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Mint-and-Date Dipping Sauce
© John Kernick

Mint-and-Date Dipping Sauce

  • TOTAL TIME: 20 MIN
  • SERVINGS: makes about 1 cup
  • BASIC-EASY
  • FAST
  • HEALTHY
  • MAKE-AHEAD
  • STAFF-FAVORITE
  • VEGETARIAN

Padma Lakshmi calls this sauce "liquid heaven." She purees sticky dates with fresh mint, lemon juice and chile, creating a sweet, bright-flavored and slightly spicy sauce. It's a stellar accompaniment to the kathi rolls, but Padma also uses it as a sandwich spread or whisks it into salad dressing.

  1. 2 cups mint leaves
  2. 3 pitted Medjool dates, finely chopped
  3. 1 serrano chile, seeded and chopped
  4. 3 tablespoons fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  5. 2 tablespoons water
  6. Salt
  1. In a blender, combine the mint leaves, dates, serrano chile, lemon juice and water and puree until smooth. Transfer the dipping sauce to a bowl and season with salt. Serve at room temperature.