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Asian Fusion Coleslaw

19 Sep

fusion coleslaw

Got the recipe from Food to Live By. This is a really yummy and refreshing salad that my family has made twice already. It’s not mayo based but rather oil and vinegar and very full flavored. Here’s the recipe with my changes in parentheses.

Fusion Coleslaw
Serves 6 (4).

2 cups shredded red cabbage (1 cup)
1 cup shredded Napa cabbage
2 large carrots, coarsely grated (1 carrot)
1/3 cup thin strips of scallion greens
1 jalapeno pepper, cut into slivers

3 Tbsp toasted sesame oil
3 Tbsp unseasoned rice vinegar
1 Tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp Asian chili garlic sauce
1 Tbsp finely grated peeled fresh ginger
Salt (optional)

1/2 cup honey-roasted peanuts (we crushed them)
1/2 cup raisins (we used golden and cranberries)
2 Tbsp sesame seeds, toasted

1. Toss together all the vegetables.
2. Mix ingredients for dressing in glass jar and shake. Taste for seasoning and add salt or pepper to taste.
3. Pour dressing over salad and toss to combine. Add peanuts and raisins and toss again. Refrigerate the coleslaw, covered, to allow flavors to develop (2-4 hours). Serve coleslaw chilled garnished with sesame seeds (room temp is okay too).

Caprese salad

7 Aug

Of all of my vegetable plants the tomatoes seem to be the most successful so far. The basil grew quickly as was expected but now they are flowering and look scary. The jalapenos were the first veggies ready then the bell peppers (which were mislabeled sweet red bell peppers at the store) and now finally the tomatoes but they are prolific! I have three plants and they are very hardy. They survived several heavy rainstorms and now have lots and lots of fruit. Recently whole bunches have been ripening so they were picked and eaten. They’re very sweet and plump.

My favorite way to eat them is in a caprese salad. The simple flavors of all the ingredients shine in this salad. I only wish I had some fresh mozzarella. Tomatoes, basil, mozzarella cheese, and extra virgin olive oil come together in this yummy dish.

caprese salad

Citrus Cumin Salad Dressing

24 Sep

A few weeks back I tried this delicious salad dressing at a dining hall. It was so tasty that my boyfriend and I kept wanting to taste that flavor again so we finally decided to make it. We bought all the ingredients and made it for dinner tonight. You have to try this dressing, it’s amazing. The only downside is that I had to buy a huge bottle of cumin (cheaper than the mini bottles) which I don’t know what to do with it now. =D

Citrus Cumin Dressing


  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp grated lemon zest


    Mix all ingredients with a whisk. Refrigerate in a bottle and enjoy. Makes ~1 2/3 cup so it’ll last a while. =D