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.
A sweet and spicy orange salsa packed with fresh herbs.
- 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
- Puree everything in a food processor.
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