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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Grilled Asian Salad

This simple salad requires very little cooking time on the grill, as the vegetables have great flavour and texture

By Paul Finkelstein

1/4 cup (60 mL) orange juice
1 tsp (5 mL) sesame seed oil
2 tsp (10 mL) soy sauce
1 tsp (5 mL) orange zest
1/2 tsp (2 mL) hot sauce
1/4 tsp (1 mL) ground ginger
Salt and pepper to taste

12 asparagus spears, julienned
1/4 red pepper, julienned
1/4 yellow pepper, julienned
1/4 zucchini, julienned
1/4 red onion, julienned
2 Tbsp (30 mL) olive oil
45 g tofu, firm
4 English cucumbers, seeds removed, julienned
Handful cilantro leaves
4 handfuls watercress
I chose watercress because I like its crunch and it’s widely available in the summer months. I’ve suggested tofu as a protein, but if you can find tempeh in your local grocery store or health food store, give it a try; it has a nuttier flavour.

Preheat barbecue to high.
For dressing: Place all ingredients in a bowl, whisk together, and adjust seasoning to taste. Set aside.
For salad: Add asparagus, red pepper, yellow pepper, zucchini and red onion to medium-sized bowl.
Add 1 Tbsp (15 mL) olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and toss to coat.
Place vegetables in a grill basket and grill until vegetables begin to soften. (Or place vege­tables on grill across grates to ensure they don’t fall through.)
Cut tofu in half to make two flat pieces. Brush on all surfaces with remaining olive oil. Grill tofu until crispy on all sides. Slice width-wise into 1/2-cm strips and add to grilled vegetables.
Add dressing, cucumber and half of the cilantro, and gently toss together.
Place equal amounts of watercress on four plates. Top with equal amounts of salad.
Sprinkle with remaining cilantro leaves.

Serves four
Nutritional information 
Per serving: 159 cal­ories, 5 g protein, 9 g fat (1 g sat­urated fat), 18 g carbohydrates, 4 g fibre, 0 mg cholesterol, 207 mg sodium
Best Health Magazine, Summer 2010; Photo by Edward Pond

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