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Japanese Yam Salad (Vegan/Vegetarian/Gluten-Free)


Have you ever had Japanese yam?


It is a kind of potato that grows straight into the ground so it has a long shape. (It sometimes grows to more than 3 feet).


In Japan, people have eaten the yam for about 3000 years. Therefore, the yam is very important to the Japanese diet.

We can eat this yam raw because it has a gelatinized starch and some of the nutrition in this type of yam are breaks under heat. The Japanese yam is rich in diastase, a digestive enzyme which helps our digestion and absorption of nutrition into the body. Also the yam is high in vitamin B1, vitamin C, calcium, potassium and mucin.

Mucin is soluble fiber and helps keep water in our cells. Therefore, it protects our mucous membranesin the stomach, and protects our body from some viruses. Some studies say the yam also prevents dry eyes because mucin is an ingredient in tears. Mucin gives the yam a great smooth, sticky texture, especially when it is grated. This is great for our body. It heals our tiredness and helps our digestion, so the yam is great for your diet when you are recovering from being sick, when you have no appetite, and so on.

(The yam has Calcium oxalate, so it can sometimes make you feel itchy on your hands or around your lips when you touch it, but you feel better as soon as you wash the itchy part with acid water (a mixture of vinegar and water). In rare case some people are allergic to the yam, so if it gives you a weird feeling inside your mouth, you have to stop eating it and call a doctor.)

Today, I introduce you to Japanese yam salad. It is very simple and easy. I always use pickled plum sauce because it is extremely healthy and is a fermented food. But you can use any dressing you want, because the yam doesn’t have strong flavor so it won’t change the taste of your favorite dressing taste!

Enjoy your new nutritious salad!!!

{Ingredients (servings 2)}

4-inch length Japanese Yam

½ Cucumber

1 Pickled Plum

1 Tbsp. Soy Sauce
(Recommended Gluten-Free Soy Sauce)Soy Sauce REDUCED SODIUM [Gluten Free] (Organic)

2 Tbsp. Rice Vinegar (total)

2 cups Water

Here is my recipe in PDF (4 MB): Japanese Yam Salad


Author: fravitch

We have two blogs: One is a recipe blog "Your Home for Homemade Japanese Food". Another is about my husband's book "Accidental Samurai".

7 thoughts on “Japanese Yam Salad (Vegan/Vegetarian/Gluten-Free)

  1. I love that refreshing crunch of Japanese yam!

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    • Indeed!! I love too! But Here (Middle of the U.S.) it is difficult to find Japanese yam…

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      • Japanese yam wasn’t that popular in Singapore before but I’ve been seeing more and more of it being sold in supermarkets here in recent years. I suppose you can only get it from Asian grocers there?

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      • Wow! That’s good for you!! I was looking for the yam at some Asian markets but I couldn’t find it. And finally I found it at a grocery store which is not an Asian market!! Unfortunately they don’t sell it regularly though.


  2. yummy! is it hard to find the Japanese yams?

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    • Yes. Unfortunately it is hard even at many Asian markets. But I found it one day when I didn’t actually look for it at Kroger. The funny thing is that their cashier staffs didn’t even know what it was and how much it was 🙂


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