Thursday, 22 July 2010

Warm Cold Salad with Grapes and Grilled Chicken


In the spirit of Summer, a ton of new salad concoctions invariably appear everywhere. Despite being very Malaysian, I like my salad concoctions. After having had 3 weeks of ultimate feasting and weight gains, I have gone back to my simple (not!!!) dishes coupled with the extreme exercise regime to lose the pounds gained. I had a couple of left overs from the big cook outs we had at home, so what better way then to fix up a warm cold salad right?

What were the ingredients?

Sliced Savoy Cabbage
Sliced Green Asparagus
1 piece of grilled chicken with its juices (grilled with rosemary, basil, olive oil, salt and pepper)
Stir fried prawns (alternatively can be grilled as well)
a bunch of grapes (red or green doesn't matter - specific number of grapes - 20)
2 - 3 pieces of sundried tomatoes - sliced
8 - 10 green or black olives - whole or sliced
Fresh coriander - finely chopped
A dash of soy sauce / or a dash of salt
Finely ground black pepper
Juice of 1/2 a lime

  1. Using the juices of the grilled chicken, stir fry the green asparagus and savoy cabbage. Once cooked, pour into salad bowl, heat up grilled chicken and prawns on the same pan. 
  2. While waiting for the chicken and prawns to be heated up, prepare other ingredients that require slicing (sundried tomatoes, coriander). Toss them into the salad bowl. Add all other ingredients in.
  3. Remove chicken and prawns from the heat. Add the prawns without slicing and slice chicken into bite size pieces before adding to salad bowl. 
  4. Toss the salad, taste to see if it is salty enough and voila!
I made enough to feed an army. But kept some for lunch the next day. Still tastes yummy!!!! Some of you might find it odd to add a dash of soy sauce instead of salt. Well, in today's society where we are trying to reduce salt intake, soy sauce is a great alternative. Don't get conned though when you see fish sauce. Fish sauce is preferable with seafood and despite the dish having prawns in it, fish sauce still is predominantly better with Thai or Vietnamese related sauces. There are now different variations of soy sauces, so be sure to use the light and not the dark!

So, having a warm cold salad in the heat of this heatwave actually made my dining experience fantastic! Finishing it off with a glass of white wine (I'm not a wine drinker), or a glass of non-alcoholic bubbly, this would definitely perk your day :)


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