I normally use nam phrik phao, a Thai roasted chili paste, as a condiment for rice and noodles but I thought I would try to do something interesting with it by using it as an ingredient for a dressing. In order to come up with a salad idea that would compliment the dressing, I started thinking about the flavors and key ingredients in Thai cuisine.
This salad is made with cucumbers, red onions, peanuts, some chopped cilantro, and of course, the Thai chili paste dressing.
The nutty warmth of the dressing’s toasted sesame oil pairs nicely with the salty harshness of the fish sauce and the sweet heat from the nam phrik phao.
Posted as I need to make this immediately.