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Old 07-19-2007, 09:29 PM   #1
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ISO Mint Salad Dressing

A few nights ago, we stopped at a restaurant we'd not eaten at before. There was a nice, varied menu, and all four of us settled on different asian dishes.

We all ordered the house salad, which came with a mint salad dressing. It was absolutely awesome! It was so refreshing and clean tasting. The mint didn't overpower the salad, but came through beautifully light. It was the consistency of a vinegrette.

We asked if we could get the recipe, but we were denied based on "Chef's secret". I can accept that.

But I want to find a dressing like this. Does anyone have a recipe for a mint salad dressing?

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Old 08-13-2007, 01:36 PM   #2
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I did a broad search and this is what I was able to dig up:

Citrus Mint Dressing

Ingredients:
3/4 cup Olive Oil
1/4 cup Lime Juice
1 teaspoon Salt
1/4 teaspoon White Pepper
1 teaspoon Parsley -- finely chopped
1 teaspoon Mint -- finely chopped
1 teaspoon Chives -- finely chopped
1 teaspoon Dijon-style Mustard

Lebanese Mint dressing

1/4 bunch fresh parsley
1 clove garlic, mashed with 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 lemons, squeezed for their juice (get rid of rest of lemon)
2 tblsp oil
1/4 cup dried mint (from your own garden is best!)

Mix all ingredients well.


Hope this helps some.
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Old 08-13-2007, 04:43 PM   #3
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Here is something I used to use.

Mint
a little grated fresh Ginger
Lemon zest
Soy Oil
mirin
s+p
a little crushed red pepper

never used it on salad, but was a finishing vin for a lamb pop appitizer I had on a menu. Minty, "asiany" , good.
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Old 08-13-2007, 05:30 PM   #4
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Hey, thanks for the ideas. Both of those recipes sound good, but I don't think they're very similar to what we had. I guess I'll just have to go back there and twist the chef's arm to get the recipe.
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Old 08-13-2007, 05:43 PM   #5
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Mint is used a lot in Thai and Vietnamese cooking. Was the dressing spicy?

Vietnamese Salad with Chile-Mint Dressing Recipes at Cooking.com
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Old 08-13-2007, 06:02 PM   #6
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Mint is used a lot in Thai and Vietnamese cooking. Was the dressing spicy?

Vietnamese Salad with Chile-Mint Dressing Recipes at Cooking.com
No. As a matter of fact, it was very light and refreshing. We were very surprised at how light it was, considering that all of the items on the menu had a very distintictive asian style to them. We did expect it to be a little "zingy", but it definitely was not. I have a feeling that it may be something that the chef concocted on his own. He's very talented, and the presentation of all of our meals was outstanding. I even took pictures! See for yourself.
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Old 08-13-2007, 06:36 PM   #7
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We asked if we could get the recipe, but we were denied based on "Chef's secret". I can accept that.
That's lame.

One question: are you sure that the dressing had mint IN it, or was there fresh mint leaves in the salad? I've never heard of a traditional Vietnamese dressing with mint in it per se. The mint is usually always included with the food component that the dressing or sauce will be paired with.
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Old 08-14-2007, 12:11 AM   #8
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That's lame.

One question: are you sure that the dressing had mint IN it, or was there fresh mint leaves in the salad? I've never heard of a traditional Vietnamese dressing with mint in it per se. The mint is usually always included with the food component that the dressing or sauce will be paired with.
That's an interesting thought. I actually can't say for certain, but I believe that it was the dressing itself that had the mint flavor in it. The menu clearly said that it was "The House Mint Dressing". Would or could they say that if it didn't have mint flavor in it? I don't know.

And I don't believe these dishes were anything near "traditional" anything. I would describe them as an Americanized version of similar asian dishes.

I know we'll be going back there, and I plan on getting a better understanding of what they're serving.
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Old 08-14-2007, 02:23 AM   #9
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The first thing that came to mind is mint pesto sauce - perhaps thinned out a bit (w lime juice).

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Old 08-14-2007, 11:16 AM   #10
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Was it lime-y and sweet? With maybe some fish sauce in it?

This is a common dressing for southeast asian salads.
Cambodian Summer Salad and Roll Filling TNT

Mint is often added as a garnish but could be added to the dressing itself, as well.
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