Shungiku (Japanese Greens) and Ham Salad with Sesame Dressing

Shungiku Ham Goma Mayo Salad
Shungiku (Japanese Greens) and Ham Salad. © Judy Ung
  • Total: 15 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 serving

Shungiku and ham salad is a small Japanese side dish known as “kozara”, in Japanese cuisine. Many of these small side dishes, or kozara, often make up a traditional Japanese meal. These dishes tend to consist of simmered vegetables and proteins, cold salads, or simple sautées, or foods tossed together with sauce, known in Japanese as "tare", or dressings. 

This shungiku and ham salad is a simple dish of fresh shungiku Japanese greens tossed with sliced ham and an easygoma mayo dare(sesame mayonnaise sauce), the recipe for which is available on the Japanese food blog here.

Goma mayo dare, or roasted sesame seed and mayonnaise sauce (or dressing) is a versatile seasoning but more importantly its very quick and easy to prepare. It's great for a weeknight meal when you need a quick and flavorful sauce. It combines two popular condiments in Japanese cuisine, sesame seeds and Japanese mayonnaise. In this case, the Japanese brand Kewpie mayonnaise adds an interesting flavor profile of richness, tanginess, and a hint of mustard. Again, additional details are available on our goma mayo dare article here.

Shungiku is a Japanese vegetable, scientifically known as Glebionis coronaria, which is an edible species of the flowering plant in the daisy family. It is also referred to as crown daisy or Japanese greens. Shungiku is also popular in other Asian cuisines such as Korean, Vietnamese and Chinese dishes. It may be sauteed, fried, simmered or added to soup. In Japanese cuisine shungiku is most popularly used in a hot pot dish known as "shabu shabu". It is also used in another hot pot dish known as sukiyaki.

Recipe Tips: 

  1. For best results, make sure that the shungiku leaves are thoroughly dried after they are washed. This ensures that the sesame dressing doesn't become diluted with water and that it also fully coats the greens.
  2. While the suggested sauce for this dish is goma mayo dare, your favorite bottled salad dressing may be substituted.
  3. If shungiku is not easily available at your local Japanese or asian grocery store, try using baby arugula as a substitute.


  •  2 cups washed and dried shungiku leaves removed from large stem
  • 1 to 2 small pieces of deli sliced ham
  • 2 tablespoons of roasted sesame and mayonnaise sauce (follow link for recipe)
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole roasted sesame seeds, for garnish

Steps to Make It

  1. Separate shungiku leaves from large stem, wash and thoroughly dry leaves.

  2. Thinly slice the deli ham into strips.

  3. In a medium bowl, combine shungiku leaves, ham, and roasted sesame mayonnaise sauce.

  4. Toss gently until thoroughly coated. Serve in small plates, garnish with whole roasted sesame seeds. Serve immediately before shungiku leaves wilt.