This dish is adapted from my grandmother’s Japanese salad recipe. She passed when I was young, so I’m not at all sure where the recipe came from or if there’s even a story. Among the various salads that are served in Japan (cucumber salad, seaweed salad, etc.) there’s no dish in particular that’s called a Japanese salad and I have not been able to find any dish that resembles this recipe. To me, it has always been know as ‘grandma Morimoto’s Japanese salad’ and so, that’s how it will remain.
I have loved this salad ever since I can remember! And if you’re a child asking for this salad at dinner, then it must be pretty special. Juicy strips of chicken on a bed of crisp greens, crunchy rice sticks, toasted sesame seeds, almonds, all topped with a peppery/sweet dressing – it’s full of flavor and incredibly delicious!