Macadamia Nut Salad

by Cynthia Sin-Yi Cheng
April 29, 2008

Clara Confections
Neiman Marcus
Ala Moana Center
1450 Ala Moana Blvd
Honolulu, HI 96814

Dean & Deluca
560 Broadway
@ Prince St
New York, NY 10012

Union Square Greenmarket
14th St & Broadway
New York, NY 10003
Mon, Wed, Fri & Sat: 8 am to 6 pm (hours vary seasonally)

While Celia brought back an ample supply of Portuguese sausage from Hawaii last week, I brought back just a box of plump macadamia nuts from Clara Confections for my cocktail-hour snack. But yesterday, while looking for walnut oil at Dean & Deluca, I found some macadamia nut oil (Brookfarm; $13) from Australia instead. This inspired me to whip up a fresh salad from the superb mesclun greens I had picked up at Union Square that morning. I dressed my simple salad with the nut oil and fresh squeezed lemon juice, seasoned with a dash of salt and pepper. Then I crushed some macadamia nuts and tossed them with the salad. The nuts have a sweetness to them that I can only express in Hawaiian terms, onolicious!

P.S. I did end up getting some of Celia’s Portuguese sausage, and it inspired my own interpretation of a fried rice with broccoli rabe and P. sausage — equally satisfying my nostalgia for the foods we grew up on in Hawaii.

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