Our son Daniel and his girlfriend Courtney recently visited San Francisco where they waited in line at a restaurant called Burma Superstar to order this spectacular Burmese Tea Leaf Salad. When Daniel first offered to make one for our family’s Mother’s Day celebration, I was less than enthusiastic. Tea leaves in a salad? In the spirit of adventure, we all agreed to trust Daniel’s assurances that this would be one of the best salads we had ever tasted. And it was!
Daniel prepared the green tea leaves (Sencha) himself according to the instructions he found on AbsolutelyMONICA, along with the recipe for this delicious salad. He offered diced jalapeno peppers on the side, as well as sliced avocados from our family farm. We enjoyed some grilled chicken and cold sliced barbecued tri-tip too. Everyone agreed that this was indeed a wonderful salad!
The fried garlic, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds and chopped peanuts worked together beautifully. Fresh squeezed home grown lemon added just before serving gave the salad a spritz of sunshine! The whole family has asked Daniel to make this salad again for future Family Dinner Nights. As he packed up his ingredients to go back to his apartment, we insisted that he put together one more delicious salad to leave for our Sunday supper.
I had never heard of eating tea leaves in a salad, have you? This salad was a winner for our Mother’s Day celebration, tea leaves and all! We’re looking forward to the next time Daniel makes it for us!
Have you discovered delicious salads with unusual ingredients that might surprise our family? Please leave a comment and tell me about it!