Cilantro Salad

May 14, 2013
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An invitation to a weekend dinner party

Cilantro Salad - Here's to a season filled with dinner parties, interesting food pared with beautiful salads, and best of all .. good friends for company

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“Will you bring an interesting salad?

“Of course!  Define interesting”

“Oh, you know, something green, of course.  But it also needs to have some crunch.  Oh, and a nice combination of flavors. Don't forget the notion of a making a small quantity; salad never really keeps well in the fridge.  Plus, a small serving exploding with flavor is much better than volume, don't you think?”

“Ummmm … ”

Cilantro Salad - Here's to a season filled with dinner parties, interesting food pared with beautiful salads, and best of all .. good friends for company

That very same day, 101cookbooks posted the recipe for this salad.  This was it.  I'm not a huge fan of cilantro, but knew the other people;e would be.  What was I worried about?

Good heavens, it was fantastic!

Cilantro Salad - Here's to a season filled with dinner parties, interesting food pared with beautiful salads, and best of all .. good friends for company

Guaranteed, this recipe will be making many appearances in my kitchen this season.  It's just that good.

And so, here's to a season filled with dinner parties, interesting food pared with beautiful salads, and best of all, good friends for company

We hope you're looking forward to it as much as we are

Enjoy!

xoxo

Cilantro Salad 16

~ Adapted from 101Cookbooks

Cilantro Salad

Ingredients

  • ½ cup sunflower oil
  • ½ cup shallots, sliced
  • 12 oz asparagus spears, sliced thin
  • 1 bunch of cilantro, with stems
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup peanuts, chopped, toasted, and cooled
  • 1 Tbsp sunflower seeds

Instructions

  • Making the shallot oil, (You can even do this up to a few days in advance)
  • Place the oil in a thick-bottomed saucepan or wok, over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot turn the stove’s knob to medium, sprinkle in the shallots, and cook slowly until they are deeply golden, 15 – 20 minutes. Remove from heat, strain the oil off into a jar, and set aside. Place the shallots on a paper towel and allow them to cool and crisp.
  • In the meantime, bring a medium saucepan of water to a boil, salt generously, and cook the asparagus for just 15-30 seconds or so, until bright. Drain, and quickly transfer to a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. Drain again, and set aside.
  • Trim the stems from the cilantro, wash, and dry completely
  • Just before you’re ready to serve the salad, whisk together the soy sauce, sugar, sea salt, and two tablespoons of the shallot oil.
  • Place the cilantro, peanuts, asparagus, and sunflower seeds in a large bowl. Drizzle the soy dressing over, and toss to combine.
  • Serve with some of the crispy shallots on top
Serves: 4
Nutrition + Show
Rating:
Calories 305
Total Fat 22.7g
Saturated Fat 3.3g
Carbohydrates 14.8g
Fiber 3.8g
Sugars 7g
Protein 12.7g
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