When prepared appropriately, bitter melon can be savory and extremely appetizing, like this Chinese bitter melon salad recipe. You’re going to love it.
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Author: Joyce @ Light Orange Bean
3medium bitter melonsseeded
¾tablespoonkosher saltfor marinating
1tablespoonextra virgin olive oil
½teaspooncoconut sugar or organic raw sugar
2tablespoonsapple cider vinegar
2tablespoonsgluten-free soy sauce
¼cupsliced red bell pepper
Preparing the bitter melon
Wash bitter melons, and cross cut them in half on a cutting board. Use a chopsticks or a paring knife to insert into each half of the bitter melons and carefully discard the seeds.
Slice bitter melons into ¼ inch slices and place them into a large mixing bowl. Sprinkle salt and gently massage with kosher salt. Marinate for 10 minute at room temperature.
Meanwhile, bring 5 cups water to a boil. Rinse the marinated bitter melon slices with cold water and then transfer them into the boiling water. Cover with lid. After the water is boiling again, let the bitter melon boil for 1 minute.
Quickly transfer the bitter melon slices into a colander and rinse with cold water briefly. Transfer them into ice water to cool them quickly and completely. Approximately 3 minutes. This step will prevent any further cooking of the bitter melon and keep the crunchy texture.
Drain and transfer the bitter melon slices into a salad spinner to remove any excess water.
Making the salad dressing
Heat a skillet on high heat until it’s smoky hot. Reduce the heat to medium. Add oil and wait for approximately 15 seconds until the oil is hot. Add minced garlic and ginger. Remove the skillet from heat.
Mix in the remaining salad dressing ingredients.
For the salad
In a large mixing bowl, gently toss together the bitter melon slices, salad dressing, peanuts, and red pepper slices. Serve immediately or cold.
Chinese Bitter Melon Salad https://lightorangebean.com/chinese-bitter-melon-salad/