I always knew that my blogging would someday parlay into something more but did I ever hope it would be two-fold? Never in a million years! First it was food styling (which I’m still doing) and as luck would have it, I recently reconnected with a colleague and a new opportunity was born: I’ve been social media content! How cool is that? I’ve been very fortunate to have been given this opportunity and I thank my lucky stars every minute! And I thought I was just lucky in love! So if you need food related social media content, I’m your gal! Email me at evataylor at bell dot net and we’ll ‘talk’!
I know you’re scrolling ahead to see these photos so let me take the suspense out: they were taken on the morning of April 15, 2014 — I kid you NOT! I was hoping to be yearning for light, salad-ie dishes by now but sadly the weather is STILL not cooperating. Yes, we did have a couple of exceptionally warmish days last weekend but for the most part it’s still soup and stew weather. And like my rebellious feet I am holding out and silently switching gears to a more summery palate!
As I’m sure most of you operate with similar intentions, I cruise blogs particularly when inspiration evades me and this recipe was no different; it was inspired by the lovely Sawsan’s beautiful Sushi Salad. I must confess that I didn’t record or photograph the first attempt of this creation which was a huge mistake (or was it?) so we actually had this tasty dish two nights in a row! And if it were up to me, it would have been three or four!
The volumes are ball-park, use what you like, omit what you don’t! Easy. If you have celery add it, if you don’t, no worries. The beauty of this dish is the crunch and variety of each and every bite.
Sawsan used ‘cauliflower’ rice but the cauliflower was not nice the day I wanted to make this dish so I substituted Napa cabbage. Since we were having this as a dinner course, I added a marinated BBQ’d pork tenderloin as our protein but chicken or fish would be an excellent substitution.
Asian Inspired Crunchy Spring Salad
Serves 2 as a dinner portion. Please click here for the original recipe.
Ingredients for the pork and marinade:
- 200 g pork tenderloin
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tbsp lime juice
- 1 tbsp finely chopped garlic
- 1 tbsp grated ginger
- 1/4 cup mirin
- 1 tsp toasted sesame oil
- 1 tbsp hoisin sauce
Directions for the pork and marinade:
- Remove all fat and silver skin from the tenderloin. Stab it a few times with a fork, all the way around.
- Combine the ingredients for the marinade and roll the prepared tenderloin in it to cover. Let rest in the fridge for a minimum of 20 minutes or overnight.
Ingredients for the dressing:
- 1 tsp soy sauce
- 1/4 cup rice vinegar
- 1 tbsp grated ginger
- 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
Directions for the dressing:
- Combine all ingredients and mix well. Set aside. (may be prepared the day before)
Ingredients for the salad:
(as suggestions, if you dislike something omit it and if you love something, by all means add more!)
- 5-6 cups of finely sliced Napa cabbage
- 1 cup cucumber, cubed
- 1/2 avocado, cubed
- 1/2 red pepper, cubed
- 1/2 medium sized red beet (raw, peeled and julienned)
- 2 green onions finely chopped
- a good bunch of cilantro, finely chopped
- 1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
Directions for the salad:
- BBQ the tenderloin until the internal temperature reads 71° C or 160°F at its thickest part. Allow to rest for 10 minutes before slicing.
- Lay a generous bed of the finely sliced Napa cabbage on each plate.
- Sprinkle the cubed cucumber, avocado and red pepper along the outer edge of the base. Add the julienned beets to the centre so it just peeks outside the ring (the beets discolour the Napa so I didn’t want it to bleed all over it).
- Garnish with the green onions and cilantro.
- After the pork rests for 10 minutes, slice into thin slices. Lay 100 g sliced pork onto each plate and garnish with the dressing and the toasted sesame seeds.