This could very well be the most delicious & implausible
salad dressing I have tried in a long time.
With unlikely ingredients like soy sauce & parmesan,
it is a fab concoction that just works.
I call it a "global salad" and the recipe comes
from the incredible Heather,
an American who is now happily lost in Provence.
We were exchanging salad ideas recently,
and she mentioned this crazy salad
which has become
a favourite of hers.
Only trouble was,
as I was preparing it for family consumption,
my pet rainbow lorrikeet, who answers to the name "Rumbah"
(because he likes to dance)
also decided it was the flavour of the day,
and he tried to steal the luscious apples, cabbage & coriander.
Rumbah decided that it was his dish,
and refused to get off the bowl.
(That's his "I'm all puffed up and really scary
so you can't make me get off" look.)
But a sweet Pink Lady apple core did the trick,
and he busily munched on the sweet flesh
while I finished the salad.
So, what's in it, this crazy salad that drives a lorrikeet wild?
Apple, cabbage (supposed to be purple but I had savoy),
tomato, fresh coriander (cilantro), walnuts,
petite pois (or sugar peas, but I used sugar pea sprouts).
The dressing is soy sauce, lime juice (but I used orange),
fish sauce, rice vinegar.
Then freshly shaved parmesan over the top.
Yeah, it sounds weird.
But you just have to trust me: it's fabulous!
This was all served with chicken curry pies
(the curry is more like lentil, potato & cauliflower,
with a little chicken for flavouring as we are semi-vegetarian).
And the pastry?
One of my favourites - a citrus pastry that is impossibly short
and melt in the mouth.
(2 cups plain flour, 150 gm butter, 1 free range egg,
enough fresh orange juice to create the right texture).
Oh and Rumbah?
You are probably wondering what he had for dinner?
Well he had his own delicious plate of global salad,
so he was as one happy little birdie!!
Go check out Heather's warmly inspiring
adventures in experiencing the simple beauty in life,
on her Lost in Arles blog.
Images: blue fruit