Goma-ae (胡麻和え) is a side dish made with vegetables and sweet sesame dressing. This is a pure vegetarian dish and very quick to make. The dressing has the full flavour of sesame with a little bit of sweetness and it goes so well with the slight bitterness of chrysanthemum leaves.
You can use other green vegetables with this sweet sesame dressing. See note 1 for suggestions.
Run cold clean water into the pot with the chrysanthemum leaves in it. Continue to run water and rinse them well with your hands, while at the same time cooling it down quickly.
Take stems and loose leaves of the chrysanthemum leaves, squeezing the water out as much as you can and place them on a cutting board. If necessary, do it in batches.
Take each bunch of cut leaves, squeeze residual water out and place them in a bowl.
Add the goma-ae dressing to the bowl and mix well ensuring that the chrysanthemum leaves are thoroughly coated with the dressing.
Place chrysanthemum leaves in a large bowl or individually. Sprinkle roasted white sesame seeds.
1. Also called garland chrysanthemum, chrysanthemum greens, etc. The shape of the leaves is similar to chrysanthemum leaves but longer.
Instead of chrysanthemum leaves, you can use English spinach, beans, mizuna, broccoli or okra.
2. You could grate them thoroughly without leaving any sesame bits if you like. This will make the goma-ae dressing smoother.