This baby bok choy and avocado salad is fun, fresh, unique and as Chris Scheuer’s husband said, after taking the first bite, “amazingly delicious”.
By Chris Scheuer
I bought a big carton of beautiful bok choy (also known as pak choy) a while back. Even though there’s just two of us at home right now, these bok choy were so fresh, green and crisp that I just couldn’t resist throwing them in the cart. We were driving home when my husband shared with me that he really wasn’t very fond of bok choy… that’s not good… not when I just purchased a mammoth size carton. Well, that became my challenge. I decided right then and there that he really was quite fond of bok choy, he just didn’t know it yet … now I just had to prove it to him.
I was browsing online for a wonderful recipe to wow my dear husband with, perhaps a stir fry or even some fun roasting technique involving bok choy, when I came across this recipe. The picture didn’t look all that interesting, but I was very intrigued with the idea of using bok choy as the star in a salad, with no cooking involved at all.
Then my imagination started rolling. I kept the beautiful lines of the bok choy by simply slicing them in half lengthwise instead of chopping them up. I scattered the salad with diced avocado and finely chopped red onion. Finally, I exchanged the almonds in the original recipe for a combination of cashews and sesame seeds which I roasted in a tiny bit of butter.The final result is fun, fresh, unique and as my husband said, after taking the first bite, “amazingly delicious”. YEAH! Mission accomplished! This has become our new favorite salad - in fact, we enjoyed it so much, I think I’ll pick up another BIG carton next time I’m shopping.
Oh, did I tell you about the amazing dressing? It’s sweet, salty, slightly spicy – wonderful! You’ll be wanting to keep a jar of this stuff in your refrigerator at all times.
Originally Published: March 8, 2012