This is one of my favourites because its flavours are exotic yet still very familiar and comforting.

Yield: Serves 4


1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon tahini (sesame paste)
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 lemon, zest and juice
4 handfuls baby spinach leaves
1 handful bean sprouts
1 small Red Onion, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
a few sheets nori seaweed, thinly sliced


In the bottom of a festive salad bowl whisk together the sesame oil, tahini, soy sauce and lemon zest and juice. Toss with the spinach leaves, bean sprouts, red onion, sesame seeds, and the sliced nori.


For an even more Asian flavour, try adding a handful of cilantro leaves with the spinach leaves. For a different version, try wilting the spinach, red onion and bean sprouts with the sesame oil and soy sauce before tossing them with all the other ingredients.