Klunker's Asian salad

Klunker's Asian salad

So it is not a huge secret that I am not a green salad fan.  I eat them, yes, but I don't really ever crave them often.  They are a great way to get in some extra green's and really they are good for you.  They hydrate you, and dressed right, can be super good to eat.
I had just purchased a big bag of artisan romaine lettuce. (I don't know if that is really a thing, I think its just the hearts, but hey, it was cheap) I needed to use them up, there are 6 in a bag, so they needed to be used soon.  I knew that salads were the only choice today, but I needed to make it something I really loved.
I love Asian inspired food.  I eat it more than any other food.  Normally rice, noodles, stir fry and lots of Korean spicy food.  So, it made sense to try and incorporate some of those flavors into my salad today.  I am not a huge fan of lots of other added ingredients in my salads.  I am a boring salad eater.  Sometimes I will add beans and cucumbers and tomatoes, but not today.  Today I wanted just salad with a good dressing.  That being said, if you want to add all the bells and whistles to make this more, go ahead.  I probably will in the future.  
The dressing is the star here.  It made this so good to eat, and left me wanting more.    I love the way all the flavors came together.  So here is the recipe.


1-2 heads of romaine lettuce, washed and dried, torn into bite sized pieces 
2 tablespoons unseasoned rice vinegar
2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 tsp. minced garlic
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1/4c minced onion or shallot
1/2-2 tsp. Korean hot pepper flakes (gochugaru)
black or white sesame seeds

After washing and tearing your lettuce, set aside on a paper towel and let drain. 

In a very large mixing bowl start making your dressing.
Add the vinegar first

Then add the soy sauce

next add the pepper flakes

followed by the onion powder

maple syrup is next
 Now whisk until everything is evenly. 
and finally the onion or shallot
Add the lettuce to your bowl of dressing
And with tongs, mix carefully, making sure to get all the dressing on the lettuce.
Serve right away, otherwise your lettuce will wilt.  If you are not using right away, store the dressing in the fridge and mix before eating.
Garnish with sesame seeds and enjoy. 

**This is the brand of Korean hot pepper flakes I use.  If you cannot find them, you could use regular red pepper flakes or not at all if you don't want any spice in your salad. 


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