What started with the best Peanut Sauce Recipe, has now transformed into a Thai Peanut Salad Dressing. It’s loaded with incredible Thai flavors and is so easy to mix up in under 5 minutes! Simply whisk together creamy peanut butter, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, and a few other simple ingredients, then serve on your favorite crunchy Thai Salad or use as a dipping sauce!

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Thai Peanut Dressing Recipe

One Salad Sunday recently I came up with the idea to make a Thai Peanut Quinoa Salad. Shredded cabbage, pieces of carrots, fresh cilantro; the flavors and textures were all there. Except, it was missing one very important component…

Thai Peanut Dressing

I started with the Peanut Sauce Recipe (which is so easy to make!).

Then I thinned it out a smidge with some warm water, upped the Thai flavors a bit, and voila! This dressing takes just minutes to whip up and a handful of simple ingredients.

Want a few other healthy homemade salad dressing recipe ideas? Check out this Healthy Balsamic VinaigretteHomemade Caesar Salad Dressing, or this Spicy Cashew Dressing next!

Peanut butter, soy sauce, sesame oil, vinegar, ginger, and garlic are the main ingredients for this recipe.
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Ingredients

  • Peanut butter. Be sure to grab a creamy peanut butter so you don’t have chunks in your dressing. Look for a natural peanut butter, if available.
  • Vinegar. Rice vinegar is key to creating the flavor profile you’re looking for. If you don’t have it, try white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar.
  • Soy sauce. If needed, grab coconut aminos for this creamy Thai peanut dressing. Tamari is also another great gluten-free substitute.
  • Sweetener. For the best results, honey or pure maple syrup should be used. You want a natural liquid sweetener, as things like brown sugar can make the dressing grainy.
  • Sesame oil. Note the difference in types when shopping; you want unrefined sesame oil, not toasted sesame oil. You should find it in the oil and vinegar section of grocery stores.
  • Ginger. You can mince fresh ginger, or grab a bottle from the store.
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How to Make Thai Peanut Salad Dressing

Please see the recipe card below for ingredient amounts and more detailed instructions.

1. Combine Ingredients

Add all of the main ingredients, except the water, to a medium-sized or large bowl. Use a whisk to thoroughly mix everything.

The dressing ingredients are whisked in a small bowl.

2. Drizzle in Water

Slowly pour in a little water at a time until it reaches your desired consistency.

Water is added to thin the dressing out.

3. Use or Store

If you’re enjoying the dressing now, drizzle it over your favorite salad. 

Alternately, place it in an airtight container and keep it in the fridge for up to 1 week. Be sure to mix well before using.

A fork digs into a bowl of salad with Thai peanut sauce.

What is Thai peanut dressing made of?

Thai peanut dressing is a combination of creamy peanut butter, soy sauce, rice vinegar, and a sweetener, then seasoned with lime juice, garlic, ginger, sesame oil, and Sriracha. It’s delicious as a dip or a dressing for salad.

FAQs

Is Thai peanut sauce good for you? 

Thai peanut sauce and dressing aren’t bad for you. However, note they are pretty high in calories, so should be enjoyed in moderation.

How long is Thai peanut dressing good for? 

This easy Thai peanut dressing can be kept in an airtight container, like a mason jar, in the fridge for up to 1 week. It’s even better the next day.

Recipe Tips

  • Creamy is key. Avoid a chunky dressing by opting for creamy peanut butter in this Asian salad dressing.
  • Not toasted. Unrefined sesame oil is called for in this recipe.
  • Give it a shake. Mix this dressing up just before serving for the best results.
  • Get creative. Dip crunchy veggies, like red bell peppers or carrots, in this dressing, or drizzle it over meats for added flavor.
  • Add some spice. Include some red pepper flakes for a kick.
Red pepper flakes are dropped over the peanut dressing.

What to Serve with Peanut Butter Dressing

The better question is what can’t you serve with this dressing? Try it on any of these recipes for a real treat!

You can’t go wrong with replacing the dressing on your favorite salads, like this Fall Harvest Salad or Massaged Kale Salad.

Pour it over this Zucchini Noodle Salad, too. Add some rotisserie chicken if you want a complete meal.

Make a side dish, like Thai Peanut Quinoa Salad or these Vietnamese Spring Rolls, a little lighter.

Or, serve it with Oven Roasted Cauliflower!

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Thai Peanut Salad Dressing

What started with the best Peanut Sauce Recipe, has now transformed into a Thai Peanut Salad Dressing. It's loaded with incredible Thai flavors and is easy to mix up in under 5 minutes!
Thai peanut dressing being lifted up out of a mason jar.
Yield 6 servings
Prep 5 minutes
Total 5 minutes
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Ingredients 

  • cup peanut butter creamy
  • 2 Tbsp. soy sauce or Tamari
  • 2 Tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. lime juice freshly squeezed
  • 1-2 Tbsp. honey or pure maple syrup
  • ½ tsp. ginger paste or finely minced fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp. garlic finely minced
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • ½-1 tsp. Sriracha sauce optional
  • ¼ cup water

Instructions 

  • Add all ingredients, except for water, to a medium-sized bowl. Whisk to combine. Slowly add in water until your desired consistency is reached.
    ⅓ cup peanut butter, 2 Tbsp. soy sauce, 2 Tbsp. rice vinegar, 2 Tbsp. lime juice, 1-2 Tbsp. honey, ½ tsp. ginger paste, 1 tsp. garlic, 1 tsp. sesame oil, ½-1 tsp. Sriracha sauce, ¼ cup water
  • Use immediately or store Thai peanut dressing in the refrigerator for up to 1 week between servings. Bring to room temperature and stir well before using.
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Notes

  • Serving size is for ~2 tablespoons of salad dressing.
Prep-Ahead Instructions:
This dressing can entirely be made before you need it! Just give it a good shake before serving.
Storage Directions:
Keep peanut butter dressing in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week. Alternatively, freeze for up to 4 to 6 months. Let it thaw in the fridge overnight before using.
Recipe Tips
  • Creamy is key. Avoid a chunky dressing by opting for creamy peanut butter in this Asian salad dressing.
  • Not toasted. Unrefined sesame oil is called for in this recipe.
  • Give it a shake. Mix this dressing up just before serving for the best results.
  • Get creative. Dip crunchy veggies, like red bell peppers or carrots, in this dressing, or drizzle it over meats for added flavor.
  • Add some spice. Include some red pepper flakes for a kick.

Nutrition

Calories: 107kcal, Carbohydrates: 6g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Sodium: 349mg, Potassium: 102mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 3IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 11mg, Iron: 0.4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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    1. Yay! So happy to hear you enjoyed the recipe, Yakini! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment and rating!