Keeping a couple of Asian ingredients in your pantry comes in handy when you want to boost the flavor in otherwise ordinary dishes. Sesame oil and rice vinegar are two of my must-have staples. Add a little garlic and scallions and you definitely have an Asian-inspired taste.
I also keep a can of Chow Mein noodles on hand…just a pinch adds crunch and a fun Asian element (albeit questionably authentic).
This dressing made from just a few ingredients in the food processor really popped with flavor.
1 small clove of garlic
a splash of rice vinegar with red chili flakes
a drizzle of wasabi flavored sesame oil
minced basil and scallion
(My selection of oil and vinegar add heat along wth their enticing base flavors and were a perfect pairing with the sweet mango and fresh basil and scallion.)
You could do any combination of ingredients for your salad but if you want to follow my lead, I used:
french string beans
quartered grape tomatoes
chow mein noodles
And I have leftover dressing that I’m looking forward to using in a different way. Stay tuned.