Here is a side for the steak with grilled tomato salsa healthy grilling recipe. This is super easy and makes and interesting alternative to your standard green salad with vinaigrette dressing recipes. It is a lot so I would make half or it should be fine refrigerated for a few days as long as you shake/whisk upon further use.
Equipment you will Need
- 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon fish sauce
- 1/2 cup sesame oil
- 1 shallot, peeled and sliced thin
- 6oz+ mixed baby greens, if you can find an Asian green mix even better
- Salt and pepper to taste
If you are not familiar with fish sauce it is used in a variety of Southeast Asian cooking, yes it has some serious funk! Don’t be afraid, it is an addictive taste and a great punch of umami. It does stay on your hands and is pretty pungent though so try not to splash it all over the kitchen.
You will probably not find Asian greens unless you have an Asian market close to you, it’s not a big deal, this dressing works great on any green salad. If you do want to track down Asian greens though look out for tasty, mustard greens, mizuna, wasabi rocket, or pea shoots.
In a small bowl whisk the vinegar, fish sauce, and salt and pepper together. Slowly drizzle in the sesame oil while whisking to make a properly emulsified vinaigrette. Add your sliced shallot and set it aside for 30 minutes to let the flavors combine. Taste again and adjust the seasonings before adding to the greens. Add pepper to the salad to taste, toss and serve!
Due to the fish sauce you might use separate small bowls/plates for this salad until you are sure everyone likes it. I just slap it alongside my steak but I am a dab hand with the fish sauce, I’ve even been to the factory!
Post Prandial Thoughts
This has got to be among my favorite vinaigrette salad dressing recipes, it is so easy and different from the typical balsamic or Italian style dressings. Now call me crazy but I like some heat in my food. If you wanted to grab one of those small Thai chilies, slice it up and throw it in the dressing before the 30-minute soak then go for it! YOLO as the kids say, this salad goes great with anything grilled. Let me know what you think or any questions you have in the comments, enjoy!