When we first encountered this dish we have to admit, we were a little curious. What exactly is a Japanese tomato orange salad? It almost sounds more like a dessert! And it’s gelatinous?
One conjures up strange images of jellied lettuce or something equally unappealing. However! We promise this salad is sweet and satisfying, bursting with tomato and orange flavours and equally as colourful.
Adding pepper gives the dish a delightfully savoury slant and we can’t wait to try it again.
This salad makes for a perfect side dish to go with crispy fried pork gyoza; it’s especially cooling if you get a bit too enthusiastic with the dipping sauces!
- 3-4 to matoes
- 1 orange
- Pepper to taste
For the dressing
- 1 tbsp mirin
- 1 tbsp vinegar
- 1 tbsp shiradashi
- 1 tsp olive oil
- Orange juice retained
- 2 tsp powdered gelatin
- Lemon juice
- Peel the tomatoes and cut them into eight pieces.
- Peel the orange then gently pull into individual segments. Peel each segment and retain any escaping juice. Place in a bowl with the tomatoes.
- Mix the mirin, vinegar, shiradashi, oil and juice and heat in the microwave for approximately 30 seconds to one minute.
- Add gelatin and mix well until it completely dissolves.
- Add a splash or two of lemon juice.
- Add 200ml water and mix.
- Pour the dressing over the tomatoes and oranges. Add salt and pepper to taste and mix well.
- Cover and place in the fridge until salad has cooled and the gelatin sets.