Spicy Lotus Root Salad

Spicy Lotus Root Salad

The quintessential summer vegetable is cucumber. Okay, maybe it’s tomatoes. Or corn on the cob. But the cucumber ranks pretty high on the list of vegetables I’ll eat almost any day of the summer. I like that they are light and refreshing and that they snap as you bite into them. They pair so well with so many things…like tomatoes and balsamic vinegar. Mint and yogurt. Fennel. Avocado. Chicken. Lamb. Spring rolls. So many possibilities. I’ll even use them as chip substitutes if I’m trying to be healthy (So that I can stock up on chocolate later in the day, of course…not lose weight. *Written while eating chocolate.*)

Spicy Lotus Root Salad

Light, refreshing, snappy.

Which means that I’ve found the cucumber’s long lost soul mate in the lotus root.

Spicy Lotus Root Salad

Yes, the lotus root. I showed you this amazing recipe for Salt ‘n’ Vinegar Lotus Root Chips three days ago. Do you remember? Maybe the thought of finding an Asian supermarket just for one medium-sized lotus root has deterred you from actually making that amazing appetizer yet.

So, I’ve decided to stuff you (well, this blog) with lotus root. Actually, two doesn’t count as stuffing, right? But, the good news is that now you have a reason to go to the Asian supermarket closest to you!

Spicy Lotus Root Salad

Because if you’re one of those people who likes to compensate for, say, frying up a batch of homemade lotus chips by whipping up a healthy salad, then this is a lotus root double whammy. First, make those chips. Then, gorge yourself with this cool, spicy lotus root salad!

Spicy Lotus Root Salad

Because eating the healthy dish totally compensates for enjoying the snack food. Yes it does. (Disclaimer: No it doesn’t. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it though.;)

Spicy Lotus Root Salad

 

Please note that blanching the lotus root is a must. I forgot to do that the other day, and lotus root novice that I am, spit it out into the kitchen sink. Raw lotus root is unpleasantly bitter. Cooked lotus root is lightly sweet.

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Spicy Lotus Root Salad
 
Use this refreshing, lightly sweet, and very accommodating Asian vegetable to kick up the heat and eat healthily this summer with spicy lotus root salad. My pickle juice is just slightly sweet. If yours is not you may want to add ½-1 teaspoon sugar or honey to your dressing.
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Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: Asian
Ingredients
  • Lotus Root:
  • 1 medium sized lotus root
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • Water to blanch
  • Dressing:
  • 4 tablespoons vinegar from pickle juice, or rice vinegar, or apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon soy
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 3-5 pickled chilies (5=heat!)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
Instructions
  1. First wash, peel, and slice the lotus root. Soak in vinegar and cover in water for about five minutes. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Drain the vinegar water solution and add the lotus root. Boil for about five minutes. Drain.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare the dressing by combining all of the ingredients. If you don't have pickle juice you may use rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar. Remember, my pickle juice is just slightly sweet. If yours isn't make the dressing, taste and add a ½-1 teaspoon of sugar or honey to taste. Pour over the lotus root and let marinate, refrigerating until cold or ready to serve.
  3. Right before serving, take a handful of fresh cilantro and garnish.

 

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Comments

    • sircserreb says

      I think in France we could get it at Asian supermarkets. It’s officially in season in the autumn I’ve read…although in China it seems to be available year round? And thank you for such kind words:)

    • sircserreb says

      So have you acquired the taste yet;)? I truly wasn’t under that impression. Although perhaps my experience with it has been different. I was hooked before I knew what it was. My mostly meat-eating husband grabs a side from the restaurant downstairs every time he gets pork. My father also really likes it. Anyway, as a traveler my general rule is to try something new at least three times before throwing in the towel, and as my father always said…”What doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger.” It was always that or “It’ll put hair on your chest.”

    • sircserreb says

      Go for it! The worst that can happen is that you don’t like it:) It’s no more difficult to prepare than a potato;)

    • sircserreb says

      Thank you for passing by…so you never found it? I think the message literally told me I wasn’t human or something to that effect and that my comment could not posted…so perhaps it did not go through…anyway, no worries and thanks for stopping by:)

    • sircserreb says

      Thank you! I once squabbled with a sister who said she couldn’t tell a difference between my pics now and at the beginning of this adventure!;)

    • sircserreb says

      Thanks! I’ll make sure I return the social favor…your blog is great, too…Now that we’ve met on this great big blogosphere, I’ll check in every once in awhile…yay for bloggy friends:)

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