south by southeast June 15, 2009
The blog hit yet another snag. My silence hasn't meant any personal traumas or anything, don't worry. Simply put, my computer bit the big one. Kaput. So after a few days of deliberation, I've joined the cult of Apple and I'm thrilled about it. It's taken me a few days to get my sea legs and figure this thing out…but I seem to be getting the hang of it.
It's officially summer here in Atlanta – I've asked on numerous occasions if I worked through our one week of spring. That means lots of outdoor social events and potlucks. This is an Asian-influenced slaw that was really well received. I'm a slaw fan..and more specifically, I'm a fan of less mayonnaise based versions. This is tossed with a spicy, thin peanut vinaigrette that gives great flavor without being too gloppy. Add whatever mix of fresh, crisp veggies you want in your version. I edited out the carrots and threw in more pepper and herbs. Toasted peanuts would be awesome in this, too. Serve this with some seared tuna or marinated chicken. Word to the wise: take it to heart when it says to serve IMMEDIATELY once you dress it!
Asian Inspired Slaw with Peanut Vinaigrette – serves 8 to 10 as a side dish – I don't know where the original recipe came from so if someone knows, let me know and I'll credit it!
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
- 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 3 tablespoons Asian fish sauce
- 3 tablespoons water
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tablespoon Sriracha chile sauce
- 2 pounds napa cabbage, thinly sliced (12 cups)
- 3/4 pounds red cabbage, thinly sliced (3 cups)
- 3 medium carrots, julienned
- 2 red peppers, thinly sliced
- 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
- 15 mint leaves
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- In a medium bowl, whisk the peanut butter with the lime juice, fish sauce, water, sugar, garlic and Sriracha.
- In a large bowl, toss the napa and red cabbages with the carrots, peppers, cilantro and mint. Toss the salad with the dressing and season with salt and pepper. Serve right away.