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Dressing adapted from Mollie Katzen’s The New Moosewood Cookbook
Yield = 1.5 cups
Notes: the first time you make this dressing it will likely taste a little flat. I find it hard to get the seasoning right because of the warm temperature of the mixture and often make adjustments the following day or after it has cooled in the fridge. I never find the 2 teaspoons of lime juice to be enough and almost always add the juice of a whole lime depending on its size. The dressing will feel really thin — too thin — but it works. I add the sesame oil for both flavor and body, but this is not in the original recipe, so feel free to leave it out if you don’t like that flavor. And I add a hefty dose of Sriracha, not only for heat but for flavor — it provides a nice bite in addition to heat. I like to make the dressing a day in advance to allow the flavors to meld and to let it cool down, but you can always stick it in the freezer to let it cool down faster. Alternatively, you can make the dressing in the food processor using cold water.

You might need to buy:
  • cucumbers
  • scallions
  • Peanut Dressing::
  • boiling water
  • cider vinegar
  • Sriracha to taste


You might need to buy:
  • green onions
  • soy sauce
  • honey
  • Sesame oil
  • vegetable oil
  • - 2 Tbs Crushed Red Pepper
  • cilantro
  • chopped peanuts
serves 4
You might need to buy:
  • * Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • * 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • * 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • * 1 cup torn fresh basil leaves