Feature Friday: Grilled Oriental Mushroom Salad Video

The weather is warming up and the sun is shining bright, could that mean that grilling season is finally upon us? Well, Mushrooms Canada has the perfect recipe video for this very occasion, Grilled Mushroom Oriental Salad. Simple to prepare and packed full of flavour, this recipe is a big crowd pleaser.

Grilled Mushroom Oriental Salad
Preparation Time: 15 mins. Cooking Time: 6 mins.

Assorted fresh mushrooms and a zesty oriental style dressing are the stars in this warm zippy salad – perfect for lunch or to accompany grilled meat. This mushroom recipe is not only easy but healthy too.

3 tbsp each vegetable oil and soy sauce 45 mL
1/3 cup rice vinegar 75 mL
2 cloves garlic, minced 2
1 tbsp Dijon mustard 15 mL
2 green onions, chopped 2
1 tbsp finely minced gingerroot 15 mL
1 lb. assorted sliced fresh Mushrooms (white button, crimini, portabella, shiitake, oyster) 500 g
3 tbsp teriyaki sauce 45 mL
16 cups mixed salad greens or baby spinach 4 L
1 tbsp sesame seeds 15 mL

In small saucepan, mix oil, soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, mustard, onions and gingerroot; set aside. Pile mushrooms in centre of large piece of heavy-duty aluminum foil. Drizzle with teriyaki sauce. Fold edges and ends to seal well. Barbecue on high heat about 5-6 minutes or until steaming. Heat dressing on barbecue or stove top just until boiling. Divide salad greens evenly among 4 large salad plates. Top with warm mushroom slices and drizzle with hot dressing. Sprinkle sesame seeds on top. Serve immediately.

Makes 4 main course servings.

Tips: Prepare dressing in micro proof bowl or glass (2 cup/500 mL) measuring cup and heat in microwave until boiling. Mushrooms could be cooked in 425º F (220 ºC) oven instead of barbecue.

Variation: Substitute roasted garlic teriyaki sauce for plain teriyaki sauce.

Nutritional Information (Per Serving): Calories: 193, Sodium: 1310 mg Protein: 8.3 g, Fat: 12.6 g, Carbohydrates: 16.6 g, Dietary Fibre: 5.4 g

posted by Brittany

Mushroom Quick Facts

Portabella Mushrooms are nutritiousDo you love mushrooms? They are flavourful, easy to prepare and versatile, but how much do you really know about them? Test you mushroom knowledge and see how many of these quick facts you know.

  • One Portabella mushroom has as much potassium as a small banana.
  • Fresh mushrooms are the only vegetable that contain Vitamin D naturally.
  • Mushrooms are not a seasonal item, they are grown year round right here in Canada.
  • Mushrooms are good for you! They are loaded with B vitamins, minerals, fibre and antioxidants selenium & ergothioneine.
  • Always store fresh mushrooms in a brown paper bag in the fridge.
  • Recent research shows that white button mushrooms may help to prevent breast and prostate cancers.

– Brittany

The Good on Mushrooms

The Nutritional Value of Fresh Mushrooms
Fresh mushrooms are making their mark! Even though they look simple, mushrooms have a whole lot going for them in the nutrition department.

  • Antioxidants: Fresh mushrooms contain a powerful antioxidant called l-ergothioneine. Ergothioneine is found in both raw and cooked mushrooms. Portabella and crimini mushrooms have the most, followed by white button mushrooms.
  • Cancer-fighting: Fresh mushrooms offer nutrients such as beta-glucans and conjugated linoleic acid, compounds that are currently being studied for their chemo-preventive potential. Recent research suggests that mushrooms (and mushroom extracts) may have powerful anticancer activity, for both breast and prostate cancer.
  • Essential Nutrients: A 100 gram serving of sliced fresh white mushrooms has only 25 calories, no cholesterol, is virtually fat-free, is low in sodium and has 1 gram of fibre. They are a good source of riboflavin, copper, selenium, niacin and pantothenic acid.
  • Fibre: Mushrooms offer both soluble and insoluble fibre, which helps to maintain good bowel health.
  • Immunity: A strong immune system helps protect against infections from bacteria and viruses. Emerging research indicates that certain mushroom extracts (including extracts from the white button mushrooms), may have a positive effect on the immune system.
  • Weight management: Fresh mushrooms are a perfect choice for low energy-dense diets, as they have high water content, are low in fat, and contain some fibre; three factors that will help keep you feeling full with fewer calories. Researchers have found that people who eat satisfying portions of foods that are less energy-dense have greater success at weight loss and maintenance.

