Thai Squid Salad with Fresh Herbs

Exotic flavors are always welcome in my kitchen, especially if mingled with classic Mediterranean ingredients.

To cook the squid, in a pot filled with water, taken off heat as soon as it boils add:

1. Squid, preferably fresh, 1 large pc, cleaned and cut into thin strips

and blanch for 3 minutes until just cooked. Drain.

For the sauce whisk together in a bowl:

2. Fish sauce, 2 tbsp

3. Lime juice, 2 tbsp

4. Brown (or palm) sugar, 1 tsp

5. Red Chili, finely chopped, 2 pcs

For the salad, in a bowl mix:

6. Fresh Mint leaves, 2 cups

7. Fresh Coriander leaves, 2 cups.

8. Kaffir lime leaves, cut in thin strips, a handful

9. Lemongrass, trimmed of outer hard layers and cut very finely, 3 stalks

(Being in Greece, I keep lime leaves and lemongrass frozen, and handle straight from the freezer).

Dress salad and place on a dish, top with the squid and garnish with:

10. Toasted cashews, or other nut of choice.