Asian Vegetable Salad

When I make an Asian style main meal I’m always a bit lost choosing a good salad that will go with it.  Most of the Asian style salads I make are a complete meal as they either have some meat, noodles or both.  This salad is just a good combination of fresh, crisp vegetables, a zingy dressing and a good scattering of roasted peanuts for extra crunch.  I love it and could easily eat this on it’s own by the bowlful!  You could add some more fresh herbs to this like mint, coriander or Thai basil.  I added an extra handful of mint leaves to the salad just before serving.

This recipe is from my friends, Deb and Drew, and they made this as part of a sumptuous feast to accompany a beautiful barbecued whole snapper.  I made the salad to have alongside a Thai curry and it worked equally as well.  This recipe will get a good work out in my kitchen for many years to come. Delicious!

asian vegetable salad

1 teaspoon sambal oelek
1 tablespoon finely chopped lemongrass
3 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon palm sugar
1 teaspoon fish sauce
1  tablespoon finely chopped mint
300g French beans, trimmed and cut in half
1 red capsicum, julienned
90g bean sprouts
1 Lebanese cucumber, julienned
8cm piece radish, peeled and finely julienned
1 carrot, peeled and finely julienned
40g roasted peanuts, roughly chopped

To make the dressing put the sambal oelek, lemongrass, lime juice, palm sugar, fish sauce and mint in a small bowl and stir to combine.

Blanch the beans in lightly salted boiling water and then drain and rinse under cold running water.  Put in a bowl along with the remaining ingredients minus the peanuts.  Toss together.

Pour over the dressing and toss together.  Set aside for 15 minutes before serving.  Garnish with the peanuts and serve.

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8 Responses to Asian Vegetable Salad

  1. This looks yum. I would through some BBQ chook through it for a yummy weeknight meal.

    Do you remember the time you made the nam jim to go with the fishy fillets? That was YUM!

    • natalie says:

      We just had poached chicken for dinner tonight and that would be brilliant to have tossed through the salad too. Of course I remember that nam jim and fish meal. My first Neil Perry recipe! Aaahhh … fond memories!

  2. charlene ryan says:

    Hi there. love that new banner! It looks very much like your table after the kids leave with all the crooked chairs. Very sweet! Off to buy ingredients for this very healthy looking salad right now. Need lots of veges to ward off any change of season bugs that are ready to hit tired people at the end of a long school term. Have a nice day.

    • natalie says:

      Sharolyn did the beautiful drawing and Kirsty arranged a few things to make it a pretty spiffing banner! I love it! The salad is delicious too! One day of school left …

  3. Sharolyn says:

    Hmmm what Charlene just said about the chairs made me think that perhaps the things on the table should look like they’ve been nibbled at… some crumbs and bites missing etc could look good… for another day :)

    Your photography is looking fantastic Natalie! Are you using a different camera lately or is it the new website host that makes them pop out or something else altogether? Great work!

    • natalie says:

      I’m happy for you to add what you like Sharolyn. My blog banner is in your capable and clever hands! As for the photos – it is something else. I have been playing around on this website:
      http://www.picnik.com/
      I haven’t been sure if I like the results as they are quite sharp and quite bright. I think I prefer softer photos. Joel has been encouraging me to learn Gimp. I haven’t given up but I did find it challenging hence picnik.

  4. What is Gimp? Is it a geeky thing? Tell Joel to check out photoscape – it should appeal to his computer geekiness because it was created by university students years ago and they are constantly updating it (students at the same uni, or something like that). Anyway, it’s not the prettiest to use but it has some good effects etc.

    I love picnik – the cross process is my favourite action in case you can’t tell. I like the sharpness of your pics cause it brings out the brightness a bit. Are you still using the big camera?

  5. I am soooo cooking it for dinner :-)

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