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Saigon Dressing Recipe

This Saigon Dressing Recipe is a simple vinaigrette made with rice vinegar and infused with fruit for a tangy flavour, with honey to temper it, and with red chili to give it some zest.

This Saigon recipe is simple to make and keeps well for a few days in the refrigerator.

Use this dressing on the Saigon Salad or any other simple salad recipe of mixed greens for a unique oriental flavour.

Recipe for Saigon Dressing


  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) grapefruit juice or fruit juice from canned fruit
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) concentrated lime juice
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) olive oil
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) green onions - chopped
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) honey
  • 1/2 tsp (2.5 ml) lime rind - grated
  • 1/4 tsp (1.25 ml) red chili - seeded and diced


1. Using a wire hand whisk, mix the rice wine vinegar, lime juice, grapefruit juice, fish sauce and honey all together in a small bowl.

2. Slowly add the oil, whisking constantly. (You can also mix these ingredients in a blender or food processor - adding the oil slowly after processing or blending the first 5 ingredients)

3. Lastly mix in the grated lime rind, chopped green onions and diced chili.

4. Store in the refrigerator in a tightly sealed jar or container until needed.

Yield: Makes 3/4 cup (180 ml)


1. This Saigon dressing is better made a day ahead, to allow for the flavours to "marry".

2. Always stir or shake the Saigon dressing before using, so that each salad receives a balanced amount of the Saigon ingredients.

3. This Saigon dressing will keep in the refrigerator in a tightly sealed jar or container for 2 weeks. (I use mason jars for this)

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