June 26, 2012

The Feeding Post - Szechuan Beef Lettuce Wraps with Daikon Slaw and Soy-Lime Dressing

The Feeding Post
{Formerly Foodie Friday}

Szechuan Beef Lettuce Wraps with Daikon Slaw and Soy-Lime Dressing
week 7


Greetings my patient readers and sorry for the delay on this weeks article.  Week 7 of 8 has brought us a salad that is not only low fat and extremely healthy but it is also made to eat it with your hands! 

This dish was inspired by a menu item from that  Chinese chain restaurant that is in most metropolitan area malls.  It is quick, easy and packs a ton of flavor with minimal effort and ingredients. 

So lets get to it and make this refreshing hand-salad.  Here is the shopping list...

-3/4 lb. stir fry beef (marinated with 2 tablespoons soy-lime dressing)
-1 head iceberg lettuce (cored and quartered)
-1 medium carrot (peeled and julienned on mandolin)
-1/2 lb. daikon radish (peeled & julienned on mandolin)
-2 ribs of celery (thinly shaved with a knife)
-2 green onions (cut into thin discs)
-1/4 cup picked cilantro
-1-11oz. can mandarin oranges (drained)
-1/2 cup chow mein noodles
-1 recipe Soy-Lime Dressing
I started by making the dressing and marinating my meat.  Then for the daikon slaw, I mixed the prepped radish, carrot, celery, cilantro and onion into a medium mixing bowl and placed in the fridge.

While my meat continued to marinate, I made a buffet of all the ingredients at the kitchen table so that everyone could take ownership of their own lettuce wraps. 

Once the buffet was set, I cooked the beef in a scorching hot skillet using about 1 tablespoon of canola oil.  I let the meat sit on the blistering surface for about 45 seconds until stirring. 

I then finished cooking the meat and transferred it to a serving dish and placed it with the rest of the ingredients on the buffet line.
This whole recipe took about 30 minutes to complete and was just as tasty as it looks.  Is this a salad?  That is completely in the eye of the beholder; but on my scorecard, this IS a salad in the fact that the cold ingredients not only outweigh the hot ingredient, the iceberg acts as a edible shovel that will
definitely be going to the party in your tummy!  If you don't think this is a salad, just chop up the lettuce and mix it in the bowl with the rest of the ingredients. 

Enjoy and I'll see you next time!

James Wood
cookinwood@gmail.com www.thefeedingpost.com