Although you wouldn’t know it, at this exact moment in time, it’s almost summer. A season where we eat as much raw food as possible, simply so we don’t have to heat the house. Chief among our strategies is an entree so beloved, so enjoyed, that it is simply known as “The Salad.” Packed with fresh produce, garnished with cold noodles, protein and heavily dusted with finely chopped herbs, this dinner entree is a powerhouse of nutrition and extraordinarily satisfying. We eat it at least once a week.
1/2 cup peanut oil
2 tsp dark sesame oil
2 Tbsp soy sauce
1 Tbsp mirin
2 Tbsp lime juice
Gather a bunch of salad greens: lettuces, spinach, turnip and radish greens, arugula, etc. Tear a healthy amount and toss with a few Tbsps of the dressing.
Make a base of the salad on your plate. Top with a handful of cooked soba noodles. Garnish with cooked chicken, pork, steak or vegan protein (leftovers from weekend grilling!). Top with chopped radish, turnip, snap peas, asparagus, or crunchy goodness of your choice. Dust with a healthy amount of chopped herbs: chives, basil, mint, cilantro, etc. Chopped nuts or seeds are welcome. Chive or borage flowers a decorative plus. Spoon more dressing on top. Take a picture. Eat. I like fish sauce as a condiment – the farmer likes sambal oelek. Make it your own! Enjoy!