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Sunday, August 06, 2006

You Should Make This - Cucumber, Tomato, and Pineapple Salad



I made a Cucumber, Tomato, and Pineapple salad. With a surprise or two up my little dressing-making sleeve.

Oh, those deceiving appearances. This little gem looks innocent, doesn't she. Hmph. Don't believe a bite of it - she's a beast.

I was in the mood for cool, refreshing summer salad goodness, with a sweetness and a super-spicy punch. I got what I wanted - boy howdy.

Here's the story -

1/2 sliced cucumber
1 large chopped-up tomato
A handful of chopped cilantro
A smidgen of chopped mint
1/2 pineapple, cut into 1/2 inch cubes

Right then, that's simple enough. Now let's make things interesting.

1 garlic clove
1/4 teaspoon salt

Mince that together and make yourself a paste. Well done.

Juice of 1 lime
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
1 serrano chili, finely chopped (seeds included)
Dash of sugar
2 teaspoons oyster sauce (oh yes she did!)

Whisk of the above ingredients together with your garlic paste, adding salt/sugar to taste.
Then toss the dressing with the yummy concoction you made earlier - and wahlah - a hella spicy yet delightfully refreshing salad is allllll yours. She's packs a serious punch, so but the sweetness of the pineapple makes everything a-ok. Loved it! She shoots, she scores!

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