Hawaii's Sesame Seed Salad

Featuring Tropics Fat Free Oriental Dressing
2nd Place Winner: Salad Category
By Iris Uehara, Kaneohe, HI


It's more than a dressing...it's Tropics!

DRESSING

1 tbsp Tropics Fat Free Oriental Dressing
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tsp handashi
1/4 tsp diced onion, either green or round
1/2 to 1 tsp white pepper (to taste)
1/2 tsp roasted, ground white sesame seeds
Dash of sugar

Combine all ingredients and blend well. It is best to refrigerate
overnight for the handashi to melt into the mixture. Makes 1/3 cup.

SALAD

1/2 cup cooked and drained soba (buckwheat noodles) or long rice chilled
1 cup romaine lettuce, cut into strips
3/4 cup tomato, cut into strips
3 water chestnuts, thinly sliced

3 inch length Japanese Cucumber
1/2 cup imitation crab, broken into bite size pieces (not shredded)
1/4 teaspoon black sesame seeds (optional)

Place chilled soba into white dinner plate. Top noodles with romaine lettuce to create a small mountain. Mix some of the above dressing with the tomato and water chestnuts to taste. Place this on top of the lettuce. First slice cucumber diagonally into ovals, then in half lengthwise. Stand the cucumber lengthwise around and onto the lettuce mound. Place imitation crab on top of everything. Sprinkle with whole black sesame seeds to decorate. Accompany with the above dressing.