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Mixed vegetable and fruit salad dressed with tamarind, palm sugar and sesame seeds (Yam Pak)

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.

Ingredients

  • Handful of mixed mint, Thai, holy and lemon basil leaves

  • ½ small yam bean (jicama), sliced

  • 3 or 4 green beans, sliced

  • 1 tablespoon shredded long-leaf coriander (pak chii farang)

  • ½ small green mango, peeled and shredded

  • 2 lemongrass stalks, trimmed and finely sliced

  • 1 apple eggplant, sliced

  • 2 kaffir limes leaves, finely shredded

  • ½ star fruit, elegantly sliced – optional

  • 2 red shallots, sliced

  • Dressing

  • 3 tablespoons soft palm sugar

  • 3 tablespoons thick tamarind water

  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce

  • 1 heaped teaspoon toasted sesame seeds

  • 2 tablespoons deep-fried red shallots

Method

  • 1.

    To make the dressing, dissolve the palm sugar in the tamarind water and soy sauce.

  • 2.

    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.

  • 3.

    Combine all the prepared fruits and vegetables in a bowl. Dress the salad then serve.

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