Watercress Salad with Wasabi Dressing

I had a nice salad similar to this at Masa Bar in New York City.  It was a very simple salad, but I really enjoyed the wasabi dressing that they used.  Of course I don’t remember exactly how the taste was, but I am happy with this version that I created.  Besides the dressing, the key is to use crunchy greens like watercress and to add a meaty flavor like that of the imitation crab sticks.  Probably Tuscan kale would work well also.

Yield: 4-6

Watercress Salad with Wasabi Dressing

Watercress Salad with Wasabi Dressing


  • 1 bunch watercress, washed and cut into bite sizes
  • 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 3-4 imitation crab sticks, shredded
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon mirin
  • 2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 2-3 teaspoon wasabi


    Whisk all the dressing ingredients in a bowl. Combine all the salad ingredients in a large bowl. Toss with wasabi dressing, and serve immediately.


I am originally from Japan and have been living in the US for about 20 years. Over the past 20 years I have traveled to many different parts of the world, seen different cultures, and tasted all kinds of interesting food. In between I studied anthropology, art and interior design. I currently live outside Boston and I teach cooking in continuing education programs and at home. I also take on freelance interior design projects. I hope you enjoy the blog! Yoko

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