Fennel and Baby Spinach Salad with Lemony Chia and Aburaage Dressing


Fennel and Baby Spinach Salad with Lemony Chia and Aburaage Dressing

Chia seeds make dressings nice and thick. The sponge-like aburaage absorbs the flavour of the dressing and adds great texture to the salad.



  • 1 medium fennel, thinly sliced
  • 100g (3.1/2oz) baby spinach
  • 1 medium-sized avocado, sliced

Lemony dressing

  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 150ml (5fl oz) water
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 aburaage (refer to ‘How to handle deep-friedtofu’)


1. To make the dressing, soak the chia seeds with 3 tablespoons water and set them aside.

2. Place rice vinegar, lemon juice, olive oil and salt in a small bowl and mix well.

3. Wash the aburaage with hot water to get rid of oil.

4. Heat the non-stick frying pan and cook the aburaage until crispy (see picture below) on both sides.

5. Cut into thin pieces.

6. Place the crispy aburaage and soaked chia seeds into the lemon mixture.

7. Place the fennel and spinach into a salad bowl, pour over the dressing and mix well.


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