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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Foodin' With Lawblog: Flavor!: Addendum

So, after I wrote all that shit last night I got inspired. #humblebrag. I put together this really awesome salad by using the rules of flavor balancing. This is the base:

2 cups pineapple, diced (approx. 1 small)
1 cup mango, diced (approx. 1 medium)
1 medium avocado, diced
1/3 lb. grape tomatoes, cut in half
2 Tbl lime juice
2 Tbl. olive oil
1/2 tsp. salt (or to taste)

The neat thing is that it is technically a fruit salad, but is eaten as a savory component. So you can totally be that douchebag who's all, "Here's my play on fruit salad." and your guests/significant others go "Oh. Because tomatoes and avocados are technically fruits. Total lol, I'm sure."

You generally think of fruit salads as sweet, since they contain fruit, which is generally sweet (duh). By adding the lime juice and tomato an additional acidic component is introduced that cuts some of the sweetness. The addition of the salt also further cuts the sweetness and brings out the other flavors inherent in the fruits. Likewise the avocado adds a very slight sourness and, of course, the delicious unctuousness that avocado brings to everything.

I was having tacos last night, so to go with more of a mexican flavor profile I added 2 Tbl. chopped cilantro and 1 seeded and chopped jalapeño.

What's cool about this is that these flavors can work really well with other types of cuisines. For a more Vietnamese take, add the Mexican ingredients, but substitute fish sauce for the salt and add some chopped fresh mint as well. For an Indian take, substitute lemon for lime juice, cayenne for jalapeño, and maybe add a dash of garam masala. The possibilities are limitless! Not really. But generally, if you see overlap in ingredients between cuisines, you can usually be relatively successful by altering the external "flavoring" components to make a dish fit a particular type of ethnic flavor profile. As always, feel free to experiment and please let me know if you have any questions!


  1. Also, you could totally be the douchebag who talks about the "delicious unctuousness that avocado brings to everything".

    Kidding, kidding...this was quite interesting!

  2. Who has two thumbs and is burnt? This guy.

  3. Seriously, I think you should make us videos. I like to watch the preparation. (TWSS????)