Chinese Spinach Salad with Peanuts
This Chinese spinach salad with peanuts is perfect for summer! Blanched spinach and fried peanuts are served in a Chinese hot oil and vinegar dressing.
500 grams (1 pound) spinach , tough ends removed
1 cup raw peanuts
1 tablespoon peanut oil (or vegetable oil)
2 tablespoons Chinese black vinegar
1 teaspoon light soy sauce
2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 dried hot red chili
roasted white sesame seed for decoration (Optional)
Step 1: Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add spinach and cook over medium heat until cooked through, about 2 minutes. Drain spinach and set aside to cool.
Step 2: Add oil and peanuts to a wok (or small skillet). Heat over medium heat and stir with spatula continuously, until the skin of the peanuts turns dark brown and the edges turn golden brown. Turn off heat immediately and transfer peanuts to a plate to cool. Keep the wok with oil for making hot oil later.
Step 3: Combine black vinegar, light soy sauce, sugar, salt, and ginger in a small bowl, mix well, and set aside. When spinach is cool enough to handle, squeeze extra water out of it with both hands. and transfer to a large serving bowls. Top spinach with peanuts and drizzle with the vinegar sauce. Garnish with sesame seeds.
Step 4: Heat up the wok for frying peanuts earlier on medium heat. Add the dried hot chili. Fry for 30 seconds. Turn off the heat and pour hot oil over spinach. You can use store bought hot oil or simply skip this step if you prefer non spicy salad.