|Gado-gado salad in sweet potato|
Given my enjoyment of the show, it was great to see a recipe featured recently (recently in our viewing, not necessarily in when it was aired!) that was vegan friendly and appealed to me and Mr Bite. Gado-gado is an Indonesia salad that translates as "mix-mix". It is traditionally made with a variety of raw and cooked vegetables in a peanut satay dressing, and topped with boiled potatoes, tofu and hard boiled eggs. Obviously eggs aren't vegan, but the rest of it is.
We watched Jamie make his version of the salad and I made a mental note to look up the recipe. Then, the Thursday before we went to Conwy, I was lacking dinner ideas and decided to give gado-gado a try. The whimsical nature of my decision means my salad is a simplified version of Jamie's and doesn't include any cooked ingredients. We served the salad in wraps on the first night, and I took some to work and then finished it off in a sweet potato the following day. It was really good.
It is a mystery to me that Mr Bite doesn't like peanut butter (and by that I mean he actively dislikes peanut butter) but he does like satay sauce. However, I am very glad for the quirk that makes that possible. In a similar scenario, I usually dislike raw salad onion but I liked it when smothered in satay sauce. All in all, I think it's fair to say that we both liked everything about this salad. Next time around I will try adding some bean sprouts, cooked grean beans and the tofu and potatoes too.
An Indonesian satay salad
Inspired by Jamie Oliver's gado-gado recipe
For the sauce
1 clove garlic
120g (1/2 cup) peanut butter
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp sweet chilli sauce
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp lemon juice (or lime juice)
1 tbsp water
For the salad
1 small red cabbage, sliced
1/2 red onion, sliced
2 carrots, thinly sliced
2 coloured peppers, thinly sliced
Small bunch of radishes, thinly sliced
Steamed green beans, potatoes and tofu, optional and to taste (I skipped these in my impromptu version)
To make the sauce, combine all sauce ingredients in a small blender and process until smooth. Pour the sauce around a large salad bowl, distributing it evenly around the sides.
Add the sliced raw vegetables to your salad bowl and stir to coat in the sauce. Top with any cooked vegetables or tofu, and serve.
Have you made any TV show recipes lately?