When I have the opportunity to check out a restaurant, it's never just a trip to fill my stomach. I'm looking to also appease my senses and become inspired by the flavours. Most of the time, I can't help but also challenge myself and try to recreate some of my favourite dishes, but with my own flare.

At times I bring in my love for mixing cultures with a fusion style, or even straight-out change major ingredients to reflect my tastes and inspire a brand new recipe. Although, sometimes I just want to keep it classic.

A popular starter at sushi joints, I was introduced to the Wakame salad and instantly fell in love with the flavours, vibrancy, and freshness. With a little bit of research, a few trials (and of course errors), I got pretty close to the original with this seaweed-based healthy salad and awesome Japanese style dressing. All enjoyed in the comfort of my own kitchen.

• 2 tablespoons miso paste
•2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
•1 tablespoon water
•1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
•1/4 cup vegetable oil
•1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
•1 scallion, minced

In a bowl mix miso and mustard together • Whisk in water and lemon juice • Whisk in oil in a stream, whisking vinaigrette until emulsified • Mix in ginger and scallion • Place in fridge before use • mix in with wakame and any type of letuce

Below outlines a pictorial step by step tutorial of the recipe.