Looking for something healthy and delicious to serve at a dinner party or as a snack? This okra and black sesame salad is the perfect appetizer or side dish recipe using unique ingredients! It is also filling and easy to make but still has an authentic Japanese flavor and packs a lot of umami. A creative way to enjoy okra or other vegetables; this traditional Japanese recipe is versatile and can be changed to suit the seasons or occasion.
Black Sesame Latte Mix
This recipe utilizes a unique product that many people outside of Japan may not be familiar with: black sesame latte mix. Made from ground black sesame seeds, this authentic Japanese ingredient is traditionally used to create a thick and rich latte style drink by simply adding and stirring it into hot milk. You can also use this to make desserts, from ice cream to pudding to cookie or cake dough. It adds a nice nutty flavor and creamy consistency to whatever you are making.
Because the possibilities are nearly endless and the mix itself is unsweetened, it is also frequently used to add flavor and nutrition to savory dishes as well. And that’s what we are doing with this okra and black sesame salad! It adds a lot of flavor as well as some surprisingly beneficial health-boosting properties. We recommend using this high-quality traditional Kuro Goma Latte Mix, which has no added ingredients and is made entirely from fresh ground black sesame seeds.
Black sesame seeds are a powerhouse of nutrition. They are a high source of many minerals that your body needs to function, like calcium, magnesium, iron, and zinc. But that’s not all. They are also a great source of healthy unsaturated fats, the kind that is good for your heart and brain.
Want more? Black sesame seeds are antioxidant rich as well and help to protect your cells against damage. High antioxidant foods like black sesame seeds may be able to protect against cancer and promote healthy hair and skin. While regular sesame seeds also have many of these properties, many studies have shown that black sesame seeds contain higher amounts and are even more of a superfood.
- You can substitute okra for other vegetables like broccoli and lettuce for different salads based on the season.
- You can eat this salad base as a dip as well. Serve the mixture with crackers at your next dinner party and watch the audience go wild!
Okura & Black Sesame Salad
- Boil water in a pot and cook okura with a pinch of salt. Drain and cool them down.
- In a bowl, mix together corn, tuna, black sesame latte mix, mayo, and soy sauce.
- Cut Okura in half and serve with black sesame mayo mixture. Enjoy!