Green salad topped with Jako (baby sardine) and shrimp gomaae

Aemono: Salads
Ae (mixed) + mono (things) = a party in your mouth
Loosely translated as “salads” in English, aemono are really anything – vegetable, meat, or seafood – dressed up in something delectable. Nutty and fragrant gomaae is literally something “mixed with sesame”, while palate-cleansing sunomono are “vinegared things”. Don’t let the standards you find at Japanese restaurants limit you in this category – this is the perfect chance to show off a seasonal vegetable or to use up some leftovers. Just make sure to dress it well for the party.

Recipes: Spinach Gomaae and Sunomono Salad