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Qualla Berry Farm is part of a loose community of growers and marketers throughout western NC who are seeking to provide locally grown food to people who live and visit  the mountains. We are helping to develop ways to keep our rural land in agricultural production. We are listed in the Local Food Guide produced by the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project. For more about U-Pick farms, tailgate markets, and community supported agriculture growers, see their website: www.buyappalachian.org

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Ginger Sesame Vinaigrette

Cascading meal notes:

We’ve used this dressing over fresh Asian greens, steamed veggies, as a marinade for chicken or beef and of course as a way to redeem the remainders of a prior meals bits and pieces.  The dressing lasts for weeks.



¼ cup of freshly grated ginger (yes, it’s worth the effort)

4 Tb rice vinegar

3 Tb tamari sauce or soy sauce

3 garlic cloves-minced

1 heavy tsp chili sauce (I use an Asian brand of ground red peppers)

½ cup peanut oil (store in the refrigerator)

½ cup toasted sesame oil (store in the refrigerator)

Salt & pepper , only add this after you let the flavors meld


1. Simple. Combine all of the above and mix vigorously. Mixes even better with an immersion blender. If you want to make this sauce/dressing more viscous add ½ cup peanut butter. It will then have the right texture for a dipping sauce.