Sunday, April 17, 2011

Colorful Sesame Lime Slaw


We have a snail problem.

I know this for two reasons. First, on mornings after the lawn is watered or when it rains, our front walk is covered in them. And second, they've been eating my basil.

And the mites apparently love my mint.

My cilantro, however, is faring well, and is one of the stars of my Sesame Lime Slaw.

As many of you know, I find the idea of mayonnaise absolutely horrifying, which means that your typical coleslaw is out. But even if I did eat mayo, coleslaw is one of the least visually appealing side dishes out there. It wouldn't get anywhere near my plate.

My goal was to create a visually appealing, palate pleasing slaw that is perfect for the impending warmth of spring and summer. Something picnic-worthy. It needed to be (and remain) crunchy, have a hint of spice, and taste fresh.

I think I won the slaw challenge.

And I also think that I'll win the snail challenge.

In addition to purchasing some organic mite-killing spray this weekend (I so do not want dead neighborhood cats in my yard), I picked up copper wiring. It turns out that while no one sells organic snail bait, snails don't like copper.

I'll keep you updated on how my wire-wrapped pots are faring, but if you have any other snail-repelling suggestions for potted plants, please let me know.



Sesame Lime Slaw
Makes 2 servings

1 cup julienned kohlrabi
1/3 cup julienned carrot
1/2 cup julienned cucumber
2 radishes, julienned
2 Tbsp. freshly chopped cilantro

2 tsp sesame oil
juice of 1 lime
1 tsp. freshly grated ginger

kosher salt
freshly ground pepper

sesame seeds

Whisk together sesame oil, lime juice and ginger and toss with julienned vegetables. Salt and pepper to taste and sprinkle with sesame seeds.



32 comments:

Stacey Rider said...

This looks great - I have several family members who can't stand mayo or mayo driven slaws and this is perfect. Have to try it!

*kimmie* said...

I love sesame slaws - have yet to incorporate lime, but it sounds like a fabulous idea. Your next challenge is to come up with a mayo free chicken salad. I've had a delicious one with dill (I think you don't like dill?) and banana peppers but have yet to successfully recreate it.

Thank you for not killing the neighborhood cats. As for the mites and snails, kill away.

Tiffany said...

I like your recipe, we love cucumber in salads, great photographs!

All That's Left Are The Crumbs said...

Such a beautiful Asian-inspired slaw. The photo is just gorgeous too. Good luck with the slug and mite battle, remember where there's a will there's a way!

Angie's Recipes said...

Very refreshing, crunchy and healthy! A nice combination.

Lizzy said...

Gorgeous!! The addition of the radishes is genius...the colors of all the veggies makes this slaw shine :)

MarmandeintheKitchen said...

I love that this has kohlrabi in it, because I always end up with some at some point during the summer and never know what to do with it. Looks delicious!

Isabelle said...

I'm not a big fan of mayo in my slaw either, so I totally know where you're coming from. Love that you've gone with such an interesting blend of veggies, and especially that you've used radishes... such an underappreciated vegetable, IMO.

Wilde in the Kitchen said...

Eww, snails are totally gross! I hope the copper does the trick! Glad your cilantro is doing well, because this slaw looks perfect.

Anna's Table said...

I've often been tempted to buy kohlrabi, but never knew what to do with it. Glad you shared your recipe. The sesame lime slaw sounds and looks so refreshing.

kita said...

Love this colorful slaw. It sounds so tasty.

My BF's mom uses 'pot sitters' to keep the snails out of her plants. They are these concrete thingies *yeah, great description* that raise the pot just a bit. She swears they keep snails at bay. (just in care the wire wrap doesn't work)

Sandra said...

Mayo can be so heavy and the nonfat stuff is horrid. Live your slaw recipe waaay better than the traditional. Great picture also.

The Cilantropist said...

I just adore all these beautiful colors and especially the flavor of the dressing. soooo much better than sticky, gooey regular slaw, and an awesome way to use unique veggies. LOVE LOVE the second photo, well done!

foodblogandthedog said...

Beautiful, fresh & funky slaw that I have to try. I can't resist the colours!! :D

The Mistress of Spices said...

This sounds great and looks gorgeous...perfect for spring and all those picnics, like you say. I wonder if I can find kohlrabi here in France...will have to check! Thanks for the great recipe!

Junia said...

this looks fresh and delicious!!! :D

Charlie said...

Slaw looks wonderful!
I too am not fond of mayo.


I've been told several times over, that if you put a small basin with a bottle or two of beer in it, that your snails will drink until they die.

Peggy said...

I'm in the same boat you are - I despise mayo. There's very few dishes that I can stand it in.

This is my kind of slaw! So bright, colorful, and I'm sure, absolutely delicious!

alyce said...

I love these flavors! Looks de-lish.

jodi said...

This looks really, really good. I'm a big fan of slaw and am always finding news ways to tweak it. I currently am loving it with curry. I'll definitely give yours a try!

Lauren@LittleYellowKitchen said...

I despise mayo as well but adooore cilantro. This looks so fantastically colorful and healthy! Different flavors, but I just posted something that looks very similar to this. It must be Spring!

She's Cookin' said...

We have a snail problem, too. May have to pick up some copper tubing - although copper is really expensive isn't it? Love how fresh, healthy, and colorful your slaw is! I have a ton of cabbage from my CSA, I think this is a tasty solution. Congrats on the Top 9!

Kath (My Funny Little Life) said...

This looks totally wonderful! I love dishes like that - so fresh and simple! :D

sensiblecooking said...

Very refreshing and screaming spring. Love the idea of minus the mayo and cilantro from your garden even better.

starvingkitten.com said...

Very nice! Beautiful colors and vibrant pictures. We made a somewhat similar Asian inspired slaw http://starvingkitten.com/2010/04/14/spicy-cilantro-and-green-onion-crab-cakes-asian-style-slaw/

Monet said...

What a colorful and flavorful slaw. This looks so good. And I'm feeling your pain (I've lost two basil plants this year!) Thank you for sharing your colorful treat tonight. I hope that the end of your week is full of peace and joy. Your words make me smile, week after week!

RJ Flamingo said...

I am non-discriminatory when it comes to slaws: I love mayo, Miracle Whip, Oxford Falls Comeback Sauce - all of which make fabulous slaws of different types. I also love fresh, acidic slaws like yours - vibrant, fresh, crunchy. This is beautiful, and as long as you don't make me put fennel in it (that's my *yuck*!), I'm good. :-)

If the copper wire doesn't work, try getting some diatomaceous earth & sprinkle it around the pots & plants. Snails & slugs hate it because it feels like broken glass to them, but it's harmless to everyone else. In fact many people who keep chickens give it to their birds.

Michael Pearce said...

This seems like it would be really fresh tasting and useful way to not waste farmers market purchases. Jamie Oliver fan by chance? Your recipes seem simple and true to their ingredients.

Maureen said...

This salad looks so fresh, crunchy and inviting.

Hope the slug issue is resolved. They're probably wonderful creatures but they give me the spooks.

hmariek said...

I just LOVE this recipe!! It would pair wonderfully with anything BBQ this summer! Following!

http://www.passthecayennepepper.com/

Nastassia said...

this slaw looks so delicious and refreshing! perfect for the warm weather, i can't wait to make it.

emskclub said...

I brought home radishes, cucumbers and kohlrabi from the farmer's market last weekend and this was a perfect way to use all of them in one dish. So tasty. I used peanut oil in place of the sesame oil (which I didn't have on hand); different flavor profile, but still good!

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