Bean Sprout Salad with The Orgasmic Chef

 I have to admit I’m a little sad today,  if things had worked out the way I had hoped, I’d be sitting at the airport right now, getting ready to board a plane for San Francisco and the Foodbuzz Festival….sigh    But the sad fact is that everything changes and not always for the better.   I wish all my friends attending the festival a wonderful time this weekend, I know the best part of the weekend will be enjoying each other’s company.

But as one door closes, another door opens.  I’ve been talking a lot about rebuilding our community on Google+,  and  and I’ll posting more later on this subject, so stay tuned!

But today my friends, is my happy day, it’s Guest Post Friday!!  Woo Hoo!!   And today I have a very special guest and a dear friend, Maureen  The Orgasmic Chef!    Not only is Maureen and amazing food blogger tempting you with her creations, but she’s also quite the food stylist and food photographer.   But that my friends is just the tip of the iceberg.

For those of you on WordPress, you may be using her recipe plugin, EasyRecipe Plus, and not even know you have her to thank for it!  The Main page of EasyRecipe Plus, states “Absolutely the best WordPress recipe plugin”  and my friends that’s not boasting, that’s an accurate statement!   I’ve been using EasyRecipe since I first transitioned to WordPress over a year ago, and I would be lost without it.   The changes that were made recently to the program have added even more functionality to the program while keeping it extremely user friendly!  Thanks Maureen for making my life easier!

So without further ado, let’s get on with the show, as I turn my blog over to Maureen-

The Orgasmic Chef

Bean Sprout Salad

I’m Maureen from Orgasmicchef.com and I’m so pleased to finally show up on Chef Dennis’ blog. I know, I know, you probably think I’m shallow but I’ve seen so many wonderful bloggers posting here and thought, “maybe one day he’ll invite me.” Well folks, that day has come and I couldn’t be happier about it!

I’ve followed Dennis for quite a while and have watched him support one food writer after another with encouraging comments, friendly advice to make their blogs better and sometimes just tips and tricks in the kitchen. How he has time to do this and have a full-time job, a very popular blog, do social media, the Chef’s Hangout and have a life, I don’t know. I’m just pleased he can do it.

Bean Sprout Salad

It’s nearly summer here in Australia and I live in the north so that makes it warmer for us than those down in Melbourne or even Sydney. If you’re in the states you go south to get warm but we’re upside down so we go north to get away from the winter cold.

I’ll admit that being from Maine, I struggle during this time of year.
My brain expects that October should start to be chilly and dark at dinner time and I think I should be making everything with pumpkin in it. When I open my eyes and look out my window at the sunshine, all that changes.

When summer comes, all I want to eat are salads. I crave fresh salad veggies and a tangy dressing and I don’t want the same salad day after day. I was at a restaurant not too long ago and they served the simplest salad but we all loved it and I’ll share my version of that with you today. I believe the basics come from a Korean bean sprout salad but I didn’t cook anything.

Bean Sprout Salad

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Bean Sprout Salad
 
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This is one of the simplest and quickest salads I've ever made and everyone loved it!
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Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: Korean with an Australian Flair
Serves: 2
Ingredients
Salad
  • 2 cups fresh bean sprouts
  • ⅓ cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes sliced in two
  • ½ green capsicum/pepper chopped small
  • ½ cup chopped Italian parsley
  • ¼ cup torn mint leaves
  • ¼ cup peanuts (or any other nut you like)
  • few pieces of broccoli (which I used just because I had it in the fridge.)
Dressing - I always double this and keep it in the fridge for 2-3 days
  • 3 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 6 tbsp lime juice (180 ml)
  • 3 tbsp fish sauce
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp grated fresh ginger
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 Hot red chilli seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 large cloves of garlic finely grated
  • 4 tbsp sugar
Instructions
Dressing
  1. Prepare the dressing first so the flavors have a chance to develop while you prepare the salad.
Salad
  1. Add all the salad ingredients to a bowl and mix well.
  2. You can combine all the ingredients ahead of time and keep in the refrigerator and add dressing just before serving.

 

Now that is one delicious salad and those images are gorgeous!  Now before you forget head on over to The Orgasmic Chef and say hello to Maureen!  And while you’re there don’t forget to click on the tab for EasyRecipe Plus.  If you’re not already using her plugin, take a look at it, I know you’ll be happy you did!

Have a great weekend my friends!

Comments

  1. Thanks heaps for having me, Dennis. I’ve looked forward to seeing my name here :) You’re one of the kindest, most talented food writers I’ve met. You’re someone I’d want to live next door to.

    • Thank you Maureen, the feeling is mutual! Please feel free to leave responses to any of the comments left for you!
      Have a happy weekend!

