The perfect dressing has a delicate balance of acid, oil, spice, heat and herb. It coats its components in a rich and lively liquid that awakens and enhances all their inherent flavors.
When I first started creating vegan recipes I came up with a black bean and corn salad with lime and hot sauce dressing. It was pretty simple, but it tasted really good.
It was very mexican influenced. This is a refinement of that original idea. It's much more Thai inspired. Ginger, lime and garlic come together in perfect vegan harmony.
2 limes, zest and juice
2 inches freshly grated ginger
4 cloves grated garlic
3 tbls olive oil
2 tsps hot sauce
2 1/2 tsps salt
1 tsp black pepper
2 tsps dry basil
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
2 cups assorted bell peppers, diced
1/4 cup poblano, diced
1 cup red onion, diced
1 jalapeno, minced
1/2 a serrano, minced, optional
Add the dressing ingredients to a bowl, except oil. Slowly whisk that in to the rest. Toss salad components into the dressing. Allow to chill for a bit in the fridge.