Sunday, January 31, 2010

Harumi's Carrot and Tuna Salad

Just who is this "Harumi" whose name I have come across ever so often? Believe it or not, I've never bothered to find out. Until I saw this Carrot and Tuna Salad on Clare's blog. That was when I finally took the effort to google "Harumi" and learnt that she is Harumi Kurihara (栗原はるみ) - otherwise known as the Martha Stewart of Japan. Ooops.



Anyway, I was sold the moment I read Clare's glowing recommendation of this salad. Besides, it sounded so light and healthy ... exactly what I needed for a Sunday lunch. I've been going for one food tasting session after another for the past two weeks, with more to come, AND Chinese New Year is just around the corner! So, better reign myself in on weekends ... I do want to fit into my cheong sum, you know? ;)

Well, I am happy to say that this dish was as delicious as Clare described. Even better, it hardly needed any skill. My kind of dish!

All you need is some cutting and slicing and you're good to go. I am reproducing the recipe over here, with my own notes (in italics). Thanks Clare, for introducing this lovely salad to us and for finally opening up the world of Harumi to this frog in the well. ;P


Did you think all I had was that paltry portion in the first photo? No, no! I had a huge serving atop a bed of lettuce. All mine.

Recipe
(originally from Harumi Kurihara and adapted from Mrs Multitasker)
Serves 4
- 200g carrots, peeled
- 90g tinned tuna (I prefer using tuna chunks instead of flakes)
- 50g finely chopped onion (I used red onions, but I guess any type of onion will work. I also julienned them instead of finely chopping them for aesthetic reasons)
- 1 tsp chopped garlic (I minced this very finely)
- 1 tbsp sunflower or vegetable oil

Dressing:
- 2 tbsp white wine vinegar (I used regular white vinegar)
- 1 tbsp mustard, preferably French grain mustard (I used Wasabi instead)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Soy sauce to taste
Note: I added a light drizzle of honey, for some sweetness. It balanced the tang of the vinegar nicely.

1. Cut the carrots into lengths of 5-6cm think juliennes.

2. Put them into a microwavable bowl and mix in the onions, garlic and sunflower oil. Cover and microwave for 1-1.5 minutes (600W).
Like Clare, I chose to stirfry instead, not because I don't have a microwave, but because I think it gives a more even distribution of heat. ;) Just cook to get rid of the raw taste of veggies, and stop. The veggies should remain crunchy.

3. Once the veggies are lightly cooked, put them onto a serving plate, add the drained tuna and then the dressing and toss to mix well.
I gave it a sprinkle of coarse black pepper. Next time, I will add toasted sesame seeds too, if I am not using whole grain mustard.

4. Serve hot or cold. I had it chilled.

46 comments:

  1. This is too funny!! We posted our first salad the same time. We do have great minds that think alike.

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  2. We are so kindred! I adore adore adore this salad, mainly because it's easy and sometimes I really don't feel like eating...leaves. :) Yay to carrot salad!

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  3. ummm yummmmm that looks light and healthy and easy on the washing up n hardly any cooking. what could be better than that!

    youre worried about not fitting into a cheong sam!? I cant ever imagine! (tt you cant fit into one!!)

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  4. Wasabi! Not bad eh, Ju?
    I would love a toasted bread with this!
    Love tuna salads on bread..!

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  5. I just prepared fried chicken, but look at your salad, look so refreshing and healthy. I think i must stop to prepare all this kind fried stuffs, instead I should prepared more salads then.

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  6. harumi has nice simple recipes but some of her english books have been watered down. her somen noodle salad recipe is one of my favourite things to make.

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  7. It does look yummy and healthy. I would prefer to have it chilled too. But.. but..but... will you feel full just by eating this? I'm such a carbo-bin... ~ Moon ><

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  8. Hi Ladies, great to see all of you here. To me, salad is like fried rice - add what you like. I can imagine adding nuts, chickpeas, raisins. :)

    Sandra: Do you have a blog? I would love to see how that somen salad looks!

    Ms Moon: You can eat it with some toasted bread like tracieMoo said. :)

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  9. Oh Ju are you reading my mind? I bought some tuna today and have everything in the list here. I might make this tomorrow as I've heard a lot about Harumi but never tried a salad of hers. Thankyou! :D

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  10. Hi Ju
    You will like Harumi, she is like Martha. She created the "cooking and household" empire in Japan. She has many many shops in Japan.

    This salad looks appetising and most impt...it is healthy.

