Salads can be pretty boring at times. The right dressing can take a bowl of lettuce and turn it into a party of flavor! This peanut dressing has been my go to for some time now and I am absolutely in love.
I've said this before, but I love making my own dressings at home instead of buying pre-made bottled ones. I can control what goes into the dressing and also allows for modifying ingredients to suit preferences. It may seem like a long ingredient list, but it comes together quickly and the depth of flavors is exactly what makes this dressing so yummy!
In the mood for something spicier? Add more cayenne! Don't like spicy at all? Omit it all together. Have a peanut allergy? Sub for almond or sunflower seed butter!
This recipe is great for dipping chicken skewers or summer rolls into. Simply use less water to make it a thicker dipper or more water for a runnier dressing.
Again - this is why I love making dressings at home. It's all up to you!
Spicy Thai Peanut Dressing
Makes approximately 12oz
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1/2 inch knub of peeled fresh ginger
- 1/2 cup of creamy natural peanut butter
- juice of 1 large lime
- 2 tbsp of liquid aminos (or low sodium tamari or low sodium soy sauce)
- 1 tbsp of sweetener of choice (I love using coconut sugar but have also made with maple syrup or honey - all yield great results)
- dash or two of cayenne (optional, to taste)
- 1/4 cup - 1/2 cup of fresh water
1. Add garlic and ginger to a mini food processor/chopper. If you do not have one, you can also grate it, push it through a garlic press, or simply mince into tiny tiny pieces.
2. Combine the rest of the ingredients, except for the water, in your processor or chopper. Again if you don't have one, just whisk together in a bowl to ensure everything is well incorporated. At this point the mixture should be a bit thick. Add water until you reach the level of runniness you prefer. Adding 1/4 cup makes a great dipping sauce and adding more allows for a runnier dressing for salads.