thai peanut dressing

a while back, i made some asian style peanut sesame noodles but then i found this recipe and it was life changing.  you guys this thai peanut dressing is sooo good!  it is full of flavor and definitely packs a punch.  it is peanuty, savory, sweet, gingery, garlicy, and just so complex.

the first time i made this dressing, i served it over a quinoa salad.  there were all kind of veggies along with the quinoa from cucumber, carrots, and cabbage.  along with a sprinkling of chopped peanuts and a squeeze of lime juice, this stuff was heavenly.  i packed a few containers of the salad and then brought the dressing to work in a mason jar.  it’s best to keep the dressing separate until it’s time to eat.

the second time that i made it, i ate it with soba noodles and veggies (sliced carrots, red bell peppers, cucumbers, and lots of cilantro) instead.  it was equally delicious.

plus this dressing couldn’t be easier.  i don’t have a regular blender, so i used my hand blender.  just dump everything into a large bowl and blend away!

oh one quick note about the garlic, the original recipe calls for 4 cloves of garlic.  let me tell you, that’s a lot for this dressing.  my breath was kickin’ with garlic all day when i first made the original recipe.  if you love garlic A LOT go for it, but i would suggest taming it down and using only 2-3 instead.

then pour the dressing into a container or a mason jar.  i heart mason jars.

i like to let my dressing sit overnight (in the refrigerator) to allow all of the flavors to meld together.  but you could of course use it the same day and it would be just fine.  either way you serve it – over a lovely qunioa salad…

or soba noodles, this thai peanut dressing is the bomb diggity!  enjoy!

Thai Peanut Dressing

slightly adapted from Cooking Classy


  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice (about 3 limes)
  • 2-4 cloves garlic, minced (to taste)
  • 1-2 Tbsp Sriracha hot sauce (to taste)
  • 4 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tsp fresh ginger, grated
  • 2 tsp onion powder


  1. Combine all dressing ingredients in a blender and puree until emulsified, about 30 seconds.  You can also use a hand blender for this task.
  2. Transfer to a mason jar or container and allow to chill and set in the refrigerator overnight.
  3. Serve over a quinoa salad, soba noodles, etc.

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  1. Lei Kuwahara

     /  June 27, 2014

    Have been searching long time for “good sounding” recipe and this seems to be the one. Thanks for posting, off to buy ingredients.

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