In the region in Japan where I grew up, there is a Lettuce called ‘Chisha’. ‘Chisha’ has the flavour and texture between Cos Lettuce and Butter Lettuce. My mother most frequently made ‘Chisha’ Salad with ‘Sumiso’, a sweet & sour Miso dressing. I use Cos Lettuce for this salad, and I add Basil to the dressing.


4 Servings


1 Baby Cos Lettuce *150g

Basil Sumiso Dressing
2 tablespoons White Miso
1 tablespoon Sugar
1 tablespoon Rice Vinegar
1/2 teaspoon Hot Mustard *Japanese Mustard recommended
8 to 10 Fresh Basil Leaves *finely chopped

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine White Miso, Sugar, Rice Vinegar and Hot Mustard. When Sugar is well dissolved, add finely chopped Basil and mix well.
  2. Clean and cut Cos Lettuce into 1-2cm in length, add to the bowl, and mix to combine evenly. Serve immediately.