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Thai-Inspired Peanut Dressing

A small jar of Thai-inspired peanut dressing next to a bowl and jar of chicken salad.
A Thai-inspired peanut dressing is perfect for drizzling over all kinds of things, not just veggies. A creamy combo of peanut butter, soy and fish sauces, and lime juice; make it ahead so your weeknight Thai salad is ready in a snap. 
Allison Day

Prep 5 mins
Total 5 mins
4 servings
99 kcal


  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice from 1 to 2 limes
  • 2 tablespoons natural peanut butter or nut butter
  • 2 tablespoons tamari or soy sauce use tamari if making gluten-free
  • 1 tablespoon mild vegetable oil such as grapeseed
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon cold water
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes


  • In a small bowl, whisk together the lime juice, peanut butter, tamari or soy sauce, oil, maple syrup, water, fish sauce (if using), and red pepper flakes until completely emulsified.
  • Cover and chill until ready to use. The dressing can be refrigerated for up to 1 week. Shake well before using.


*What is fish sauce used for?

Fish sauce is a salty and savory ingredient that's used to add umami to all kinds of things, like pad Thai, but it's also used to marinate meats, dress vegetables, or punch up the flavor in soups or stews. It's often used as a base for salad dressings and homemade condiments. Made from fish (or krill) that's been heavily salted and fermented for up to 2 years, fish sauce has a pretty powerful aroma straight out of the bottle but it adds a salty umami kick unlike anything else.