An ancient issue of Gourmet suggested that Granny Smiths could be substituted for the green papayas that make up one of my favorite Thai dishes. Unable to find not-yet-ripe papayas, I tried it, and the result was delicious. Since then, I've created several variations, but this one -- with its bright peppers, zesty mint and crunchy nuts -- is my favorite. —mg2157
Granny Smith apples
red bell pepper
medium head Napa cabbage
julienned mint leaves
toasted chopped cashews
small limes, juiced
sambal olek (may substitute a pinch of chile flakes)
Peel, core and slice apples into 1/4-inch matchsticks. Slice red pepper into 1/4-inch matchsticks. Shred cabbage and carrots in food processor or by hand. Combine apples, pepper, carrots and cabbage and mint leaves in large bowl.
In small bowl, whisk together rice vinegar, lime juice, sesame oil, chile paste, salt and pepper. Pour dressing over salad and toss to combine.
Just before serving, add cashews over top and serve.