Green Beans with Miso Dressing

  • Serves

    serves 4

By SAVEUR Editors

Published on March 5, 2002

Miso is traditionally combined with sesame seeds or walnuts to make a dressing for vegetables.


  • 1 cup shelled walnuts
  • 2 tbsp. mirin (sweet Japanese cooking wine)
  • 2 tbsp. shiromiso
  • 1 tbsp. Japanese soy sauce
  • 5 tbsp. dashi
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • Salt
  • 1 lb. trimmed green beans


Step 1

Put walnuts in a skillet and toast, stirring, over medium-high heat for 4 minutes. Grind walnuts with a mortar and pestle into a smooth paste. Drizzle in mirin. Add shiromiso, soy sauce, and 2 tbsp. of the dashi, continuing to grind after each addition.

Step 2

Sprinkle in sugar. Stir in remaining 3 tbsp. dashi and season to taste with salt.

Step 3

ring a pot of salted water to a boil; add green beans and cook until barely soft, 3–5 minutes. Drain beans, spread on a clean surface to cool, then cut in half crosswise. Toss with dressing just before serving.

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