This is a lovely, simple, clean-tasting assembly of Asian ingredients – and something I could very likely eat every night. Because of its simple freshness and the lightness of the mint, this salad can make you feel downright saintly while you are eating it. I like to change it up sometimes by substituting grilled steak for the chicken and rice noodles for the cabbage. Try it!
In California, we always have access to great avocados. And when life gives you an abundance of avocados, you make avocado toast, of course! There are several varieties of avocado, and any of them would work for this recipe. However, I prefer using the Hass variety—the small type with the dark, bumpy skin—as they have more natural fat and are less watery than the larger, smooth-skinned sort. Hass avocados add a wonderfully smooth, creamy texture. The lemon and chili act as the perfect eye-openers.
This recipe is so easy you can cook it in the dark with one hand. Literally. I know because I did exactly that when I made this recipe for a charity dinner. It was a “Dining in the Dark” event…and I had a broken arm from a motorcycle accident. Thankfully, I had a sous-chef to prep the onion, garlic, tomatoes, and basil. But I was able to do the rest with one arm.