Whenever I am creating a new recipe, I think of what I do and don't want it to be. For example, I was invited to my friend Tricia's for a "Simply Asia" product tasting party. It was to be a lunch at the lake and then boating afterwards. The guests were to bring a dish that would compliment Thai food.
Thai Food...hmm. I knew that I didn't want the dish to have peanuts in it, because that would compete with the peanut-flavored sauces. I also didn't want to make a spicy dish, because I imagined my dish being a welcome relief from all of the spice spice spice. What did I want it to be? Cold and refreshing.
I made up a fresh apple slaw and it was a hit! So much so that they ate every last bit and I brought home an empty bowl. You can see it on the plate at the 12 o'clock position. I am going to give you general measurements here - you will really want to mix it to your taste.
Anne's Asian Apple Slaw
Shred 1 Fuji apple with a handheld julienne shredder or my favorite, this Borner Julienne
Shred 2 green zucchini
Shred 1 yellow squash
Grate some fresh ginger onto the slaw
Mix 3 Tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar, 2 Tablespoons of Dijon mustard, a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, and a splash of bottled ginger juice. Mix and toss with shredded apple and vegetables.
When we arrived, I sprinkled some candied ginger pieces on top. Voila! A cold, fresh and delicious Asian salad that was everything I wanted it to be and nothing that I didn't. Sometimes a recipe pro/con list is just what you need!