This classic accompaniment to rice paper rolls and lettuce wraps is the Vietnamese version of a vinaigrette,

Source: Better Homes and Gardens


Credit: Blaine Moats

Recipe Summary

10 mins
10 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • In a small bowl combine 2 Tbsp. sugar (or 3 Tbsp. maple syrup), 3 Tbsp. lime juice, and the warm water. Taste; if needed, add the remaining 1 1/2 tsp. sugar (or 1 Tbsp. maple syrup) and/or 1 Tbsp. lime juice. If there's an unpleasant tart-bitter edge, add rice vinegar to fix flavor.

  • Stir in fish sauce. (How much you use depends on the brand and your own taste. Aim for a bold, forward finish that's a little gutsy.) Add garlic and, if desired, chiles. Keep sauce at room temperature up to 8 hours before serving. Makes 1 cup.


Lime juice and vinegar can add bitterness to the sauce if held too long, so make it up to 8 hours before serving.

Nutrition Facts

8 calories; carbohydrates 2g; sugars 2g; vitamin a 1.8IU; vitamin c 0.9mg; niacin equivalents 0.1mg; folate 2mcg; sodium 265mg; potassium 13mg; calcium 2mg.