Does anybody else go through hardcore Gordon Ramsay phases? I've always been a huge fan of his approach to food, which is all about short ingredient lists and fresh flavors. Also, a remarkable proportion of his dishes are paleo-friendly.
Anyway, I just remembered why he's awesome, so the next few posts are probably gonna be at least Ramsay inspired, if not all Ramsay. This one is straight from The F Word, and it's a perfect summer salad. It's light, and all the constituents balance each other really nicely.
Asian Summer Salad
-2 cucumbers, peeled
-2 carrots, peeled
-1 fresh jalapeno
-2-3 tsp toasted sesame oil
-2-3 tsp rice wine vinegar
-1-1.5 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
-Sea salt to taste
-Using a vegetable peeler or mandolin slicer, slice cucumbers and carrots lengthwise into thin strips (my cucumber slices were too wide for my aesthetic sensibilities, so I halved the slices lengthwise). Use the peeler/mandolin to cut the jalapeno into thin rings. Put all veggies into a bowl, and add oil, vinegar, cilantro, and grind sea salt over top. Gently mix together all ingredients with your hands, and plate.
I just had this with some leftover brats (classy), but I think it would go really nicely with baked chicken or pork chops.