Market Watch: Mizuna (and Simple Salad Recipes)

by in Farmers' Market Finds, In Season, May 28, 2010

mizuna

You may not know it, but you’ve probably tried mizuna. Commonly found in salad mixes, these feathery leaves are my new favorite salad green. Here’s why you should pick some up at your farmers’ market this weekend.

This Japanese green is no stranger to mesclun mixes, but you can also find solo bunches of the leafy vegetable at farmers’ markets and specialty food shops. Also referred to as “siu cai” or “California peppergrass,” these greens have a mild, peppery flavor,  and the pointed leaves give salads wonderful texture.

To store, wrap in a paper towel and plastic bag and store in the fridge for four to five days. When ready to use, wash to remove any dirt and dry well.

When I came home from the market, I threw together a salad with mizuna, fresh spinach, candied pecans, goat cheese, diced leftover grilled chicken and a drizzle of citrus vinaigrette.  It was so delicious, I made it again for lunch the rest of the week.

More recipes to try:
Salad Presto
Wasabi Seafood Salad
Grilled Shiitake Mushroom Salad on Mizuna with Ponzu Style Dressing

Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition. See Dana’s full bio »

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Comments (2)

  1. Perhaps the Mizuna is one of the few veggies that makes it worthwhile to visit the Farmer's market. There is a growing appreciation of this Oriental cauliflower -like plant. I have seen an associate try to invent a special recipe – something like a quasi-vegetable beef stew. Just like what Ming Tsai did by offering a 4 cups Mizuna substitution for tatsoi lettuce in your suggested Wasabi salad.

    In Japan, they call it water greens and it is used to prepare tomato sandwiches and spiced fillets. It is easy to store and will not wilt quickly.

    People who find cabbage and lettuce too chewy can go for this substitute which has identical nutritional values like cancer-fighting properties and non-dairy source of calcium.

  2. Елена says:

    The original recipe. I'll definitely try. Not tastier food than salad!

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