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Salsa Naranja (Orange Salsa)

Salsa Naranja

I came across the idea of a salsa naranja, an orange salsa, on Kogi BBQ a while ago and it sounded really good! More recently I came across a recipe for the salsa naranja on Chow while searching for something else and decided that I would have to try it! In addition to the Mexican influences this salsa also has Korean and Thai aspects that really make it shine! The salsa naranja starts out with a base of sweet chili sauce and orange juice and builds up the flavour base with garlic, ginger, plenty of fresh herbs, chilies is several different forms and it is finishes off with sesame seeds. Don't let the long list of ingredients fool you as once you have them all assembled all you need to do is puree them in a food processor and it is well worth making. I have to say that this is one amazing salsa! It is sweet and spicy, full of flavour and all of the herbs give it a fatastic freshness that will have you eating it by the spoonful.

Salsa Naranja

A sweet and spicy orange salsa packed with fresh herbs.


Servings: makes 2 cups

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Printable Recipe
Ingredients
  • 1 cup sweet chili sauce
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 green onions
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1 thumb ginger, grated
  • 1/2 cup (loosely packed) basil preferably Thai
  • 1/2 cup (loosely packed) cilantro
  • 2 birds eye chilies
  • 2 cayenne chilies
  • 2 tablespoons gochugaru
  • 1 tablespoon gochujang
  • 2 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon pepper
Directions
  1. Puree everything in a food processor.

Use in:
Calamari Tacos with Salsa Naranja
Sweet Chili Chicken Rice Bowl
Sweet Chili Chicken Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Sweet Chili Chicken Quesadilla

Similar Recipes:
Sweet Chilli Sauce
Korean Style Salsa Roja
Roasted Tomato Salsa
Blueberry and Basil Habanero Salsa

11 comments:

Pam said...

Okay...this is like my fifth time trying to get the word verification thing typed out. If this doesn't work I give up! What I've been trying to say that I like the idea of this salsa!!

Stephanie said...

I am totally inspired by this salsa. I can't wait to try it. You have just given me the excuse to stop at the asian grocery store ;-)

Nan said...

KEVIN, THIS ORANGE SALSA LOOKS SO GOOD, BUT I HAVEN'T A CLUE AS TO WHAT "GOCHUGARU' and "GOCHUJANG" IS OR WHERE IN THE WORLD TO LOOK FOR IT. DO YOU KNOW OF A SUBSTiTUTE ?

dreamday said...

yum! so many ingredients that i love, this is a must try!

Emily said...

Looks great! Love the color of the salsa.

Kevin said...

Nan: Gochugaru is Korean chili pepper flakes and gochujang is Korean chili pepper paste and you should be able to find them at a local Korean or Asian market and I have seen them in some larger grocery stores. You can also order them online at Amazon or other places.

Anonymous said...

How long do you think this will keep in the fridge? I want to make a big vat of it! So delicious!!!

Kevin said...

Anonymous: Given all of the fresh components and lack of cooking I am going to say not too long; probably about a week. It will keep in the freezer though if you want to save some for later.

Cindy said...

Hey Kevin, I couldn't find the gochugaru, but I'm not sure it mattered because this salsa was fantastic! It's like a more complex dipping sauce for Vietnamese fried spring rolls. Spicy, sweet, tangy. Thanks so much for sharing!

Tigger mum said...

Kevin, I just made this!! This is super delicious. With the cold weather here in T.O. I'm using this as a dipping sauce for my hotpot!! Thanks for sharing!!

Kevin Lynch said...

Tigger mum: I am glad that you enjoyed it! I could eat it by the spoonful!

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