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Simple Thai Dressing in a small glass jar
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Simple Dressing for Thai Salads

Use this simple four-ingredient dressing to make your favorite authentic Thai salads. Adjust the flavors as you’d like - adding more sweet, sour, savory, or spicy notes.
This recipe makes about ⅓ cup of dressing.
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Prep Time1 min
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time11 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Thai
Keyword: Thai dressing
Servings: 8
Calories: 13kcal
Author: Jess Smith via Inquiring Chef
Cost: $2.00


  • Mortar and Pestle


  • 2 Bird's Eye Chilis
  • 2 tablespoon grated Palm Sugar
  • 3 tablespoon Lime Juice
  • 1 Tbsp Fish Sauce


  • In a mortar and pestle, grind the chilies into a paste.
  • Add palm sugar to the mortar and grind the ingredients together until sugar is dissolved.
  • Add fish sauce and lime juice and swirl the pestle around to mix.
  • Taste the dressing and adjust as you’d like, adding more of any of the components.
  • Store dressing in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Just give it a stir before using.


Don’t have a mortar and pestle? No problem. Just finely chop the chilis (see note below) and whisk everything together. 
Be careful when handling Bird’s Eye Chilis. They can leave your hands burning for days. It’s a great idea to wear gloves when working with them. And be careful to never touch your face after touching one of these super spicy chilis.


Calories: 13kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 183mg | Potassium: 13mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 9IU | Vitamin C: 4mg