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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Asian Salad

Marisa and I attended the Utah County Beekeepers association potluck earlier this month. We thought it would be good to rub shoulders with other beekeepers as we are preparing for our first beehive. I was a little nervous to go to a potluck with beekeepers.

Be honest, what do you think of when you think of beekeepers? A few words that come to my mind are (and I know I am stereotyping) holistic, healthy, vegetarian, natural, earth conscious. So I had to figure out something to take to the potluck that I thought beekeepers would approve of. I found a nice healthy recipe and added honey (since I figured beekeepers don't eat anything without honey.)

I found this recipe for Asian Salad on Food Network. I tweaked it some to fit what we had at home, and came up with this version of it. It was really tasty and Marisa loved it. She has made me make it twice since. Here is my version. I doubled this recipe to get a salad bowl full but if you are feeding 4 or 5 people I don't think you need to double it.


1/2 Cucumber cut into matchsticks
1 14 oz bag Broccoli Slaw ( or 10 oz Broccoli stems cut into matchsticks and 4 oz carrots cut into matchsticks)
1 14 oz can baby corn

3 Tbs Rice Vinegar
1/4 Cup Chopped Cilantro
2 Tbs Soy Sauce
1 Tbs Honey
1 Tbs Sesame Seeds
1 Tbs Grated Ginger
1 tsp sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon grated garlic
1/2 tsp Sriracha Hot sauce

Add Cut baby corn into fourths lengthwise.
Add Corn and veggies to bowl.
In separate bowl mix remaining ingredients.
Pour dressing over veggies immediately prior to serving

I think any crunchy veggie would be good in this salad. One ingredient that I would not omit is the sesame oil. It adds a nice nutty flavor that I don't think you can substitute for. Make sure you don't add the dressing too far ahead of serving as it will soften the vegetables up a little bit and they won't be as crunchy. I am telling you, this is a yummy easy recipe that will go into your long term recipe book. I am excited to have another recipe to use when we have more veggies coming from the garden.



Big Mama said...

Sounds so yummy! And I happen to have most of those veggies in my fridge right now.
But inquiring minds need to know... what did the beekeepers think?? :)

teekaroo said...

Did they swarm around the salad?
Sounds very good. I'll have to file this for when we have more veggies around.

marisa said...

teekaroo, you're killing me, "swarm the salad" I love it.

Big Mama & teekaroo, apparently they liked it because by the time I went back up to get more of it, it was gone.

I believe it may have been the only salad there, I was surprised at how many bags of chips and store bought cookies were there.


Do you think raw cabbage and grilled chicken would be good in this dressing?

marisa said...

Yes, I'm going to try that (or have Michael try that) next time he makes it.

Kim said...

This sounds delish!!! I will be trying it for sure. I love the idea of putting grilled chicken in it. Thank you for sharing the recipe!