Thursday, January 28, 2010

Asian Pear Slaw

A lot of times I develop recipes based on one ingredient I randomly buy at the store. In the last post, it was golden flax seeds and this time around it was a perfectly round and golden Asian Pear. I walked around the store with the one pear in my basket wondering what to do with it. The flavor is so mild, the texture so crisp that I thought it might make an interesting slaw, enhanced with Asian flavors, of course.

All this slaw takes is a little chopping, a little whisking and it's contrasting colors and flavors are mixed together in no time at all. I was going to make a straight cabbage/pear slaw but really emptied out my pantry and fridge utilizing a lonely serrano pepper, some zippy candied ginger, a handful of peanuts, and a small shallot. I seared a fillet of salmon and served it with this slaw which was a great accompaniment.

It pained me to buy out of season, overpriced mint but I felt like the slaw needed it. Besides, having the mint on hand allowed me to make a much-needed cold-weather mojito. Nothing brightens up an 11 degree day more than a summertime cocktail.

To serve four, as a side-dish:
  • 1 slightly underripe Asian Pear, cored and julienned
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded cabbage (I used a coleslaw mix containing carrots & cabbage)
  • 1 serrano pepper, minced
  • 1 tablespoon shallot, finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped salted peanuts
  • 2 teaspoons candied ginger, finely chopped
  • 6 mint leaves, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon turbinado sugar
  • 1 pinch kosher salt

In a large bowl, mix together the pear, cabbage, pepper, shallot, peanuts, ginger and mint. In a small bowl, whisk together the peanut oil, rice vinegar, lime juice sugar and salt. Pour the dressing over the slaw and toss the ingredients so that everything is thoroughly combined. Serve.


Sook said...

Oh I love Asian pear! That is such a great idea! I dont usually like the normal slaw but this I would eat gladly. :)

Libby said...

This looks delicious! I love asian pears!

I have tried this slaw with asian pear instead of apple and it is great, as well.

Unknown said...

this looks as delicious as beautiful...

All About Food said...

Sounds like a wonderful combination of flavor and texture.

thecelticcookinshanghai said...

Think I will try this out.

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