    : )

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  11. Yay Ju you made it! =) =) And you have this amazing way of making all your food look so pretty. Love the lettuce =)

    If you like this I think you'll like a lot of Harumi's other stuff too (believe me 30 or so recipes later I have a pretty good idea!). She uses lots and lots of veggie and not a whole lot of oil, so most of her dishes taste good and healthy (a rare combination) =)

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  12. I love tuna salads.. I like the addition of soya sauce..and as always I love the photos..I told Jacques all about the opulence of your latest dining outing:) ..Harumi.. I would have never known..Thank you..

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  13. Ohhh Harumi.. I like her. Her style of cooking is simple yet delicious! I haven't tried this salad but definitely will give it a go!

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  14. I love tuna-salad-anything, and this is a totally new way to put it together for me. Really want to try this! And I definitely going to look up the Martha Stewart of Japan, that sounds very cool.

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  15. Looks like a salad that i will actually enjoy! So simple and healthy!

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  16. That salad looks great and sounds so healthy. The flavor sound delicious!

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  17. I just ate a yummy lasagne full of cheese and oil. Now you've made me slightly guilty with your yummy, healthy, refreshing salad....nah, the lasagne were too good to feel guilty haha.

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  18. This looks like a great dish for lunch or even dinner! Looks so appetizing.

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  19. So colourful and flavouful ... I love this salad and I'm also very happy to know who Mrs Harumi Kurihara is ! ;o))
    Have a very good day !
    Hélène

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  20. Wooo...thanks for educating me too...I did not know there was a Martha Stewart of Japan. Now I know. Thanks.

    Have made tuna salad before with onions and apples...with a squeeze of lemon, and yogurt if creamy dressing is needed. Will post it soon.

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  21. Simple, colourful, healthy and light and no cooking needed. I like that. I can have that for lunch and dinner...mmm

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  22. A lovely colourful & easy tasty dish!

    MMMM,...lucky you!

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  23. your tuna salad look so colorful!! love this refreshing tuna salad! thanks for sharing the story,I didn't know Harumi is Martha Steward of east!!

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  24. This is so healthy, Jo. I love chilled salad. Should try this out.

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  25. I've never heard of Harumi! :O
    This salad sounds like something I'd really like.....yum!

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  26. So healthy. I need more of these dishes.

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  27. I do have 2 of her cookbooks :) Very simple Japanese home cooking. The salad does look so healthy, perfect as pre and post CNY diet dish :)

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  28. I am definitely going to make this tonight. Your recipes brighten up my kitchen (and remind me of home!), I wonder if you have any suggestions for Valentine's Day? I love the way it is celebrated in Japan (chocolate is the way to most people's hearts).

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  29. Ju this looks wonderful! I have been contemplating getting one her books...my older son studies Japanese and has been to Japan and I know he would love some of the dishes made at home.
    Beautiful pics as always...mmmmmmm.....I am hungry for this now! For breakfast!

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  30. Interesting, I was just at Kinokuniya at Taipei 2 hours ago - they have a bigger selection of Japanese cookbooks and I saw Harumi's cookbook but I did not peruse it any further - and here you are doing one of her recipes - maybe if I have time tomorrow, I will go back and have a closer look.

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  31. Uno spettacolo la ricette e le foto, complimenti Ju.Buona settimana Daniela.

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  32. yr bed of lettuce reminds me of the Korean Style, i like to eat the lettuce wrapped with meat/fish/anything :)

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  33. What a beautiful salad! AND beautiful photos. Best of all, this is something I can make TODAY. I have everything here! Thanks, Ju.

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  34. Gorgeous photography! This salad looks so refreshing! I love mine just on its own. =) Thanks for sharing!

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  35. This looks really good and anything that doesn't take too much time to put together has the thumbs up from me! I hubby will love this.

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  36. I'm the other frog in the well. Thanks for sharing. I learnt something new today. Your salad looks like a rainbow! The taste must be great too. ;)

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  37. Yum! Healthy, tasty and easy...what could be better!

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  38. What a yummy and colourful looking salad. I am a fan of Harumi cookbooks! She just had a new book out and I can't wait to get my hands on it hehe

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  39. Oh my, I reckon I ought to feel guilty for not knowing Harumi either! I wanted to say I'm amazed that such simple ingredients can yield a gorgeous result, but coming from you, I'm not the least surprised :)

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  40. such a lovely salad - so light and perfect for lunch. beautiful photos! i'm looking forward to chinese new year too!

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  42. I was just thinking about a tasty way to make tuna salad that didn't have mayo...you read my mind (or did I read yours?)

    I haven't heard of Harumi...thanks for the introduction!

    Diane

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  43. Simple yet great!!! Thanks Ju for the recipe.

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  44. I would love to try this salad. It looks so refreshing and the colors are so nice!

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