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Whip Up RockSugar's Refreshing Summer Salad to Beat the Heat

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Courtesy Mohan Ismail

Need a break from the raging heat this summer?

Here’s a tasty salad chock full of fresh summer fruits and vegetables created by executive chef Mohan Ismail of celebrity favorite RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen in Los Angeles (Halle Berry, Megan Fox, Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez are all familiar faces there).

Green Mango Papaya Salad
Makes: 4 servings

2 oz. green papaya, julienne
1 oz. chinese long beans, charred
2 oz. green mango, julienne
2 fz. papaya salad vinaigrette
½ tsp. red jalapeño chile, seeded, sliced
6 ea. grape tomatoes, halved
½ tsp. kosher salt
Cracked black pepper
1 tbl. peanuts, toasted, crushed
1 tbl. Cashews, toasted, crushed
Almonds, toasted, crushed Fried shallots

1. Add the green papaya, long beans, green mango, carrots, vinaigrette, cherry tomatoes, rau ram, salt, pepper
2. Using a wooden spoon, bruise the vegetables slightly so that the vinaigrette is absorbed into the vegetables
3. Sprinkle the peanuts and cashews randomly over the salad
4. Sprinkle the fried shallots randomly over the salad

Papaya Salad vinagrette:
1 clove garlic
1 tbl. fish sauce
2 ea. limes
1 tbl. sugar or palm sugar
1 tsp. dried shrimp – optional

1. Smash garlic with the back of a knife
2. Add all the ingredients into a mortar or pestle or mixing bowl
3. Pound the ingredients to incorporate and until the sugar has dissolved

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