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Ethiopian Salad Dressing Recipe with Ginger and Garlic

The Ethiopian House is a restaurant in Toronto, Ontario, and their salad is famous in the area. The following recipe shows you how to make your own Ethiopian House dressing using tomatoes, onions, parsley, ginger and more. This salad is served in the restaurant with bread or “injera” which is a slightly spongy, yeast-risen flatbread. As for the chili, jalapeno is a good one to use, or you can simply use any kind of chili pepper. Take the seeds out to get rid of some of the fieriness.

Ethiopian cuisine features a variety of spicy meat and vegetable dishes which are usually presented in the form of a thick stew. These will be piled on top of injera. An Ethiopian will eat with their right hand, using pieces of the injera bread to pick up other foods. Utensils are hardly ever used when eating injera and stew. The food is usually served on a tabletop called a “mesob” which is made from woven straw. The mesob is covered with a lid until mealtimes. A basin of water and soap is brought out just before eating so everyone can wash their hands. The food is placed in the top of the mesob, or basin, and the soap and water is brought back out for hand-washing when the meal is over.

Spicy Salad Dressing Ethiopian Style
Summary: Unusual salad dressings are always fun to try, and this Ethiopian one pairs juicy tomato with garlic, lemon, onion, oil, parsley, ginger, and hot chili for a tangy, piquant dressing.
Cuisine: Ethiopian
Recipe type: Salad Dressing
Serves: 2
Prep time: 
Total time: 
  • 1 finely chopped tomato
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 finely sliced large green onion (or 2 small ones)
  • ¼ teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ minced hot green chili pepper
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  1. Combine the lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, parsley, and ginger.
  2. Season to taste with salt and pepper, and whisk well.
  3. Stir in the hot pepper, green onion, and tomato.
(Makes About 1 Cup)

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Whether you consider this a salad dressing, side dish or a condiment, it is well worth making to add an Ethiopian flair to your meal. The recipe calls for tomatoes and green onion, and then the flavor accents come from garlic, parsley, lemon, ginger, and hot chili. Extra-virgin olive oil binds it all together. As you can imagine, the result is a colorful and deliciously different salad dressing which includes aromatic, fresh flavors as well as a touch of spice. Try this as a dip for bread or spoon some over mixed baby leaves. You can adjust the amount of hot chili to suit your palate.

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Christine Szalay-Kudra

Hello and welcome to Amazing Salad Recipes. My name is Christine and I'm delighted you are visiting. I started this blog because salad is such an important dish. It can be a side dish or a whole meal, and there are so many type I love to prepare and serve to my family, helping them get all their nutrients as well as having something they can really enjoy.

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