Thai style summer berry bowl

I love this Thai take on fruit salad because it delivers all the juicy goodness of fresh berries and delivers it with a twist of salt and lemongrass. I can’t help but drink the juice left in the bottom.

Adapted from “Eating on the Wild Side” by Jo Robinson.

Time: 30 minutes

Serves: 4

Ingredients

5 cups berries or cubed fruit in season
3 tablespoons coconut sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2-3 tablespoons fresh-squeezed lime juice
1 tablespoon finely chopped lemongrass
2/3 cup chopped fresh mint (or 2 tablespoons dried mint)
Grated zest of 2 limes
Optional: fresh whipped cream

Directions

Place the fruit in a medium bowl. Combine sugar, salt, and lime juice into a small bowl; and whisk until the sugar dissolves. Pour over the fruit and toss until coated. Let stand for 30 minutes. Osmosis will draw out the sugars in the fruit into the juice. Before serving, add the lemongrass, mint and zest. Best when eaten the same day.

Thai Style Corn and Cucumber Salad

On warm summer days, this cooling vegetable salad makes a refreshing meal. You can make this salad with raw corn instead of toasting it, or skip the corn if it’s not in yet and substitute whatever is sweet and satisfying, perhaps soy beans or mung beans. You can also use summer squash instead of the cucumber. If the tomatoes aren’t in yet, use sweet peppers instead.

Ingredients

  • 2 large tomatoes
  • 2 ears of corn, kerneled
  • 1/2 pound green beans
  • 1 cucumber, sliced
  • 1/2 cup sliced onions
  • 1/2 cup peanuts (allergy: substitute chick peas)
  • 1 cup cilantro, thai basil and/or mint, chopped
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 1 teaspoon Thai fish sauce (vegan: substitute tamari or miso)
  • pinch cayenne pepper or chili flakes

Directions

Dice 2 large tomatoes. Put the tomatoes and their juices in a bowl and sprinkle with salt.

Slice onion paper thin to make 1/2 C. Place in a bowl and toss with the juice of 1 lime and 1 t. Thai fish sauce. Sprinkle with a pinch of cayenne pepper.

Cut the kernels off 2 ears of corn. Heat a cast iron skillet, add 1/2 t. canola oil, and cook the corn until it is lightly browned.

Boil water and salt it lightly. Trim 1/2 lb. of green beans and cut into 2 inch pieces. Drop into the water and cook for 2-3 minutes, then drain and rinse with cold water. Allow to dry.

Thinly slice 1 cucumber on an angle. Try to make the slices as long as possible. Cut the slices in half widthwise.

Toss all the vegetables with the tomatoes. Allow to sit for at least 10 minutes, tossing again.

Toast 1/2 C. or more of peanuts. Chop fresh cilantro, basil or mint to make 1 C. Just before serving, toss both with the salad. Taste and add more fish sauce or lime juice to taste.