  2. Awww…the FoodBuzz stuff is indeed very sad. It’s amazing how quickly things can change. I guess that’s life though…enjoy things while you can because you don’t know what the future holds! I couldn’t get into the google hangout yesterday (so packed!) but I’m so glad it’s on Youtube so I can go back and watch. Thanks for all that you do Chef Dennis!

  3. That salad looks so good! Having a really delicious salad during my day makes me feel really good. I don’t think I’ve ever had a salad with mint before but I’m excited to try. Nuts and vegetables and a yummy dressing sounds like the perfect meal to me. Happy Friday! Have a great weekend :)

  4. Maureen, how awesome that you’re here for Guest Post Friday, yay! Your salad looks so fresh and perfect for any time of year, especially here in California. Love the sound of the dressing and your idea to make extra. My husband and I would really enjoy this.

    Dennis, so glad you have Maureen over today. :)

  5. Lovely fresh dish!

  6. I had no idea you created EasyRecipe, Maureen! How wonderful and what a delicious salad!

  7. What a great salad with lots of flavors and crunch! Love it!

  8. I love the salad, but then I love ALL your creations Maureen. This is the perfect guest post combo….Maureen and Chef Dennis.

  9. Awwwwwwww Maureen!!! She’s one of the nicest persons I’ve “known” through blogging! I installed EasyRecipe Plus a few days ago and LOVE it! I highly recommend it! :-)

    This salad looks so refreshing! It’s hot here too Maureen! And just like you, I am used to think of October as “autumn”, dark and cold! I’ll never get used to these reversed seasons!

    Great guest post Chef Dennis! :-)

  10. An absolutely perfect summer salad – I love the dressing ingredients and this would be a great way for me to eat more of bean sprouts (which I love, but mostly have in stir fries).

  11. Maureen, I was just up in your ol’ neck of the woods enjoying New England’s scenery, but the weather was brisk. (Took two days to warm up once I got home, ha!) Looks like you’ve acclimated beautifully to your surroundings with this fresh, tasty salad. Very nice guest post!

  12. Dear Maureen,

    The combination of fish sauce, lemon juice and sugar in a dressing is one sure way to get the drooling started and your bean sprout salad looks as fresh as they come with those vibrant colours. Bring on summer and and chilled bottle of white please!

  13. Maureen always has something wonderful. I love the ingredients for the salad dressing – it sounds like you could use this on a zillion different salads. Nice to meet you Chef Dennis!

  14. Love that top photo! And love this salad too – so fresh and crisp. Great texture, great crunch, great flavor. And a great guest post. I guess you can tell I think it’s pretty great, huh? ;-) Thanks for this.

  15. i love the photo, it looks so crisp and inviting, as I am a Sunny Coaster as well I am looking forward to summer and lots of salads. This one sounds so tasty and healthy I can’t wait to try it, a nice summer evening meal with a glass of chardy,mmm sounds delicious, thanks Maureen

  16. I love crunchy salads like these Maureen! I totally crave them in the hot weather-and you guys have it much hotter than we do! :)

  17. I have really been looking forward to some nice light salads for summer – love the sound of the dressing too :)

  18. This sounds very similar to a Thai salad I love – Papaya Salad. I like this though because the bean sprouts are much easier to find in this dressing sounds yummy. I will make this soon and just pinned it.

  19. I love the flavors and crunch in this salad – so nice to see you here Maureen!

  20. I’ve been using EasyRecipe quite a while know and I’m very happy with it. I I love this salad. It looks fantastic.

  21. I recently started using EasyRecipe (Plus- I like to contribute, supporting those who work hard to make our lives easier) and love it! Nice to meet the lady behind the app.

    What I especially like about your sprout salad is doubling it to make extra for a subsequent meal or two. And the Asian twist- seem to be on a roll with that lately. Thanks for a refreshing salad ;-)

  22. Hi Chef Denis! I hope you had a wonderful weekend in San Francisco. Thanks for having my favorite blogger friend Maureen here today. This is a great bean sprout salad! I love the texture of bean sprout and it’s quite addicting once you start eating. And your lime and fish sauce dressing sounds excellent over the bean sprout!

  23. Wohoo, I am so excited that you invited Maureen over Chef! Maureen is such a great food blogger and friend as well, I have been looking up to her since I started blogging (as I am looking up to you chef!). I actually thought you had invited her much earlier for a guestpost, so I was suprised to read it earlier on her blog that she wrote you a guestpost. Chef Dennis and Maureen, you two have been so very friendly to me and welcomed me so warmly into the food community, without you 2, the food blogging world would be empty!

    Maureen your salad sounds super inviting right now, I am melting away in the October heat and I realized that my appetite just halved in the last days with the heat pressure. So I have to over think our food choice, before I stop eating completely. O.O Love the refreshing salad and I am looking forward to try it out in the coming days!

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