Monday, December 19, 2011

Asian flavoured slaw

On Friday we had our annual Christmas pot luck, we celebrate most things in my department like birthdays, retirements, marriages and anything else we can think of with a pot luck.  But the Christmas one is different we set a table with table cloths, decorations and Christmas crackers, people make even more of an effort with their contributions.

Then at the end we do our secret Santa gift exchange, it is a highlight for me and gets the Christmas season off to a good start. I usually bring a salad as any good buffet needs something a little lighter to counter all the rich and calorie laden options. This salad has become a favourite, though I do change it up a little using different fruit and nuts. This year I used pomegranate and cashews, but I have used mango and papaya and almonds and peanuts.

1/2 white cabbage shredded
1 red onion very thinly sliced
2 red peppers thinly sliced
1 cup of toasted nuts (cashews this time)
2 cups of fruit sliced in most cases (pomegranate this time)
1/2 cup of chopped cilantro (optional as there are those that hate cilantro)

1/2 cup of seasoned rice vinegar
1/4 cup of soy sauce
2 tablespoons of fish sauce
Juice of one lime (2 if it is not very juicy)
1/4 cup of olive oil
1 tablespoon of sesame oil
1 tablespoon of brown sugar
1" of fresh ginger grated
1 garlic clove grated

Toss the cabbage, onion and pepper together in a large salad bowl.

Toast the nuts and place in a ziploc bag or small plastic container. Mix the dressing ingredients in another small plastic container.  I cheated a little and bought the pomegranate seeds in a tub, but if I had been using mango or papaya I would have peeled and sliced it and placed that in a ziploc bag.

Tub of pomegranate
Place the cilantro on top of the cabbage mixture and the nuts fruit and dressing in the respective containers on top, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate until you are ready to serve.

Then at the last minute toss everything together and serve.  This is a very refreshing salad and went remarkably well with samosas, and taco pie!

Yet again another wonderful spread and great secret santa gifts, way to go Payroll you rock!

Rocking Payroll

1 comment:

  1. Nice picture...including the the last one. You can tell who's boss!