Korean Spinach Salad (Sigeumchi Namul)

Korean Spinach Salad Recipe (Sigeumchi Namul)

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This Korean-style spinach salad (Sigeumchi Namul), alongside the earlier featured soya bean sprouts salad, is one of the components for my favourite bibimbap. It is also a popular side dish to complement any Korean meal.

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As a spinach lover, I absolutely love that I can taste the freshness of the spinach due to the light seasonings. And it is quite effortless to make this salad, especially if you use baby spinach (there is no preparation work for baby spinach except to wash it before use). Feel free to use regular spinach if you can’t find baby spinach. I’m loving this salad so much, that I will be adding it to my bento lunch boxes in future.

baby spinach

Baby Spinach

Squeezing the excess liquid from blanched spinach

Squeezing the excess liquid from blanched spinach (Step 2)

Korean Spinach Salad Recipe

In place of baby spinach, you may also use regular spinach - try to use spinach with thinner stems and trim off the ends before use. After step 2, cut the spinach into smaller lengths.

Serves: 3-4

Prep Time: 8 mins

Cook Time: 1 min

Ingredients

  • 150 grams baby spinach rinsed and drained
  • 1 tbsp chopped spring onions
  • a small pinch of salt to taste (may also use light soy sauce)
  • 1/2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
  • 1/2 tbsp sesame oil to taste
  • 1 clove garlic grated or minced; grated or minced (may use garlic powder)

Directions

  1. Blanch spinach in a pot of boiling water (with 1 tsp of salt added) for 30 seconds.
  2. Plunge the blanched spinach in an ice water bath until cooled. Gather the spinach in your hand and squeeze out the excess liquids.
  3. In a bowl, add cooked spinach and the rest of the ingredients. Mix well. Season to taste. Serve at room temperature or chilled.