My family and I have been going to a restaurant called Kampai for as long as I can remember. It’s a Japanese restaurant where the chefs cook in front of you…and it’s one of my favorite restaurants. In recent years, the restaurant has been attracting some…suspect characters…ones who bring their own cans of Pepsi in a plastic Jewel bag, for example. Or a group who orders basically everything off the menu then leaves with 99% leftovers. Who does that?? But after a few giggles and whispers from my family and me we begin what we set out to do. Pig out!
Besides the soup, shrimp flambe appetizer, vegetables, rice, meat and ice cream dessert, we also get a salad. And surprisingly the salad is one of my favorite parts! Actually every part is my favorite…except the shrimp, which I give to my mom and sis. This salad is an ordinary lettuce salad made extraordinary with the AMAZING dressing. For the longest time we had no idea what was in it…we just knew it was good.
When we found this recipe we felt confident that it was the dressing we had fallen in love with at Kampai. Same orangey color, and I was positive that ginger was the ingredient I wasn’t able to place all those times I had it previously. Lucky for us, this dressing was spot on! It totally lived up to my expectations. I am so excited that we found this recipe because I will definitely be making it all the time.
Ingredients for the Dressing
2 medium carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
1 large shallot, peeled and roughly chopped
2 tablespoons fresh ginger, roughly chopped
1 tablespoon miso
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon sesame oil
¼ cup olive oil
2 tablespoons water
For the Salad
Romaine, washed and chopped
½ head red cabbage, washed and chopped
1 hothouse cucumber, peeled and sliced
Using a food processor, pulse the carrot, shallot and ginger in a blender until finely chopped. Scrape down the sides, add the miso, vinegar and sesame seed oil and pulse again. While the processor is on, slowly drizzle in the oil and the water.
Serve Carrot Ginger Dressing drizzled atop romaine lettuce, cucumbers and red cabbage.
Source: adapted from Goop