The Culinary Adventures of the New Mrs Rosero: Thai Salad

Originally posted on: 2011-06-02 02:06:52′, ‘2011-06-01 18:06:52’

‘It was the Kaffir Lime dressing that did it. We bought a bottle at Mercato in the Fort, sold by Comida Rica. It sat in the fridge for a few weeks before we were able to try it. Because we had quite a lot of mangoes from our annual Holy Week sojourn to Zambales, I decided to try the dressing with a mango salad, Thai-style. We loved it so much that we inflicted it on our families on Mother”s Day, and so we ran out. Not to be defeated, I decided to try and replicate the dressing. I found a recipe that seemed to have the right ingredients, and played it by ear. Luckily, I got the flavor close enough, and Oneal insists it tastes better than the Comida Rica dressing.

We brought the dressing and the salad to Karen”s for Sunday lunch, and it was quite a hit! So we”re sharing it now with everyone. Enjoy!
Salad:

  • Arugula ‚Äì Chop off the stalks and trim the leaves into bite-sized pieces. Try to get baby arugula, also called rocket, if you want to avoid the bitter taste of older leaves. Or do away with arugula together, and find other leaves that suit your taste.
  • Basil ‚Äì Plucked from the stalks. Trim the bigger leaves into bite-sized pieces.
  • Carrots ‚Äì Peeled and julienned
  • Coriander (Wansuy) ‚Äì Plucked from the stalks
  • Cucumber ‚Äì Peeled and julienned, seeds removed if you prefer
  • Mangoes – Peeled and diced
  • Mint ‚Äì Plucked from the stalks. Trim the bigger leaves into bite-sized pieces.
  • Mixed greens ‚Äì Trim the leaves into bite-sized pieces.

Dressing:

  • Brown sugar ‚Äì 1 tbsp
  • Chili powder ‚Äì ¬Ω tsp
  • Dried kaffir leaves ‚Äì 5 leaves, crushed
  • Lemon juice ‚Äì From 1 lemon
  • Patis ‚Äì 1 tbsp
  • Sweet chili sauce ‚Äì 4 tbsp
  • Warm water ‚Äì ¬º cup
  • Optional: Dried garlic chips

Salad Directions: Toss salad ingredients in a large bowl. Toss well for a pretty distribution of color.
Dressing Directions: Mix sweet chili sauce, brown sugar, lemon juice, patis and water in a bowl. Add chili powder and dried kaffir leaves.¬†Optional: Crush garlic chips and mix into dressing. This will make the dressing spicier. Serve dressing alongside salad and a bowl of extra mint leaves.’

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