Friday, January 23, 2009

My Salad Days

Crunchy Thai Salad
(photo by Dan)

I have an old Jamie Oliver cookbook, dating back to when he was The Naked Chef on the Food Network. One of my favorite things about it is that many of the recipes are described quite casually, in a free-form-cooking sort of fashion. Last night's "Crunchy Thai" salad was that sort of recipe. Oliver offered a list of ingredients one might like to be in one's salad and encouraged his the readers to pick and choose. Yes, of course, we always have a choice to change up recipes, but I have a tendency to be a strict recipe-follower to an unnecessary degree, so I appreciate the nudge to make a dish my own.

I chose:
baby spinach, scallions, red chili, green bell pepper, sugar snap peas, cucumber, toasted cashews, toasted black sesame seeds, sprouts, mint.

The suggested dressing was terrif. on top:
brown sugar, (Key) lime juice, olive oil, toasted sesame oil, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, red pepper flakes, fresh chopped basil.

Jamie's Thai dressing
(photo by Dan)


mechanic said...

that dressing sounds delicious. i might be tempted to put that on everything (and eat more salad).

Jennette said...

Email me if you want me to give you the amounts so you can make it yourself!

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