I had something called “Asian slaw,” in a restaurant a few months ago…it might have been a Panera or some place like that…I don’t recall. Anyway, I loved it. “I wish I had a recipe for that, ” I said to myself. Then one afternoon I was planning a cookout and I had a bag of shredded cabbage & veggies. I just wasn’t in the mood for mayonnaise that day. I tend to prefer vinegar salads while my husband is a mayo man. Since there is no accounting for taste and since I was the one in command of the kitchen on that day (which is not always the case…hubby is an awesome cook!), I decided to experiment with an Asian dressing for the slaw. We’re both fairly good at deconstructing flavors in a dish and have had some success at reproducing more than a few dishes we’ve enjoyed in restaurants. Here’s what I came up with. I’m very slightly modifying the dressing recipe based on the taste, so I haven’t actually tried the version I’m giving you here, but I know this is how I’ll make it next time and that it will be awesome! Let me know if you try it!
And, here’s the recipe:
1 bag cole slaw (or veggie slaw)
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup rice vinegar
3 TBS sesame oil (dark)
juice of 1/2 lime
1/2 inch piece of fresh ginger, finely minced
(or 1/2 tsp powdered ginger)
1/4 tsp lemon zest
1 tsp toasted sesame seeds
1 tsp black sesame seeds
Combine all ingredients for dressing and pour over slaw and almonds. Cover and chill at least 2 hours.
There you go. So, are you a vinegar person or a mayo person?
Your Daily Bread
Genesis 1:29 And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. 30 Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food”; and it was so. 31 Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good.