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Spinach is served two ways in this salad: Sauteed with meaty shiitake mushrooms and raw. Red onions pickled in white balsamic vinegar lend brightness, while toasted sesame seeds make an unexpectedly delicious final flourish.

Martha Stewart Living, November 2018


Credit: Paola + Murray

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35 mins
55 mins
Serves 10 to 12


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  • In a saucepan, bring vinegar, sugar, and 1 teaspoon salt to a simmer. Remove from heat; stir in onion. Let cool completely. If desired, refrigerate in an airtight container up to 1 week. Drain, reserving onion and 1/3 cup liquid.

  • Place spinach in a large bowl. In a large straight-sided skillet or shallow pot, heat 1/4 cup oil over medium-high. Add mushrooms, season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender and golden brown in places, about 15 minutes. Add about one-quarter of spinach and cook just until collapsed, about 1 minute. Immediately spoon mushroom mixture over spinach in bowl; add reserved pickled onion and pickling liquid, remaining 1/4 cup oil, and sesame seeds. Toss to evenly coat. Season with salt and pepper; serve.