When most people search for “spicy salad,” they’re looking for something to which chile heat has been added—like Thai beef salad or spicy cucumber salad.
Building on yesterday’s tip, mustard greens, you can create a spicy salad with no “outside heat” whatsoever.
Just use the spiciest salad ingredients: arugula, mustard greens, radishes and red onions. Even with a plain or a lime vinaigrette* dressing, your salad will be spicy.
You can spice it up even more with:
A spicy salad: no chiles required! Photo
If you’ve got family members who don’t like salad but love their heat, see if this changes their tune.
The bright red radishes and emerald green leaves also make for a nice holiday-themed side dish.
SPICY VINAIGRETTE DRESSING RECIPE
1. Whisk together vinegar and mustard. Add oil.
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*Substitute fresh-squeezed lime juice for the vinegar in a 1:3 proportion with olive oil. Add salt and pepper to taste. Or, split the acid 50% lime juice, 50% wine vinegar, and zest the lime into the emulsion (best to zest before you squeeze the juice).
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