My whole house filled with the smell of roasted coconut when I made this salad. I closed my eyes and imagined I was smelling tanning lotion at a Pesach hotel instead of cooking in Chicago. A girl can dream, right?
I’ve been making Pesach since I was newly married, only months after I learned to cook noodles and eggs. I know ladies in their 80s who have yet to conquer one. To anyone who is making their first–here’s all you need to know: prepare lots of fresh salads, vegetable dishes, quinoa and sides of meat.
Give it a try one year; it’s not so hard. And I’ll take your place in the sun at the Pesach hotel.
THAI CABBAGE SLAW
4 cups of shredded purple and green cabbage (I like savoy)
1/4 cup roughly chopped scallions
1/4 cup roughly chopped raw almonds
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
Asian dressing (see below)
Set a pan over a medium flame and add the almonds and coconut flakes together. Roast them in the dry pan and shake every few minutes until lightly brown (about 8 minutes). Shred and wash the cabbage and let it dry. Add the dressing (below) and scallions and almond mixture on top.
2T almond butter
1/4 cup olive oil
1T soy sauce (on Pesach, substitute 1t salt)
juice of 2 limes
1t honey or maple syrup
1 clove garlic
1/4 jalapeno pepper
Blend all the ingredients in a food processor.