Spinach with Sesame Dressing

If you don’t like spinach, you might reconsider after you try this. It is insanely simple and the flavor is amazing – a perfect mix of sweet and savory.
The recipe makes extra dressing, which will keep for a few weeks in the refrigerator, and would probably be great on all kinds of vegetables!

(from Japanese Home Cooking by Shunsuke Fukushima)
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup sugar
3 tbsp toasted sesame seeds, ground in a mortar and pestle
1 large bunch spinach (leaves only
extra sesame seeds (for garnish

Bring soy sauce and sugar to a boil in a small saucepan, stirring occasionally until sugar dissolves.
Remove from heat and stir in ground sesame seeds.
Wash spinach leaves well in several changes of cold water.
Half fill a large saucepan with water and bring to a boil.
Add spinach, return to a boil, and cook until the spinach is wilted (about a minute).
Drain the spinach and squeeze out as much liquid as possible.
Toss with a few tablespoons of dressing, then garnish with sesame seeds.

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