Pomelo and crab salad with candied cashew nuts

Pomelo and crab salad with candied cashew nuts

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Serves
4
Photographer
Mowie Kay

You can use grapefruit in this salad instead of pomelo if you prefer – I use them interchangeably. The grapefruit, even the pink or ruby ones, will have bitter notes not found in the pomelo. Jicamas are still relatively scarce in the UK, but can be found in any oriental supermarket, for a price. They are a type of yam, with a crisp, Granny Smith taste and texture, but with savoury notes.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
1 pomelo
or 2 grapefruit
1/2 chinese cabbage, shredded
1/2 green papaya, grated
1 carrot, julienned
1/2 jicama, peeled and julienned
or 1 jerusalem artichoke, peeled and julienned
or 1 green apple, peeled and julienned
200g white crab meat
a few sprigs coriander

For the candied cashew nuts

Quantity Ingredient
2 tablespoons maple syrup
100g cashew nuts
pinch smoked paprika
pinch smoked salt

For the dressing

Quantity Ingredient
1 shallot, finely sliced
1 tablespoon neutral tasting oil, such as sunflower or groundnut
1 lime, juiced
1 tablespoon light soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon runny honey
sea salt, (optional)

Method

  1. For the candied cashew nuts, put the maple syrup in a frying pan, add the cashew nuts and cook over a medium heat, stirring constantly, until the maple syrup first turns sticky, then powdery. Remove from the heat and add the paprika and smoked salt. Toss to combine and turn out onto a plate or board to cool. Set aside.
  2. Segment the pomelo or grapefruit over a bowl to catch any juice, and set aside. Squeeze out the peel and membranes into the juice and reserve.
  3. Assemble the salad by gently mixing the pomelo or grapefruit segments with the cabbage, papaya, carrot and jicama (or artichoke or apple).
  4. Whisk the dressing ingredients together and taste, adding a little salt if necessary. Add the reserved juice, then use to dress the salad. Top with the crab, coriander and candied cashew nuts.
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