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  • About 2 teaspoons fish sauce
  • 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon light brown sugar
  • 2 scallions, finely chopped
  • 1 fat garlic clove, minced (or use 2 small ones)
  • 1/2 jalapeño, seeded, if desired, and finely chopped
  • 3 large or 4 medium tomatoes, sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh Thai or regular basil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the fish sauce, lime juice, brown sugar, scallions, garlic, and jalapeño. (If you think your fish sauce is very salty, start with 1 teaspoon; you can add more at the end.)

  2. Arrange the tomato slices on a plate. Spoon the dressing over the tomatoes. Let stand for 10 minutes to allow the tomatoes time to release their juices. Sprinkle with the basil and cilantro; serve.