sauces + dressings

chili + thai basil dressing

chili and thai basil dressing
chili and thai basil dressing

This might be one of the most versatile dressings you add to your repertoire.  It's a little spicy, a touch sweet, with layers and layers of fresh, bright flavors. Oh, and once you've rounded up the ingredients, it takes about 2 whole minutes to make.

Some inspiration:

  • drizzle over grilled steak and salad of arugula, radish, tomatoes, mint, and peanuts
  • use as a dipping sauce for summer rolls or spring rolls
  • marinate and grill chicken thighs, serving some reserved sauce on the side
  • toss with rice or veggie noodles, cherry tomatoes, cilantro, and roasted peanuts
  • use on lettuce wraps
  • serve with grilled shrimp and jasmine rice
  • or, on the more adventurous side, spoon over cubed watermelon, feta, and mint salad

chili + thai basil dressing

1/2 c olive oil

1 T toasted sesame oil

2 T sweet chili sauce (mae ploy)

1 T Sriracha

2 cloves of garlic, peeled

3 T mirin

2 T tamari 

juice from 1/2 lime

1/4 c Thai basil leaves

Whiz everything together in a high speed blender and adjust seasonings to your taste.  Make up to a week ahead.