– Brittany

Check Us Out: Mushroom News Online

Check Us Out: Mushroom News Online brings together all the interesting and delicious mushrooms stories from the web to one place.

News Finds:

Mushrooms are not your ordinary plant
One of the most unique foods that we consume on a regular basis is mushrooms. Unlike any ordinary vegetable or plant, mushrooms are actually members of the fungus family. They are produced from spores rather than seeds, and therefore lack the familiar plant traits of leaves, flowers, and roots.

Chicken and ‘shrooms are quick meal
The talented chef Jacques Pepin makes a sustaining dinner for four with four large chicken thighs and three cups of mushrooms.

Recipe for meatless grilling treat try snack-size mushroom sliders with goat cheese
Tender and juicy portobello snack-size burgers make a perfect veggie meal that anyone can enjoy during the summer barbecue season.

Blog Finds:

What’s cooking wednesday – Stuffed Mushrooms

So many mushrooms!

Kicked Up Stuffed Mushrooms

Grilled King Oyster Mushrooms

Pasta With Slow-Cooked Portobello Mushrooms

– Brittany

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Feature Friday: Discover the Umami

Everybody knows that there are four primary tastes: sweet, sour, salty and bitter. But did you know there is actually a fifth primary taste? It’s called Umami.

Umami is a Japanese word meaning savoury or delicious. It extends the finish of savoury foods, making them linger on the palate longer.
Found in savoury products, such as meat, cheese, broth and sauces, umami is subtle, blends well with other tastes, and expands and round-out flavours.
In other words, Umami enhances the flavours of the foods it is served with making them taste better.

Most people don’t recognize umami when they encounter it, but it plays a very important role in making food taste delicious. Mushrooms are full of umami, which is why restaurants serve them on burgers, steaks, and in pasta and salads. Remember how that morsel of steak exploded with flavour when it was served with fresh sautéed mushrooms? Your mouth tingled as you began to enjoy the food, making you say “Mmmmm.” That’s umami!

So how can you amp up the umami flavour in your everyday meals?
– Pile umami toppings on pizza — tomatoes, pepperoni, mozzarella and fresh mushrooms.
– Add fresh Parmesan shavings to a mushroom and tomato bisque.
– Top a pork tenderloin with a warm mushroom cream sauce.

If you love food (and who doesn’t?), be sure to put Umami-rich mushrooms on your weekly shopping list, and discover the Umami for yourself!

– Brittany

Provencal Poached Salmon Dinner

Questions from You: Morel Mushrooms

Q: “I’ve been lucky enough to get some morel mushrooms! Aside from sauteing them in butter, do you have any recipes for preparing them?”

A: We currently do not have any recipes that are specific to morel mushrooms, but what is great about the recipes in the Mushrooms Canada Recipe Library is that most of them call for just “fresh mushrooms.” This means that you can use any variety of fresh mushroom you happen to have on hand; including morels!

The beauty of cooking with fresh mushrooms is that you can use whatever variety you like in a recipe. By switching up the type, your meals take on a different flavour and texture profile, making it taste new each time you prepare it.

Here are a few recipes I would suggest trying with fresh morel mushrooms:
Easy Mushroom Ravioli with Four Cheese Sauce
French Mushroom Duxelles
Provencal Poached Salmon Dinner (include your morels in a mixture of white and criminis)


– Brittany