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Easy Szechuan Style Dressing

For Noodles or Salad

by Shirley
Szechuan Style Dressing {For Noodles or Salad}

Szechuan or Sichuan Style Dressing made of simple ingredients is so yummy, quick to make, and versatile. Use it for noodles or salad. My favorite way of using this is making a Szechuan-style Noodle Salad.

Szechuan Style Dressing {For Noodles or Salad}

Szechuan vs. Sichuan {四川}

They are essentially the same thing, just phonetically differently, referring to the area in central China, that is well-known for yummy cuisine, among other things. Szechuan is the traditional popular way among westerners. Sichuan is a Roman Pinyin phonetic system that is widely adopted in mainland China.

Szechuan Style Dressing works great for packing lunch for school or work

This is one of my go-to packed school lunch ideas these days for my kids.

I would make the Sichuan dressing in advance, and store it in a glass bowl in the refrigerator. I would also cook some spaghetti in advance and store it too in the refrigerator. By the way, the organic spaghetti works great for a Sichuan-style noodle salad.

Follow these simple tips to cook dry pasta/noodles effortlessly and deliciously. It is the key to a spongy firm bite noodle salad.

How to cook dry pasta easy healthy perfect
How to cook dry pasta easy healthy perfect way?

In the morning, I would just mix the dressing with the cooked spaghetti in a heated hard-anodized fry pan, along with some chopped vegetables.

How to make an easy, tasty and healthy Szechuan Style Dressing?

Tip No. 1 is to use fresh Sichuan pepper and Sichuan Chili Powder for an authentic Szechuan Style Dressing

The freshness of the Sichuan pepper and Sichuan Chili Powder makes a huge difference in terms of the taste. Luckily, nowadays you can get the quality ones fairly easily.

For Sichuan pepper, I recommend getting the quality Sichuan peppercorns and then grinding them into powder using a spice grinder in tiny batches as you use them. Sichuan peppercorns, known as “Hua Jiao” {花椒} in Chinese, have a unique sensational flavor and taste, the iconic flavor behind classic Sichuan dishes such as Kung Pao Chicken.

Easy Sichuan Dressing Ingredients
Szechuan Style Dressing Ingredients

The fresh Sichuan chili powder has this beautiful shiny red color, which gives the Sichuan Dressing an appetizing red hue.

Tip No.2 is to use sesame oil to bring out the natural yumminess

Sesame oil perhaps is one of the tastiest oil which also boasts superb health benefits.

  • They are high in antioxidants, essential substances that help our bodies to fight off free radicals, and all sorts of inflammations.
  • Sesame oil is also rich in omega-6 fatty acids, a type of unsaturated fat. Unsaturated fat is excellent for heart health.
  • You can also use sesame oil topically to help heal wounds and burns.
  • I use sesame oil as a pulling oil to rinse my mouth every morning. It helps remove bacteria.

Sesame oil is an integral part of my everyday cooking. It truly makes everything tastes better. A splash of sesame oil and a pinch of salt is all you need to make a tasty Blanched Kale Salad. If you couple it with Zhenjiang vinegar and soy sauce, you can make a quick, easy and tasty dressing that is great for a Kelp Salad. It is also the iconic flavor behind the well-liked Egg Drop Soup.

Easy Sichuan Dressing {For Noodles or Salad}

Tip No.3 is to heat the dressing briefly when applying

The heating helps bring out all the inherent aroma of Sichuan pepper.

Use a hard-anodized fry pan to heat the dressing briefly, about 1 or 2 minutes until fragrant before you apply it to the salad. If you use this to make a noodle salad, add noodles to the frypan along with the Sichuan Dressing and chopped vegetables, toss until fragrant.

Szechuan Style Dressing {For Noodles or Salad}

Szechuan Style Dressing Recipe

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes

Szechuan or Sichuan Style Dressing made of simple ingredients is so yummy, quick to make, and versatile. Use it for noodles or salad. 

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp Zhenjiang vinegar
  • 2.5 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan pink salt
  • 1 tsp cane sugar, organic unrefined preferred
  • 1/2 tsp Sichuan pepper powder, freshly ground
  • 1/2 tsp Sichuan chili powder, fresh

Instructions

  • Gather ingredients.
    Szechuan Style Dressing Ingredients
  • Add soy sauce, Zhenjiang vinegar, and sesame oil into a small bowl, and then add salt, sugar, Sichuan pepper powder, and Sichuan chili powder. Whisk well until fully blended.
    Szechuan Style Dressing {For Noodles or Salad}

Notes

  • Heat the dressing briefly to bring out the aroma before applying the Sichuan dressing to salad or noodles. Use a hard-anodized fry pan to heat the dressing briefly, about 1 or 2 minutes until fragrant before you apply it to the salad.
  • If you use this to make a noodle salad, add noodles to the frypan along with the Sichuan Dressing and chopped vegetables, and toss until fragrant.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 89Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1020mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 1g

Nutrition calculation is provided by Nutritionix to the best knowledge per ingredients description and isn't always accurate.

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