Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Zucchini, Tofu, Woodear Mushrooms Salad 西葫芦豆腐黑木耳沙拉

This is an easy side-dish to make from zucchini "noodles"; and kitchen-friendly especially in the hot summer days when you want to spend less time behind the stove. As each ingredient is finely julienned to thin strips, they cook almost instantly, either with a brisk sauté or quick blanching.

If you prefer to have it all raw, you can. However, a lot of Chinese salad-type dishes e.g. Luffa (Loofah) Salad do not recommend entirely raw food due to the "cooling" properties of raw food. In Chinese food therapy, consuming raw food regularly when one has a heaty (yang) body-type will not be an issue but when one has a more "cooling" (yin) inner body-system, it is best to cook the ingredients slightly. Another reason to cook it, is to prevent the possible contamination  of consuming raw ingredients/food.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Mixed Green Salad with Avocado Dressing 鳄梨沙拉酱

Most times I like to keep my homemade salad and dressing simple e.g. Purple Cabbage & Orange Salad and Bean Salad. Besides my favorite basic oil-vinegar-garlic dressing, the next go-to is turmeric-based, and then comes this creamy avocado dressing. nailed to perfection when the avocado is over-ripe.

How it excites me when my favorite organic Earthbound salad greens goes on sale.

I love using Earthbound organic salad greens because most importantly, they are organic and has been triple-washed. That means, I can use them straight from the box without having to rinse (and dry) the leaves again, saving plenty of time.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Watermelon Feta-Cheese Pizza-Salad 西瓜披萨沙拉

It is the first day of Summer, and so extremely hot!

This appetizer or dessert (whatever you think it should be, or want it to be) Watermelon Feta-Cheese Pizza is the perfect summer thirst-quencher and palate-refresher.

I absolutely love the idea of using watermelon wedge(s) as the base, making this one of the most interesting (and pretty) appetizers - sweet juicy watermelon, topped with briny crumbly feta cheese, mild red onion and cooling crisp cucumber. It is also super easy to put together and so ready for the "Wow!" factor.

I am usually not a huge fan of watermelon because I find it one-dimensional too sweet. However, with this combination of complementary flavors and textures, this fruit pizza has become irresistibly delicious.