Make this peanut salad dressing in five minutes with kitchen-staple ingredients. It's full of flavor and delicious on crunchy salads and coleslaws. You can also use this versatile salad dressing as a marinade, dip, or stir fry sauce.

If you love savory peanut butter recipes, make sure to check out our peanut butter chicken and our sweet potato noodle stir fry with peanut lime sauce.

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Peanut Salad Dressing

If you're a peanut lover, this salad dressing is for you!

It's a healthy salad dressing that gets its creaminess from peanut butter so it is 100% dairy-free.

Lime juice, ginger, garlic, soy sauce, and sesame oil give it a flavor that is reminiscent of a Thai peanut salad dressing.

We love it poured over crunchy greens or coleslaw, but it is every bit as delicious used as a dip for chicken or tofu.

Peanut dressing poured over top of salad in a bowl.

How long does this dressing last?

This salad dressing will keep well for at least one week in the fridge. Note that it will thicken when it's cold. Don't worry, mix in a little water and it will return to a deliciously pourable salad dressing.

What to serve with a peanut salad

Peanut dressing brings an Asian vibe to the dinner table. We love serving this with our garlic ginger chicken. A few other recipes that go well are:

More ways to use peanut dressing

This is a versatile recipe that can be used as a sauce, dip, or marinade. Here are a few options:

  • As a marinade for chicken or tofu.
  • A dip for veggies.
  • Or a spring roll dip.
  • A sate sauce for your roast chicken or vegetables.
  • Mix it into some rice.
  • Pour it over just about anything on your plate.
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Peanut Salad Dressing

  • Author: Kristen Stevens
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 0 min
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 ⅓ cups 1x
  • Category: Salad Dressing
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: Asian

Description

Make this peanut salad dressing in five minutes with kitchen-staple ingredients. It's full of flavor and delicious on crunchy salads and coleslaws. You can also use this versatile salad dressing as a marinade, dip, or stir fry sauce. 


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Ingredients

  • ½ cup smooth, all-natural peanut butter
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon ginger
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • ¼½ cup water (see notes)
  • Sea salt, to taste

Instructions

  1. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk the peanut butter, lime juice, soy sauce, ginger, sesame oil, and garlic. Thin with the water, starting with ¼ cup. (see notes.)
  2. Taste and add salt if needed. 

Notes

  • The amount of water you'll need to add will depend on how thick your peanut butter is and how thick or thin as you'd like the dressing to be. If you're using it as a dip, you may not want to add any water. 
  • This salad dressing will thicken a little in the fridge. Mix in some water to thin it, if needed.
  • This is not a sweet salad dressing. If you'd like, you can add a little maple syrup or honey to sweeten it. 

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