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Jan 19, 2014 08:05 PM

Dressing for Asian/Thai Cabbage Salad?

I'm not much of a cook, but I have a hankering for a fresh Asian cabbage slaw. What I have for the salad: savoy cabbage, red peppers, carrots, cilantro, sesame seeds. What would be a good dressing (measurements please)? Rice wine? Soy sauce? Sesame oil? Please hold the peanut butter. Thinking I might want to add some scallions to the salad and red chili flakes to the dressing. Other suggestions?

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  1. This has peanut butter in it but I suppose you could leave it out. It's delicious.

    1. 1 or 2 thai or serrano chilies (or even jalapeƱo in a pinch)
      1 clove garlic
      1/2 teaspoon sugar
      pinch salt
      3 tablespoons fish sauce
      6 tablespoons japanese rice vinegar, unseasoned.

      Chop the chilies & garlic. Using a mortar & pestle, mash the chilies, garlic, sugar & salt together to a paste. Add the fish sauce & rice vinegar, stirring to dissolve the sugar & salt.

      I toss with the salad just before serving, and then transfer the salad to a serving plate, leaving any unabsorbed dressing behind.

      1. A Nigella recipe:
        2 cloves garlic, minced or shredded
        pinch red pepper
        2 Tbs. grated or minced ginger root
        2 Tbs. fish sauce
        juice of one lime
        4 Tbs. water
        2 Tbs. sugar or sugar equivalent
        1 Tbs. Asian sesame oil

        Just mix together. It's a good place to use a Microplane. I use it for noodle salads, too.

          1. My girlfriend gave me her recipe, makes enough for a very large salad....
            4 Tbsp soy sauce
            3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
            1 Tbsp white sugar
            1/2 Cup canola oil
            1/2 tsp fresh black pepper
            splash sesame oil
            sambal oelek or red chili flakes to taste.

            The weird thing is the balsamic.....could never figure out why I liked her "Asian" dressing better than anyone else's....she uses dry steam-fried noodles in the salad (tossed in at the end).