This mint-lime dipping sauce is a refreshing sauce with endless uses.
I love hot and spicy food. The secret to enjoying this type of cuisine is a cooling down ingredient. This is where this mint-lime dipping sauce comes into play.
Similar to the theory of blue cheese dressing that’s typically served with hot Buffalo wings to quell the heat, this mint-lime dipping sauce serves the same function. Its cooling powers work well with spicy dishes from Oriental to Indian and even hot wings.
While it’s a great accompaniment to spicy food and grilled meats, this mint-lime dipping sauce has another great characteristic…it’s damn tasty! It’s a great general purpose dip or spread. Use it wherever you would use a dip, whether it be with fresh vegetables, chips or crackers. Try spreading it on a sandwich and be sure to try it with your next batch of Buffalo wings.
- 1 cup yogurt
- 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves plus extra for garnish, if desired
- 1/2 tablespoon course sea or kosher salt
- 1/2 tablespoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon lime zest
- juice of 1/2 lime
- 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
- Finely chop the 1/2 cup of mint leaves. Using a pestle and mortar or the back of a teaspoon and sturdy bowl, add salt and mint leaves. Grind to an almost fine powder consistency. The goal here is to remove the moisture from the mint leaves, but maintain the mint flavor. This will also keep the mint leaves from clumping together.
- In a small mixing bowl, add the salt and mint blend along with the remaining ingredients. Whisk until well mixed.
- Adjust the flavors per taste using more sugar or salt.
- Refrigerate until cool. Stir, garnish and serve.