This Asian Pear Slaw is a little crunchy, a little sweet, and a little spicy! It pairs well with any Thai or Asian dish. Vegan and Paleo.
This Asian Pear Slaw isn’t remotely Italian, as I mentioned in my last post. With a couple of Asian pears in the fridge and plans to make spicy Thai Crab Cakes, I thought an Asian-style salad would be a perfect accompaniment.
Well, the Thai Crab Cakes totally fell apart and ended up as Thai Crab Cake Mush. The mush was tasty, but certainly not photogenic. That recipe needs some more tweaking before it deserves a place on this blog, where I test all my recipes at least twice and usually more before posting them. Thankfully, I have a cooperative and grateful husband who offers honest critiques of my cooking. For example, the first time I made this slaw, he thought it was much too pungent, so I reduced the amount of lime and ginger to allow the sweetness of the pears to shine through.
Asian pears, also known as Apple Pears, Chinese Pears or Korean Pears, are sweet and crisp. Their skins are sometimes a little tough, so I peeled them to make this simple tasty slaw. They’re available as imported fruit in stores now, but they also grow locally later in the year, and if you’re lucky to have a friend with a tree, beg a few. They’re absolutely delicious.
Use a julienne tool if you have one. If not, you could grate the Asian pear and the celery or cut them with a sharp knife into fine match sticks. Whisk together the ginger, lime juice and rice vinegar and toss with the remaining ingredients. If you don’t like cilantro, you could substitute fresh parsley. Very simple. Very good.
Try this simple Asian Pear Slaw with any of these dishes
P.S. I’ve perfected those Thai Crab Cakes since I first posted this recipe. Here’s the recipe:
- 2 large stalks celery, julienned
- 2 large (3-inch diameter) Asian pears, peeled and julienned, (also called apple pears)
- 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves
- 2 green onions, thinly sliced, (scallions)
- 1/2 inch knob of fresh ginger, finely grated
- 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
- 2 tbsp rice vinegar
- 1/4 tsp finely chopped Thai red pepper (optional)
- Whisk together the ginger, lime juice and rice vinegar, then toss with the remaining ingredients. Let stand for a few minutes before serving.
Tools I used to make this Asian Pear Slaw:
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