Sunday, January 22, 2012

Carrot and Apple Salad

The boy had decided to try his hand at cooking octopus over the weekend, so I made it my mission to come up with the sides while using up some of the vegetable box bounty. Out of lettuce and salad greens, I searched for a salad that didn't need them. My efforts were rewarded with this recipe. Originally, it's paired with some spiced seared tuna, but it's perfect on its own with other Thai or Asia flavoured dishes. I was a bit suspicious that it would come together, but the crisp, clean flavours work well together. Best of all, it uses ingredients that I tend to receive in overabundance from the CSA box!

Carrot and Apple Salad (from Mighty Spice)

1/3 cup unsalted peanuts
2 tomatoes, seeded and thinly sliced
2 apples, quartered, cored, and thinly sliced
4 large carrots, peeled and grated
3 scallions, thinly sliced
2 red chilies, seeded and thinly sliced
1 handful mint leaves, finely chopped
1 large handful cilantro leaves, roughly chopped
juice of 2 limes
1 tbsp fish sauce
1 tbsp sugar

1. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add peanuts and gently toast. Transfer to plate to cool, then blitz in food processor until coarsely ground.
2. Whisk dressing ingredients together in large bowl.
3. Add remaining ingredients to bowl with peanuts. Toss to coat.

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