Thursday, March 19, 2009

Salad the Benihana Way

You might be tempted to think that I got this recipe in some unsavory way, like seducing and drugging Mr. Benihana himself, but I can assure you, there's no seedy underbelly to this story. Besides, what do you care? You now have the genuine Benihana salad dressing recipe. It's probably the only thing you can truly recreate from a Benihana experience, except maybe the Hot Towel ritual. Hibachi table cooking is a lost art. We should find it. 

Benihana Salad Dressing

1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup peanut oil
2 Tbs. unseasoned rice vinegar
2 Tbs. water
1 Tbs. chopped fresh ginger
1 Tbs. chopped celery
1 Tbs. soy sauce
1 tsp. tomato paste
1 1/2 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. lemon juice

Put everything in a blender or food processor with salt and pepper to taste and blend until smooth. Serve with iceberg lettuce the Benihana way. 

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