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Few things that taste as good as this salad does are also good for you. This is a great way of using a variety of seasonal Asian fruit and vegetables – just be sure to include bitter, sweet, sour and astringent ingredients in your selection.
To make the dressing, dissolve the palm sugar in the tamarind water and soy sauce.
Using a pestle and mortar, crush the sesame seeds and deep-fried shallots, then stir into the sauce. It should taste sweet, sour and only very slightly salty – lighten the sauce with a few tablespoons of water, if necessary.
Combine all the prepared fruits and vegetables in a bowl. Dress the salad then serve.
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