In Japan, there is a small tree called ‘Sansho’, which fruit is often called Japanese Pepper and used as a spice. Its leaves are beautifully aromatic and they are the best addition to the sweet miso sauce. But… ‘Sansho’ leaves are impossible to find where I live. I thought about the substitute for ‘Sansho’ leaves. Something aromatic and easily available … that is Basil. I tried Basil anyway. WOW!!! It was great, though it was definitely Italian. Then a new salad recipe was made.


4 Servings


200g Bocconcini (Mozzarella) *salty Mozzarella is not suitable
200g Cherry Tomatoes
2 tablespoons White Miso
1 tablespoon Sugar
1 tablespoon Rice Vinegar *OR White Wine Vinegar
8 to 10 Fresh Basil Leaves *finely chopped

  1. In a bowl, combine White Miso, Sugar, Vinegar and Basil.
  2. Cut Bocconcini and Cherry Tomatoes in halves, add to the sauce. Mix gently and serve immediately.