Active Time: 20 MINTotal Time50 MIN
Yield: Serves : Makes 2 cups

Chef Brandon Go’s salty, savory dressing, made with dashi and soy, flavors vegetal green spinach or chrysanthemum greens with rich flavor.


  • 1 pound fresh chrysanthemum greens (Tung Ho) or fresh baby spinach (about 16 cups packed)
  • 2 cups Master Dashi
  • 1 teaspoon light soy sauce (usukuchi)
  • 1/2  teaspoon finely ground sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons Meyer lemon zest

How to Make It

Step 1    

Bring a large stockpot filled with water to a boil over high. Working in 2 batches, add greens to boiling water; cook, stirring constantly, until just tender, about 30 seconds. Remove greens from boiling water using a fine wire-mesh strainer, and plunge into a bowl filled with ice water to stop the cooking process.

Step 2    

Let greens chill in ice water 5 minutes. Remove greens from water, and transfer to a bowl.

Step 3    

Working in 2 batches, place greens in a clean kitchen towel, and squeeze firmly over sink to remove as much liquid as possible.

Step 4    

Transfer greens to an airtight container, and cover with a damp paper towel until ready to use. (You may store greens in airtight container, covered with paper towel, in refrigerator up to 3 days.)

Step Step 5    

Ten minutes before serving, stir together master dashi, soy sauce, and salt in a medium bowl. Gently pull apart greens, and add to dashi-soy mixture, pressing to submerge. Let soak 10 minutes. Remove greens from dashi-soy mixture, letting excess drip off (greens should still be juicy). Discard remaining dashi-soy mixture. Sprinkle lemon zest evenly over greens.

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