Simple Snap Pea and Radish Slaw

August 13, 2012

It really doesn’t get hot where I live until August.  I spend each summer quietly enjoying our temperate weather, often more chilly than some would like.   And so when we invite them to our house for dinner, we tell them to bring sweaters and then snicker about it because the idea of needing a sweater on a gorgeous 65 degree evening is funny.   The doors to our patio and several large windows  are open all the time to allow the fresh air in so it’s usually cool in our house — the way I like it.

The dog days have arrived as they always do, however, and this week we’ve had quite a bit of humidity with several days of heat.  Inland, temperatures at and over 100 degrees, and here, an uncomfortable range of temperatures in the high 80s.  If you live in the mid west, south, or on the east coast, I know what you’re thinking.  I know nothing of what you deal with every summer for extended periods of time — but I do.  I have been in Hawaii during the warmest time of year and tolerated the incredible humidity — barely.  We’ve been to Virginia in July when high temperatures and humidity were uncomfortable enough to make me vow I’d never venture there again in the summer.  Cape Cod was a lovely place to vacation — and although the humidity was much higher than what we’re used to, it did feel a bit like San Diego sans palm trees.  Palm Springs?  Check.  Las Vegas?  Numerous checks.  I’ve been to enough places in the dead of summer to know that my body was not cut out for excessive heat or humidity and the older I get, the more I notice my stiff knees, puffy joints, and an attitude a bit more edgy than it normally is.  I am grossly uncomfortable all of the time.

And so I live where I live for good reason — I only have to deal with it for a small part of the year.  I am quite thankful for that.

Preparing food in this weather is also uncomfortable.  Nothing sounds appetizing and a liquid diet of any kind sounds far better.  I drink tall glasses of ice water just to keep up with dehydration — something I seem to be just barely ahead of these days.

The hubster tells me to turn on the AC, but I resist.  I don’t want to use the energy.  I don’t want to pay for the use of that energy.

We should go to the beach.  We really should.  I can see the ocean out my bedroom window on a clear day, but we haven’t been down by the water for weeks.  Clearly, I am just in the mood to be contrary.

But there’s nothing contrary about this lovely simple snap pea and radish slaw.  It’s cool, crunchy, and perfect for a cranky person like me who just wants to stay cool and dry — a day to day challenge when you’re rocking middle age!

Go ahead.  Chastise me in the comments.  I deserve it.  But bear in mind that when you are neck deep in love with Fall and changing leaf color, we will still be trying to embrace the dog days of summer well into September.

Thank goodness for salad.

 

Simple Snap Pea and Radish Slaw
 
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Light, simple, and fresh, this salad packs quite a bit of flavor.
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Recipe type: Salad, Gluten-free
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 2 c. sugar snap peas
  • ½ c. grated radishes
  • ½ shallot, thinly sliced
  • 2 tsp. rice vinegar
  • ½ tsp. chili oil
  • ¼ tsp. sesame oil
  • ½ tsp. black sesame seeds
  • salt
Instructions
  1. Slice peas crosswise on the diagonal into small pieces.
  2. Toss in a bowl with the grated radishes and sliced shallots.
  3. Add the rice vinegar and oils, then lightly toss until the vegetables are lightly coated.
  4. Season with salt to your taste and plate.
  5. Sprinkle over the sesame seeds.

Recipe Notes

  • This recipe was lightly adapted from one published in the August 2012 of Cooking Light found here.  We enjoyed this simple snap pea and radish slaw with a spice rubbed pork tenderloin and a new recipe for green sriracha I discovered recently.  I’ll share that one soon!
  • I loved this easy slaw recipe.  I had a bit left over and so it went into the fridge overnight and the flavors were great the next day for my lunch.
  • Use some red onion if you don’t have the shallots.  It will taste just fine in the mix.
  • On grating those radishes — a definite knuckle scraping experience if you’re not careful!  Slicing them into thin rounds would actually be quite pretty instead of risking knuckle owies.
  • If you don’t have those totally glamorous black sesame seeds (my BFF brought them back from an Asia trip for me) then the white ones will be just fine.  But definitely add them because they add a different bit of flavor and crunch.
  • The chili oil gives the mix a slight bit of heat.  I was thinking that it’s pretty tasty, but will probably add some roasted red chilies to the slaw next time for even more heat.
  • Wouldn’t a bit of cilantro be nice in this salad?

 

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Ann P August 13, 2012

Yep, it’s certainly blazing in San Diego! We’ve turned the AC on for the past few days. I hate doing that, but it’s definitely necessary! I want to make some of this awesome slaw to beat the heat… It looks amazing; I love the black sesame seed contrast, Beautiful, healthy, and delicious :)

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kellypea August 14, 2012

Ann, I did suck it up and turn on the AC that afternoon. Seeing the bill is no fun afterwards.

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bellini August 13, 2012

It looks “perty” too:D

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kellypea August 14, 2012

Thanks, Val! That’s always a perk for me :)

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Abigail (aka Mamatouille) August 13, 2012

Whaddaya know? I have all the ingredients for this right now except the shallot. I keep black sesame seeds on hand because they’re pretty to sprinkle over stir fries (I get them at a local international market and a big bottle is pretty cheap). This sounds so refreshing!

It’s “hot” in Seattle right now, too, and this Florida girl has adapted so well that I think it’s scorching, too, if it gets in the 80s. But thank goodness there’s such low humidity.

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kellypea August 14, 2012

Don’t you just love it when you can put something together without going to the store? I have seen the black sesame seeds at the Asian market here and even Whole Foods. I love the way they look too :) I can imagine that it feels hot to you there — I med a Canadian girl here yesterday and she agreed it’s way too hot right now. Looking forward to a few days from now when we’re back to 72. I’m spoiled!

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Joanne August 13, 2012

Given how absurdly hot it’s been here, I really can’t chastise you at all for not wanting to cook! And I really do appreciate this slaw, especially given what a non-fan of mayo I am. That asian-infused dressing sounds delightful!

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kellypea August 14, 2012

Thanks Joanne :) I know you guys have been melting all summer there. I feel for you! And you’re so right about the mayo. I won’t go there.

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Carolyn Jung August 14, 2012

I can practically taste the crunch just by looking at those lovely photos. Snap peas are one of my fave spring-summer veggies.

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Stash August 30, 2012

Oh, that salad is just perfect.

Love the plating too. So Japanese.

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kellypea September 2, 2012

I love that plate and have fun messing around with it. The salad is great — one of the best I’ve had recently!

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