radish salad with roasted nuts

by 1 big bite on August 5, 2011

The weather had been hot in the heartlands since a couple of weeks (I know I am not telling you any news). On the contrary to good old Germany where rain and cool temperature let my family drink hot tea at night. I heard of a smart business idea to set up vending machines for umbrellas. It already started in some bigger cities and soon will be over 400 of them. And obviously there is a need for that in Germany.
I wish for rain several times a day but I still refrain from doing a rain dance in my backyard, just because it’s too hot for that, you know…
Every time I open the door to take my dog Lily for a walk it’s the same procedure: immediately my sunglasses are fogging up because of the high humidity, this air moisture transmogrify my suncream into a sticky mess and makes me feel, let’s just say uncomfortable, disregarding to the heat which hits me like someone slapped me into my face and takes my breath away. Is it just me or do you also have to thing about Berlin’s Top Gun song and oh I got Tom Cruise on his motorbike on my inner eye. I am loosing the point…
Most of the times we barely make it to the next corner which sounds shorter than it actually is. I can hear Lily’s claws scratching on the pavement behind me, it sounds like Freddy Krueger is slowly chasing me. By the time she is panting and her tongue is reaching a noticeable length, I concede and turn around. Every time on my way home I pass a sign, I think the house owners of the neighborhood must have set it up. There are the names and house numbers in two columns on top of that it says: dead end. And it looks like ‘dead’ is living in the first house and ‘end’ just across the street.
No it’s not fun being outside and I have to admit I am not a southern gal. Thanks to the heat I am not in the mood for good and solid food and eat more cookies than I should. But I am trying hart to resist and came up with some ground breaking salad variations.
Some time ago I had been in New York and found radish salad with nuts on a restaurants menu but didn’t tried it because it was winter, so radishes were not in season and I was craving for hot soup. But it seams to be just right for summer heat. The sugar gives the salad just a little bit of necessary sweetness without making it taste like candy and the roasted nuts are crunchy and work great with the sesame oil. I sprinkled the radishes with salt to reduce the heat, if you think you can handle it, you can skip with step.

radish salad with roasted nuts

I never tried it but I think peanuts would work great too.

500 g / 1lb. radishes
60 g / 4 tbsp. mixed nuts
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon roasted sesame oil
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1-2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon dijon or other mustard
parsley or cilantro for decoration (optional)

Wash, trim and grate the radishes, put them in a bowl and sprinkle with salt and sugar and mix well. Cover and put in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, overnight works too.

Heat your dry pan over medium high heat, add the nuts and stir frequently. Have an eye on them, nuts burn quickly. Remove from the pan as soon they are nicely browned and smell toasted and fragrant. Let cool before you chop them.

For the dressing mix lemon juice with mustard and then add sesame oil and olive oil, stir well.

Just before serving drain the liquid from the radish salad, add the nuts and the dressing and sprinkle with some chopped parsley. You can prepare all the components a day ahead, cover airtight and refrigerate the dressing and the radishes and resemble shortly before eating the salad.

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