Vegetarianized Recipe: Momotaro (Japanese Tomato Salad)


At the top of Mount Faber in Singapore, there are several fancy restaurants together called the Jewel Box. This was our only Japanese meal in Asia—a beautiful evening at the Moonstone open-air restaurant looking down at Sentosa Island. I was dreaming of my garden tomatoes complementing this tangy sesame-wasabi dressing. Interestingly, momotaro is actually the name of the tomato, not the salad, and also the name of a legendary hero in Japan.

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Servings: 4 (makes 2/3 cup dressing)
Time: Less than 30 minutes active and total

1/4 cup rice vinegar
2 tablespoons light mayonnaise
2 teaspoons tahini
2-3 teaspoons prepared wasabi, to taste
2 teaspoons sugar
2 pounds tomatoes, sliced
Sesame seeds, to garnish
Scallion, sliced, to garnish

1. In a small bowl, mix together vinegar, mayo, tahini, wasabi and sugar until smooth. Dressing will be on the thin side.

2. Lay tomatoes on plate and drizzle dressing over top. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and sliced scallion. Serve cold or at room temperature.

Writer Bio: Adrienne D. Capps loves food AND is a vegetarian! These things are not mutually exclusive in her world. She is passionate about eating, drinking, cooking, teaching, reading about food and growing food. Her goal with her food blog,, is to open up the world of vegetarian cooking and eating to the veg-friendly and the veg-curious in an accessible way. She promises never to try to convert or make you feel guilty—just that eating less meat can be part of a healthy, fun and, above all, tasty lifestyle.