Monday, May 3, 2010

Cashew Salad

You think cashews are good? Try cashews with fresh lime dressing and fresh herbs. You will love it!

Cashew salad is a common snack in Thai cuisine. Often tossed with simple dressing and fresh herbs, this can be a great accompaniment with a lighter meal at a party. Believe me, the guests would love it. This simple salad just with a glass of freshly squeezed lemonade would be a refreshing and filling snack for May days.

It's often misconceived that cashews are rich in fat. The fact being, they are, but on a good side. Cashew nuts are rich in mono-saturated fat, and these fat helps in burning the bad cholesterol. More info here. If you don't prefer roasting with oil, roast the nuts in the oven (of-course without oil) for more healthier version. 
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Adapted the recipe from the book Savoring soups and salads.

1/2 cup raw whole cashews
1tbsp finely chopped red onion
1 green(spring) onion, including the tender green top, thinly sliced
1 tbsp chopped cilantro or parsley
1 tbsp chopped mint
Salt and pepper to taste
For Dressing,
1 tbsp fresh lime juice
1/4 tsp sugar
1 tsp fish sauce or soy sauce
  
IMG_2373In a heavy wok, pour the oil and place over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the cashews and keep frying until golden brown.
 
Remove with a slotted spoon and transfer to a paper towel to drain the excess oil.

If you prefer, you can toast the cashews in oven preheated at 325F for 5-10 minutes.

Place the warm cashews in a bowl, add the onions, mint, parsley and toss well.

To make the dressing, in a small bowl, combine the lime juice, soy sauce and sugar and mix until the sugar dissolves. Pour the dressing over the salad and mix well.

Garnish with more Cilantro if preferred and serve immediately.

42 comments:

  1. I used to add few cashews whenever i prepare salads, this cashew salad looks fantastic and bet this salad more tastier than any sort of salads..

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  2. Wow!!!!!!!!!
    Looks rich and very tempting dear :-)
    Nice clicks.

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  3. luks great! very innovative salad...

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  4. Woow....this sala looks fantastic and delicious...

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  5. Wow Kalai a very nice and healthy snack indeed.Cashews with lime juice and onions looks like a chaat.I will try the oven version and let you know.

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  6. Who doesn't love cashews? I sure do and this looks like an awesome way to eat it!

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  7. Thats interesting,using cashews as a main ingredient for salad is really such a great idea, i love cashews so am sure i would love this one too...thanks for sharing kalai, very beautiful clicks as well

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  8. Kalai,

    Cashew salad looks awesome. I love cashews love to munch them always. I need to try this recipe.

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  9. Fried Cashews with Coffee will be on Menu for weekends. Making it as Salad is a Good Choice!

    Your Pics are Too Good Kalai!

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  10. That's so nifty !! Love cashews, and I'm sure this salad will be devoured in seconds

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  11. I just love your blog kalai... i even went to your other blog related to arts..Great to see your expertise :) and about this recipe...nicely done..Looks tempting and great recipe to impress any one :)

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  12. Wow.. I love this idea and it looks perfectly rich and yummy :)

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  13. This salad looks so delicious and so rich!

    Perfect for summer.

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  14. Awesome clicks. couldn't take my eyes out of it. cashews looks sooo tempting and delicious...

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  15. lovely yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmy and rich and crunchy salad.

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  16. Wow, what a rich n healthy salad, Looks incredibly tempting dear.

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  17. Wow that looks delicious .

    An award waiting for you.

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  18. love this salad.. never tried adding cashews to salad before!

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  19. Wow this is a great salad, the salad looks so good...love all the flavor combination :)

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  20. Hey ncie blog and good recipe too...salad itself is a good one..i liked it....

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  21. Wow!!! The salad looks so delicious... and lovely clicks too:)

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  22. Looks very rich and inviting...

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  23. cashews are sure are so healthy and this salad looks delicious.. what a wonderful idea!

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  24. Wowwww... interesting recipe.. looks soo tempting and spicy.. first time here.. wonderful blog!!

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  25. nice click...looks so healthy and yummy!!

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  26. This is interesting one...and looks awesome

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  27. Hi Kalali .
    I really like your blog and hence sharing an award with you. PLease collect it from my blog

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  28. I have tasted cashew-chicken salad, it was awesome and rich. This looks even more tempting. A must try one.

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  29. Dear kalai,

    this salad is really wow.. yummy da ..

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  30. Dear Kalai,
    How are you?Miss your recipes these days.Hope everything is fine at your end.I tried your cashew salad and it tasted very delicious.I posted it in my blog today under tried and tasted.Thank you for sharing this recipe.

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  31. Rich and innovative , well presented

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  33. Heavenly salad...loved your gorgeous clicks...:)
    Do drop in at my space, when you find time...!

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  34. Hey Kalai,

    Havent tried cashew salad...That looks smashing...:)

    Dr.Sameena@

    http://www.myeasytocookrecipes.blogspot.com/

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  35. Woah! That looks audaciously yummy!

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  36. Cashew Salad luks addictively inviting n Yummy!. Fabulous recipe Dear.

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