Japanese Tea Leaf Salad

Japanese Tea Leaf Salad

Japanese Tea Leaf Salad
Japanese Tea Leaf SaladMatt Taylor-Gross

Don't throw away those premium green tea leaves after you've steeped them—save them for this simple salad perfect over steamed rice or folded into eggs.

This recipe calls specifically for gyokuro, a premium Japanese tea that, unlike other green varieties, retains plenty of their flavor after repeated steepings. We recommend the Kanro gyokuro from Ippodo for this salad, which uses the tea leaves left over from one serving of tea and flavors them with soy sauce and sesame oil.