I'm a huge fan of Australian celebrity chef Donna Hay, so when Pam recently featured this recipe, from Donna Hay's magazine on her terrific blog "Sidewalk Shoes", I KNEW I wanted to make it right away.
What more could you want in a main course salad? It goes together quickly, is light yet filling and is delicious!
Pam substituted ground beef for the minced chicken; I used ground turkey but I would consider substituting lean ground pork, or even prawns or shrimp as well.
The method is really simple; I prep the cucumbers and red onion using a mandolin, then set them aside. Then brown the meat of choice until done, add some crushed garlic and chili (as much or as little as you like), cook for a minute; add the fish sauce*, lime juice and sugar. then toss with the cucumber & red onion slices, along with the mint leaves.
* If you don't care for fish sauce, you could substitute oyster sauce or soy sauce (I would dilute the soy with a little water to avoid excessive sodium.)
I'll definitely be making this one regularly, and I'd like to give a big thank you to Pam for discovering the recipe and sharing it.
If you like Asian-style food, I think you may love this as much as we did.
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