Thai Style Coconut Salad Dressing Recipe
This bold-flavored Thai salad dressing features coconut milk, lime juice, garlic, brown sugar and a little fish sauce, as well as a touch of chili if you fancy it. Not everybody likes the flavor of fish sauce because it is really strong and fishy so, if you do not, you can use a tablespoon of soy sauce plus a pinch of salt instead of the two tablespoons of fish sauce. If you do not like the smell of fish sauce in the bottle you will probably not like the flavor of it when used in a coconut salad dressing recipe either.
If you are making a salad ahead of time, you should keep your bowl of salad leaves separate from the dressing. When you are ready to eat, you can toss the salad with the dressing and add some basil or cilantro for garnish. Thicker coconut milks can solidify when they are chilled so if you find your coconut salad dressing recipe thickens in the refrigerator, simply leave it at room temperature for a few minutes and then stir it before tossing it with the salad leaves. Coconut milk is the main ingredient so use a good brand. If you are serving four or more people, double the recipe.
- ½ cup coconut milk
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons fish sauce
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 1 minced garlic clove
- ¼ teaspoon dried crushed chili (optional)
- Stir the ingredients together in a cup until the sugar dissolves.
- You can store leftover dressing in the refrigerator in a covered container for up to 2 weeks.
A lot of creamy dressings are based on buttermilk, sour cream or mayonnaise, but this one uses coconut milk instead, for a full, rich and enticing flavor. To make this as truly Thai as possible, we are adding brown sugar, fish sauce, lime juice, garlic, and crushed chili, all of which are traditional Thai ingredients, to elevate this to gourmet Thai food status. This salad dressing is amazing. Switch the brown sugar for palm sugar for an ever more authentic result, then toss this dressing with your favorite Thai noodle salad or with salad greens, perhaps adding some chopped peanuts on top for authenticity.
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