Monday, March 4, 2013

Parsley Sambol (Salad)

Parsley is not just a garnish, in this sambol it is the star ingredient. This sambol is so fresh and bright that I could eat it plain.  I did enjoy with rice, lentils and a few other curries. I think this salad would be even amazing mixed with some canned tuna fish as a very fresh tuna salad.

In Sri Lanka we have a green called Gotu Kola that is prepared the same way as the parsley sambol.  Here in the States, this green is not available so parsley is a great substitute. 

 Ingredients:
1 large bunch of parsley (flat or curly) finely shredded
1 cup finely diced tomatoes ( I like Roma tomatoes for this)
1 small red onion
1-2 green chilies finely sliced (seeded for less heat)
1/3 cup dessicated coconut
salt to taste
black pepper to taste
small pinch of sugar (optional)
juice of 1 lemon (or to taste)

Note: I did not finely shred my parsley as I usually do for the sake of getting the parsley represented in the photographs.  I suggest you shred the parsley more than represented in my pictures.

Directions:
Prepare all ingredients and mix together.  Make sure you remove any thick stems from the parsley and seed the tomato before chopping. Mix well and serve as a side dish with rice and curry meal.  Enjoy.

 


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13 comments:

  1. looks delicious! I love parsley but I have never seen this dish before, once summer rolls along I will have to try this :)

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  2. I love making a parsley salad, especially for fish dishes. It's such a light and fresh tasting salad which pairs great with a delicate filet. Thanks for sharing :)

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    Happy Valley Chow

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  3. I think parsley doesn't get as much love as it deserves. This salad looks so Spring-y and fresh! Gorgeous!

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  4. Looks beautiful Ramona! I like your idea of using it with tuna for a healthy tuna salad!

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  5. wow, this looks mouth watering. Come and participate in the event- Cook mela/carnival food.

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  6. I'm not a big salad person BUT I'm so intrigued by parsley's star role in this! I never thought it could be used like that - Ramona you have my attention :D Perhaps next time I venture into salad territory I'll whip this one up heehee.

    ~Jess

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  7. slurp, drooling here rite now, very tempting dish.

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  8. I have not heard of this, but I love parsley! This looks so light and flavorful!

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  9. This looks like such a tempting dish :)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  10. I have heard of Gotu Kola before but didn´t know it was a green eaten in salads in other parts of the world. I love parsley in salads. It truly adds freshness. This is a wonderful recipe. Very healthy. Thanks for sharing. I´m your newest follower. Nice to meet you.

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  11. What an interesting list of ingredients. Your salad looks refreshing, and Gotu Kola sounds very familiar.

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  12. This reminds me a little bit of Tabbouleh which also used a ton of parsley, but I believe it has bulghur as kind of a bulk ingredient. That would definitely make the texture different. Your sambol appears lighter, fresher and with the coconut (YUM!) - a totally different flavor! It's a keeper.

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