2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 red chillies, seeds removed, roughly chopped
1cm root ginger, grated
1 tbsp palm sugar
2-3 tbsp fish sauce
1-2 lime, halved
1 splashes water
2 shallots, thinly sliced
1 handfuls cos lettuce
1 handfuls cherry tomatoes, halved
mixed fresh herbs, such as basil, mint, flat-leafed parsley, coriander and chives
1 small handfuls chopped peanuts
Put the garlic, red chilli, ginger, palm sugar, fish sauce, limes, water and shallots into a pestle and mortar. Mash together well, making sure the garlic and chilli have been pounded into a pulp. Remove the lime halves.
Arrange the lettuce, tomatoes and herbs in a salad bowl and pour the dressing over. Toss well and scatter with the peanuts. Serve straightaway.