Market Haul Pt 2
cucumbers, halved lengthwise, seeds scooped out, then sliced
green onions, thinly sliced
small red onion, peeled and thinly sliced
chopped fresh cilantro
chopped fresh mint
optional toppings: toasted sesame seeds, crushed red chili flakes
For the vinaigrette:
s fresh lime juice
s coconut or canola oil
s rice vinegar
small clove garlic, minced or pressed
– tablespoons 100% maple syrup or favorite sweetener
To make the dressing, whisk the lime juice, oil, rice vinegar, fish sauce, garlic, and your desired amount of sweetener together in a small bowl until combined. (Or add all ingredients to a mason jar, cover and shake vigorously until combined)
Combine the cucumbers, green onions, red onion, cilantro, mint and peanuts in a large bowl. Drizzle evenly with the dressing, then toss until combined. Reserve or make extra dressing to drizzle onto grilled eggplant or other main dish!
Serve immediately, garnished with your desired toppings. Or cover and refrigerate for up to one day, then serve the salad chilled.
4 Japanese eggplants (longer, thinner, and less bitter than regular eggplants)
2 tablespoons olive oil
Optional toppings: Thai vinaigrette and fried onions
Cut of stem of eggplants. Slice lengthwise into pieces of desired thickness. Brush both sides with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Clean and oil a grill pan or outside grill. Once hot, place eggplant slices and don’t move for 2 minutes or until tender. Flip and don’t move for 2 more minutes or until tender. Plate, top and serve.
Summer snack spread
Half of a local cucumber, sliced with a sprinkle of salt
One whole local cucumber, sliced with drizzle of balsamic, turn of cracked black pepper, and basil leaves
One jammy egg, halved with sprinkle of everything bagel seasoning
2 creamy dreamy dips, homemade or store bought, such as pimiento cheese, charred onion
Simple crunchy carb such as crackers or toast points
One chopped nectarine or peach tossed with honey, dash of ginger, cardamom, and cinnamon and topped with mint
Arrange on a beautiful plate and consume slowly sipping on your favorite white wine or spritzer binge watching Netflix in the air conditioning.