Sweet Pea Crunch Salad
A crunchy green salad to celebrate the arrival of spring! Serve it with protein if you like, but it's a fresh meal all on its own!
I think Japanese food might be my “desert island cuisine” – you know, the one you would pick if you had to pick one cuisine forever. I love the beautiful sense of balance that can be found in every meal – something Americans could take a cue from, to be honest 🙂 – and I’ll be the first to admit that while eating my way through as many places as I can find in Portland, I haven’t even scratched the surface of the cuisine’s regional nuances.
This has inspired me to try and honor the cuisine in my own home as much as I can. I’ve started making homemade onigiri for a healthy meal on long travel days – it’s the best on-the-go food! And I also love building meals around rice (yes, white rice! Come at me!) – which is how I started planning this Yakitori bowl!
Now, often in Japan the food would not all be in one bowl like this; generally the elements of the meal are in separate dishes not touching each other. I really like the website Japan Food Addict for authentic recipes. I wouldn’t describe my recipe as authentic, but it is a loving tribute to an adaptation of one of my favorite cuisines to study (and EAT SO MUCH OF, as anyone with whom I’ve been to sushi).
“Yakitori” is grilled chicken skewers, and I’ve dressed them in this case with a sauce from Marshall’s Haute Sauce. If you’d like to make your own, here’s Japan Food Addict’s recipe for sauce. The spicy chicken balances out an earthy, garlicky bunch of greens and mushrooms, and simple cucumber salad tops it all off with a twinkle of acid. I can’t wait to make this again for dinner. So good!