 from 6 votes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: Japanese side dishes, Japanese spinach recipe, Japanese spinach salad, Japanese vegetable dishes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Marinating Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 6 minutes
Servings: 2
Print Recipe
Calories: 38kcal

Ingredients

  • 4-5 Cups Spinach Leaves
  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • 1/2 Cup Bonito Flakes can sub with 1/8 tsp of hondashi
  • 1 tbsp Japanese Sake
  • 2 tsp Sweetener monkfruit erythritol blend, sugar or sweetener of choice
  • 1 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Bonito Flakes sprinkle

Instructions

  • Gather all the ingredients.
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  • Add enough water to boil the spinach in a large stove top pan. Bring water to boil.
    Japanese Spinach Salad Recipe (1)
  • In the meantime, prepare and wash spinach as needed.
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  • In a stove top pan, add 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup bonito flakes, Japanese Sake, sweetener, soy sauce and bring to boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to low and cook for 3 minutes. After 3 minutes, remove from heat, strain bonito flakes from sauce and transfer remaining sauce into marinating bowl. Note - if using hondashi, you can skip straining the sauce.
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  • Once water is boiling from step 2), add spinach leaves and boil for 75 seconds (or until spinach are cooked). Once 75 seconds has passed, rinse in cold water to stop the cooking process.
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  • Squeeze out any excess water from the spinach, cut the spinach into 1/2 inch length and transfer spinach into marinating bowl with sauce.
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  • Marinate for at least 1 hour and up to 4 hours in the fridge. Serve as is for cold and put it in the microwave for 30 seconds to serve warm. Top with bonito flakes before serving.
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Nutrition

Calories: 38kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 5g | Sodium: 1106mg | Potassium: 708mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 11252IU | Vitamin C: 34mg | Calcium: 126mg | Iron: 4mg
*Values Based Per Serving
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