Raw Vegetables With Fruit and Herbs Dressing: A Spicy Cambodian Khmer Salad Recipe

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Cook Time

  • Prep time: 45 min
  • Ready in: 45 min
  • Yields: Serves 2 or more depending on amount of ingredient

This dish is very popular in Cambodia and Southeast Asia.

It can be eaten alone as a snack or salad, or can be used as a side dish to accompany a larger meal, particularly with Roasted or Grilled Meat.

This Recipe combines Raw Vegetables and Fruit with a selection of Fine Herbs and Spices. It is also a healthy dish because of the Ingredients used.

The table below offers some of the most commonly used ingredients but other Vegetables such as Celery, Red and Green Bell Peppers, Green Onions (Scallions), Chicory, Fresh Coriander Leaves (Cilantro) and Mint can be mixed and matched to your desire.

You will have to determine how much of each ingredient and which ingredients to use in relation to the number of people you are preparing for.

This is a mix-and-match recipe; you can use what you like! Think as if you were making a regular Garden Salad and apply what you normally would for such a salad.

Your are the chef! Get creative!

Let's look at the Ingredients:

Ingredients

  • *use enough for the amount of people being served: Fresh Lettuce Leaves, Rinse and Slice (finely chopped cabbage can be used as substitute)
  • Bitter Khmer Leaves, Blanched, Chilled and Sliced (Sorrel Leves can be used as substitute)
  • Thai Basil Leaves
  • Coriander (Cilantro) Leaves, (Sawtooth Herb can be used as substitute)
  • Fresh Cucumbers, Sliced
  • Fresh Green Beans, Trim off tips
  • Slender Asian Eggplants, Peel and Slice
  • Green (Unripened) Tomatoes, Quartered
  • Jicama (Bangkuang), Peel and Slice
  • Green (Unripened) Papaya, Peel and Slice
  • Green (Unripened) Mangoes, Peel and Slice

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Instructions

  1. You will have to determine how much of each ingredient and which ingredients to use in relation to the number of people you are preparing for.
  2. This is a mix-and-match recipe; you can use what you like! Think as if you were making a regular Garden Salad and apply what you normally would for such a salad.
  3. Wash All Fresh Vegetables.
  4. Peel and Chop as directed in Ingredients Section.
  5. Arrange the Fruits, Vegetables and Herbs in an Attractive Fashion!
  6. Serve Fresh!

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Once preparation is complete and you have washed, chopped and sliced everything, all you have to do is Arrange the Fruits, Vegetables and Herbs in an Attractive Fashion!

That's it!

And it only took us a little more than a half hour to do this!

Go enjoy this dish aloone or commpliments it wit a main dish to create a delicious and Healthy Meal that your friends and family will enjoy!

Dow Yam! (Go Eat!)


Cambodia Srok Khmer

© 2011 JS Matthew

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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

I have never heard of bitter khmer leaves. What would make a good substitute? Do you leave this undressed or add some sort of salad dressing?


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J.S.Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Rinsed and Sliced Sorrel Leaves can be substituted. This is generally eaten as is without dressing because the herbs and spices take care of adding flavor. You could however use one of these dipping sauces: http://hubpages.com/food/Simple-Authentic-Cambodia...

Most often this is a side dish and is accompanied by a main course of roasted or grilled meat. Great question! Thanks for the comment!

JSMatthew~


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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

Thanks! Will look for the sorrel leaves if we cannot find the khmer leaves. Maybe some Oriental markets sell the latter.


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J.S.Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Most or almost all of the Ingredients can be found in large supermarkets and especially in Asian Specialty Stores. Check out the most commonly used Ingredients in Southeast Asian Cuisine: http://hubpages.com/food/Khmer-Cambodian-Food-Ingr...

There is a chart and if you look to the right column you will see what can be used as a substitute for certain ingredients. Thanks for coming back and re-commenting! I appreciate it!

JSMatthew~


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas

With a recipe like that you will never get bored because you would never make it the same. It sounds wonderful because I like greens that have a little more punch to them rather than just sitting there on the plate needing to be covered with dressing to have any flavor.


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Gayatrimadhu 5 years ago from Bangalore

Read all your recipes. They are really excellent. I will definitely try them.


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J.S.Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@homesteadbound: It's true, there are many combinations to this recipe. Usually it depends on whatever you have available. Thanks for the comment!

JSMatthew~


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J.S.Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

@Gayatrimadhu: I appreciate you reading all the recipes! Please come back to let me know what you think of them as you try them. Thanks for stopping by!

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Ratanak Ou 5 years ago

That is very useful hub, Matthew. I must bookmark it into my pages. Thank for your interest in my Country.


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J.S.Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

It's my pleasure Ratanak! I find Khmer interesting in every way. Kynom saw-say aht-saw Khmer: http://hubpages.com/travel/How-To-Speak-Cambodian-...

I appreciate your comments and reading my Hubs! Looking forward to reading more of yours.

JSMatthew~


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humanoid 5 years ago from Earth (I think)

I will be trying this! I will be adding protein! Thanks JS Matthew!


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J.S.Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Thanks humanoid! Let me know how you like it!

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Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

Though I'm not sure about some of the ingredients such as Jicama and Bitter Khmer Leaves, I want to try this. How does it taste when I do not use all the ingredients?


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J.S.Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA Author

Hi Vinaya!

I'm not sure if this will help, but here is a Wikipedia link explaining Jicama: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jicama

Unfortunately, I can not find anything on Bitter Khmer Leaves as they are exclusive to that region. What I can tell you is that they are very, very bitter! Perhaps if you like bitter taste you can find something to add! Let me know how you make out!

JSMatthew~

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