Green Beans with Sesame Dressing



U.S. Metric Ingredients
1 cup 250 mL White sesame seeds
1ยฝ fl oz 50 mL Soy sauce
2 tbsp 30 g Sugar
2 fl oz 60 mL Dashi or water
2 lb 1 kg Green beans



  1. Toast the sesame seeds in a dry skillet, stirring and tossing regularly, until light golden.
  2. Using a spice grinder or mortar and pestle, grind the sesame seeds to a paste.
  3. Mix in the soy sauce and sugar. Thin with dashi or water. Set aside.
  4. Wash the green beans and trim the ends. Cut into 1-in. (2.5-cm) lengths.
  5. Cook the beans in boiling salted water until crisp-tender. Drain, cool under cold running water, and drain again.
  6. Mix the beans with the dressing.

Per serving: Calories, 80; Protein, 3 g; Fat, 4.5 g (48% cal.); Cholesterol, 0 mg; Carbohydrates, 8 g; Fiber, 3 g; Sodium, 150 mg.


Other mild green vegetables, such as spinach and asparagus, can be served the same way.

Sesame Miso Dressing

Reduce the sesame seeds to ยฝ cup (125 mL). Omit the soy sauce and sugar, and add 4 oz (125 g) white or red miso. Use mirin (sweet rice wine) instead of dashi or water to thin the dressing. Use as a dressing for vegetables in the same manner as sesame dressing.