Friday, 03 January 2014
Recipe: Asian Butterbean Salad
When I threw a dinner party for all of my close school friends after I moved back from America last Summer, I made I adapted an Asian Style Butterbean Salad from the original Ottolenghi cookbook which turned out to be one of my favourite dishes of the entire meal, so much so that I felt it had to have a reprieve at the next dinner part I threw, this time for my Dad’s family on New Years Day. What I love about this salad is it is not only full of flavour, but it is so versatile. It has Asian flavourings, but in a way that it can be paired as part of a spread with so many other cuisines. And, as well as being a salad that everyone can have a little bit of (this way it serves about 6), it is also for serving 2 to 3 people for lunch, and would be great for a desk lunch.
- 2 Cans Butterbeans
- 6 Garlic Cloves, crushed
- 70ml (2.5 oz) Sweet Chilli Sauce (dipping sauce is fine)
- 2 tbsp Toasted Sesame Oil
- 3 tbsp Soy Sauce (I like Amoy Special Selection)
- Juice of 1 Lemon
- 2 Red Peppers (Bell Peppers), chopped into squares
- 4 Spring Onions, white and green bits, chopped
- 1 Bunch Coriander (Cilantro), chopped
- 1 Bunch Fresh Mint, chopped
- Sea Salt (I like French Breton Fleur de Sel)
- Freshly Ground Black Pepper
- Drain the beans into a sieve and rinse in cold water. Set aside to drain away any excess water.
- Meanwhile, whisk together the garlic, chilli sauce, sesame oil, soy sauce and lemon juice, and set aside.
- Add the peppers, spring onions and chopped herbs and drained beans to a large bowl and pour over the dressing. Toss together until everything is well coated, and season with sea salt and pepper to suit your personal tastes.
I just wanted to ask you guys, because I have another salad coming up on the blog in the next week or so, do you like these posts about dishes that you serve as part of a meal so you can play mix and match with the recipes, or do you prefer more of the posts I’ve been doing in the past which have a whole meal in the post, or would you prefer a mixture of both? I’d love to hear what you’d like to hear more of, either in the comments section or via email or Twitter.