As promised, I’m going to share some of the food we made for the hanami party. The first is this spicy salad that we found on Cookpad. (Thanks to Jess for all of the hanami tips!) It is so fresh and delicious and I even think it would be tasty without the fresh fish. The wasabi-ponzu dressing is the highlight.
Tuna & Watercress with Wasabi Ponzu Dressing
1 bunch of watercress
3-4 radishes, sliced paper-thin, cut into half-moons (A mandolin is handy here.)
1/4 red onion, sliced paper thin (The mandolin is already out. Use it again.)
6oz fresh sushi grade tuna or salmon, sliced into bite sized pieces (You can also use smoked salmon, but fresh is best!)
1 tablespoon ponzu sauce
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons wasabi paste
Whisk the ponzu, oil, and wasabi together until smooth. Toss the vegetables, fish, and dressing together. Sprinkle with a bit of salt, if needed. Serve immediately. Feel the burn.