Pickled Romaine lettuce salad

Pickled Romaine lettuce salad

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  • 4 to 6
  • Easy
  • Dairy free Fat conscious
  • 15 minutes
  • 5 minutes
  • Woolworths Villiera Carte Blanche


  • For the pickle:
  • 1 x 2 cm piece ginger
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 Woolworths Serenade chillies, seeded
  • 1 t palm sugar
  • 1 T sesame oil
  • 1 T fish sauce
  • 3 T rice vinegar
  • 2 T soya sauce
  • For the togarashi sprinkle:
  • 2 T red chilli flakes
  • 2 T white sesame seeds
  • 2 T black sesame seeds
  • 1 t Szechuan peppercorns
  • 1 t ground ginger
  • ½ t poppy seeds
  • ½ sheet nori, toasted
  • 1 orange, zested
  • 1 T sesame seeds, toasted
  • 2 Woolworths Romaine lettuce hearts, rinsed
  • 5 g fresh mint
  • 150 g rice vermicelli, cooked

Cooking Instructions

1. To make the pickle, blend the ginger, garlic, chillies, palm sugar and sesame oil in a blender until a chunky paste forms. Add the remaining ingredients and chill for 10 minutes.

2. To make the togarashi spice, blend all the ingredients together until a fine powder is formed. Remove 2 T of the spice and combine it with the toasted sesame seeds.

3. Tear the lettuce into large chunks and toss with the pickle, then allow to stand for 3–5 minutes.

4. Serve the noodles topped with the lettuce, garnished with mint and togarashi sprinkle. Pour any leftover pickle over the noodles before serving.

Cook's note: This simple, delicious dish works as a side with everything from the crispy pork to steamed or grilled fish. The togarashi spice can be kept in an airtight container for up to two months in the freezer or one month in the fridge.

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Photographs: Myburgh Du Plessis
Food assistant: Gail Damon

Bianca Strydom Recipe by: Bianca Strydom
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Prue Leith-trained chef Bianca Strydom cut her teeth working in some of the country's top fine dining restaurants – including former Eat Out number one restaurants The Restaurant at Waterkloof and La Colombe – before joining TASTE in 2018. Her favourite recipes to develop? Boujee breakfast recipes. Follow her on Instagram @biancast__.

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