From wasabi guacamole to spicy cocoa cupcakes, there isn't much this hot little root can't improve

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Hint: the colour of the cupcake case is a clue ...

Sinus cleanser, eye-waterer and head-blower-offer: these are the things wasabi is generally known for. But whether you're using wasabi powder or wasabi paste, there's a whole load of fun you could be having with the fiery green stuff. Come on, let's have a gander …

 

 

1. Wasabi cucumber sesame salad

It's worth digging out the mandoline for this zingy, refreshing salad. Serve alongside rich meats such as duck and pork belly, or take it along to a sunny picnic in the park.

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2. Smoked salmon tartine with creamy wasabi spread

That's lunch sorted then.

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3. Wasabi-roasted asparagus

Some like it hot.

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4. Wasabi peanut butter cups

Is this a strange perversion of an old-school favourite or a moment of genius? We'll let you decide.

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5. Wasabi pea fritters

Who knew petits pois could be so naughty?

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Wasabi Pea Fritters

Photo: vegsoc.org

 

6. Avocado wasabi hummus

And if this dip works, think of how many others you can make …

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7. Wasabi guacamole

Holy moley. 

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8. Chocolate and wasabi macaroons

Chilli works with chocolate so we guess wasabi is the natural next step. Go easy, though – it's not April Fools' Day.

 

 

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9. Green bean fries with wasabi ranch dip

… and sriracha salt. Makes normal french fries look quite boring, doesn't it?

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10. Cucumber wasabi gazpacho

Did someone say garden party? Can we come?

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11. Wasabi and garlic roast beef

One way to spice up a Sunday roast.

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12. 10-minute wasabi ginger popcorn

Worth sneaking into the cinema.

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13. Spring pea miso soup with crispy wasabi chickpeas

Make extra chickpeas and eat them on their own as a pre-dinner nibble. Just try to remember to save some for the soup!

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14. Nori rolls with edamame wasabi spread

Much easier than sushi and looks just as good – very welcome in a lunchbox!

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15. Roasted tofu with wasabi dipping sauce

Tofu gets a bad rep but roasted until it's brown and crispy, and then served with this tasty dipping sauce? Well, then it's totally yummy.

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16. Salmon with wasabi mayonnaise

Once you've tried wasabi mayo, you'll be using it in everything: egg sarnies, potato salads, homemade coleslaw. Trust us, nothing is safe.

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17. Wasabi-toasted nori crisps

Goes very well with prawn cocktail – mix them together in a bowl.

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18. Asian quinoa bowl with wasabi lime dressing

Another lunchbox wonder or get it out at a barbecue. Wasabi will be making an appearance everyday of the week at this rate.

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19. Asian cheese ball

Strangely reminiscent of that cult 1958 monster horror film, The Blob. You know, the one where the big green blob goes around eating everything? How the tables have turned.

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20. Ginger and wasabi cocoa cupcakes

You'd never know to look at them would you. But the wasabi butter cream on these ones kind of gives them away.

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