This one uses the flavors of Southeast Asia, but it’s just as tasty on tacos and almost anything. A blender makes it smoother, but the coarse texture you’ll get using a food processor has its appeal, too.
For the shopping list
fresh lime juice
cilantro, including the stems
lightly packed mint leaves
green onions, sliced
garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
fresh ginger, coarsely chopped
jalapeño, sliced crosswise into 3-4 pieces
From the kitchen
Roasting a bunch of vegetables makes a dinner party easy, but the real hosting superpower is serving them alongside a trio of sauces. Stir a few pantry items together for one, open a bottle for another, and throw some herbs and other stuff in the food processor for the third.
Combine 1/3 cup lime juice and 2 teaspoons sugar in a small bowl and stir until the sugar has completely dissolved.
Combine the cilantro, mint, green onions, 1/3 cup olive oil, 3 tablespoons fish sauce, garlic, ginger and jalapeño in a food processor or blender. Pulse until mostly smooth but still speckled with the green herbs, then taste and season with more fish sauce if you like.
Use this as a dip for vegetables, chips, or almost anything that needs a little more flavor. Double the amount of olive oil to make it a little less viscous and it makes a great dressing for composed salads.