Sunday, August 02, 2009

Summer salads

Mango-radish salad for our Prospect Park BBQ
This is a salad I just threw together - Mark Bittmann published one of his famous 101 recipe lists this summer, for 101 summer salads.

8. Chop or slice radishes (or jicama, or the ever-surprising kohlrabi) and combine with chopped or sliced unripe (i.e., still crunchy) mango, lime juice and mint or cilantro.

My take: 4 radishes, julienned. 2 semi-ripe mangoes, handful of chopped fresh parsley. A sprinkle of sesame seeds and crushed red pepper.

For the dressing: about a tablespoon of honey, a teaspoon each of extra virgin olive oil, soy sauce and rice wine vinegar and just one tiny drop of sesame oil. Whisk together, toss with the salad and let it sit for a couple of hours. So refreshing for a picnic at the park.

Another summer salad I love to make is this great potato salad my friend Katie made when she visited a couple of years ago:
California/Yukon gold potatoes - cooked, cooled & cubed
Red grapes - rinsed, whole
Cilantro - fresh, rinsed, chopped
Red onion - diced
Salt & pepper

Toss the ingredients together in this dressing:
Lemon juice
Red wine vinegar
Minced garlic
Cumin - one tiny dash
Garlic powder
(I winged all this, not remembering what was in her dressing exactly...just taste as you go)

2 comments: said...

I love mango salads when the mango is still unripe-- love it with a salty fish sauce dressing-- very Thai or Filipino.

My other favorite summer salad is a macaroni salad... elbow macaroni, onion, grated carrots, imitation (or real) crab meat, mayonaise and a hint of mustard- Like a potato salad without the potatoes!

lazysundae said...

lol you are sooo hawaiian!!!

i love the green mango w/ bagoong, that spicy fermented shrimp paste. my mouth's watering just thinking about that super sour-salty taste!