Ingredients: Cooked taro, refrigerated over night, then cut into bite-sized pieces
Ho Tomatoes, bite sized pieces
Maui onions, green onions, diced
Sumida Farms Watercress (I first had this salad with fern shoots that were parboiled and cut into bite sized pieces)
Toss taro, tomatoes, both onions together and season with salt (fern shoot too, if using them). Refrigerate for an hour before serving to let the flavors blend. Serve on a bed of fresh watercress. All proportions are "to taste"
Ingredients: Roasted Molokai sweet potatoes
Home grown cilantro
Hawaii grown Macadamia nuts
Macadamia nut oil (the one made with Hawaii macnuts--there's one from Australia too)
Fresh Kahuku sweet corn, either raw or cooked, kernels removed.
Cut sweet potatoes into bite sized rounds or cubes. Process the cilantro, mac nuts, mac oil, and salt in a food processor, blender, hand chop, or mortar/pestle process until it's a thick (or thin) paste. Either mix the potatoes, corn, and macnut bits with the macnut pesto, serve everything "deconstructed", or with the pesto on the side as a condiment. The proportions for the ingredients are "to taste".
Salad dressing for greens:
Juice of backyard citrus: tangerine, lime, lemon, orange, buluk, grapefruit, calamansi...whatever's available!. I used a combo of 1 tangerine and 1 lime. Mix with macnut oil, a touch of local honey, and Haw'n salt. Refrigerate over night with a piece of crushed ginger in it to let the flavors blend. Adding finely chopped backyard mint or lavender just before serving would also be a nice touch. All ingredients proportions are "to taste".
Another recent "experiment" that turned out well:
Sauteed Kale with Carmelized Maui Onions:
Ingredients: Chopped homegrown kale
Ewa Sweet onions
Saute over medium heat, sliced Ewa Sweet onions in mac oil and salt (to taste) until carmelized. Set aside. Saute kale in macnut oil and a touch of salt until tender. Serve topped with the carmelized onions. I think if you use baby kale, you can serve it raw with the onions on top, tossed in, or on the side.
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