Although I had a completely different topic in mind today, the raw weather today in Toronto has me dreaming about eating outside.
Whether it’s a BBQ enjoyed on a deck with friends, picking up bread & cheese at a local market and heading to the lakefront or slurping a drippy ice cream cone on a hot summer night, nothing seems to celebrate the summer season more than eating outdoors, especially for those of us in Canada.
When we were in Bali last month, we sat under umbrellas at one of the most fabulous beaches I’ve ever visited and feasted on a salad that our host, Peter, made in advance and brought…I have been waiting since then for the right weather to make it…looks like I will have to wait a bit longer…
Peter’s Balinese Beach Salad
Peel, separate & chop up a pommelo (can also use green papaya, green mango or pink grapefruit). Combine with one thinly sliced sweet red pepper, about one cup of finely chopped fresh pineapple, 1/2 thinly sliced red onion (can use spring onions), 1 handful of coarsely chopped mint, 1 handful of coarsely chopped coriander, 1 small red chili (chopped with seeds included). Dressing: 3 tbs of sugar dissolved in warm water, juice of 2 limes, fish sauce and sambal olek. Mix together and enjoy!
This is one of those recipes you can play with – add what you want, toss some chopped peanuts or cashews on top if you wish, etc. Refreshing and totally tastes of summer!
BTW, here’s a picture of Pandewa Beach at the southern tip of Bali…in my many al fresco experiences, this view will be hard to beat!
I’m interested to see how my version of this evolves….and let me know what you do with the recipe!