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Lotus Root and Wood Ear Salad with Soy-Ginger Dressing

Lotus Root and Wood Ear Salad with Soy-Ginger Dressing

A refreshing, tasty and light salad is made with crunchy lotus roots, carrot, celery and wood ears, tossed with a flavorful soy-ginger dressing. Make it a day ahead, keep in the refrigerator overnight.













Low Cholesterol, Cholesterol-Free, Trans-fat Free, Low Carb


1 pound lotus root
peeled and sliced into 1/8 to 1/4-inch slices
1 each carrots
peeled and cut bias into 1/8 to 1/4-inch slices
4 each wood ears
2 each celery
thinly sliced
4 tablespoons cilantro
freshly chopped
Soyginger dressing:
2 tablespoons soy sauce, light
or to taste
2 tablespoons peanut oil
or extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon sesame oil
½ inch ginger
peeled and freshly minced
1 small garlic cloves
freshly minced
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
or to taste
½ tablespoon sugar
or to taste, optional


To make the dressing:

In a small bowl, whisk together all the dressing ingredients until well blended.

Put it in the fridge until ready to use.

To make the salad:

Bring a quart of water to a boil in a medium saucepan.

Blanch the lotus roots for about 3 minutes until they become softer but still crunchy.

Shock the lotus roots in iced water to stop cooking.

Drain well, transfer into a large mixing bowl.

Blanch the carrots for about 40 seconds to 1 minute.

Shock in the iced water, drain well and transfer into the same large bowl with the lotus roots.

Boil the wood ears for about 5 minute, turn off the heat, let sit for another 5 minutes.

Rinse under cold water, drain well, and add into the large mixing bowl.

Add the celery and cilantro.

Pour the dressing over the veggies, and toss until evenly mixed and well coated.

The salad can be served right away, for the best result, refrigerate for overnight.


* not incl. in nutrient facts


almost 6 years

I grew up with this salad, my mom used to make it all the time, sometimes she put some cucumber in, sometimes some radishes, sometimes sweet-sour, sometimes spicy... There are lots of "tasty" memories!

Lotus roots and wood ears can be found in most Asian or Chinese grocery stores, they are delicious in the salad, soak all the yummy flavor from the dressing, and have great texture.

You can always use similar texture veggies, the salad can be served at room temperature or chilled.

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 57g (2.0 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 8780% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 327mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Sugars g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A 53% Vitamin C 3%
Calcium 2% Iron 2%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?


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