In case Naomi starts feeling a bit homesick for Vietnam, I thought I would make my Vietnamese style salad. It’s salty, it’s sweet, it’s a bit of a tart and ridiculously easy. I have listed a some possible green ingredients, however, the dressing is really the key to this dish, so feel free to use the greens you have in the fridge, like steamed broccoli, cucumbers, etc. Unless, you’re like me and sometimes afraid of what is growing in the bottom corner…
2 tablespoons lime juice* 1 tablespoon fish sauce 1 teaspoon rice vinegar or white vinegar 2 teaspoons of palm sugar or honey 1 tablespoon sesame oil 3 cloves of garlic, crushed A nugget of ginger, grated 1 long red chilli, finely diced (or 3 if you feel like some dynamite) A generous sprinkle of white pepper if you’re the owner of such things
The crunchy stuff
1 big handful of snowpeas, dunked in boiling water for a minute or two and rinsed under the cold tap. 2 big handfuls of green beans, dunked in boiling water for a minute or two and rinsed under the cold tap. Lettuce, half a head of shredded iceberg is probably more traditional, but I really like this with a couple of handfuls of baby rocket or spinach too (I just used the lettuce we had growing in the garden) Handful of mint, shredded Handful of coriander, shredded Handful of roasted cashews, bashed with a rolling pin (I put nuts in paper bag and thump a couple of times) Feel free to throw a couple of handfuls of garlic-fried prawns or some steamed chicken on top. For the kiddliwinks, I put some rice vermicelli noodles (following the packet cooking instructions) in their bowls and mix it all through as a noodle salad.
Shake all the dressing ingredients together in a jar. Throw the crunchy bits in a bowl and toss the dressing through. Enjoy!
*When limes are in season, I usually try and freeze some in ice cube trays and store in a container in the freezer.
What meal takes you back to a holiday destination?
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