Ginger Peanut Lime Dressing

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Making my own dressings and sauces is always fun for me. I love trying to create flavor combinations and profiles to match the ingredients in the dish I am making. Sometimes it is just that the dish needs a sauce component and other times the sauce or dressing becomes the key component to it all. This particular dressing is the latter type – a big flavor component of whatever you choose to serve it on. This Ginger Peanut Lime Dressing brings together thos classic Vietnamese flavors into a silky dressing that is perfect for salads, wraps or as a dipping sauce.

Ginger Peanut Lime Dressing

I want to make the strong case for using an all-natural no sugar added peanut butter for this sauce (and any savory peanut based sauce). It is usually the kind that is a little bit thinner and you have to stir or shack to re-incorporate it. But it is a true peanut butter flavor without the additional sugars and whatever they add to keep it from separating. The all-natural is much easier to mix into a dressing consistency as well. You get a nice silky sauce that pours beautifully.

Ginger Peanut Lime Dressing

Some like this type of dressing to have a little more zip or kick to it. I used crushed red pepper flakes, but you could also use a cayenne pepper powder in it’s place. All depends on your own flavor tolerances. I will definitely say that this sauce an handle the extra heat as the lime and peanut really balances things out.

Ginger Peanut Lime Dressing

This is the dressing that I used for my Peanut Chicken Salad. It was the perfect accompaniment to the marinated chicken and fresh crunchy veggies. It would be really great with a chicken katsu or crispy chicken tenders. You could also put it on a bahn mi style sandwich!

Peanut Chicken Salad

Now Let’s Get Cookin’!


Ginger Peanut Lime Dressing

A Vietnamese inspired flavor packed dressing with all the flavors of peanut, ginger and lime.
Course Dressing, Salad, Sauce
Cuisine American, Asian, Vietnamese
Keyword ginger, lime, peanut, peanut dressing, Salad, salads
Prep Time 5 minutes
Chill Time 30 minutes
Servings 2.5 Cups


  • 1 Mason Jar w/ lid quart


  • cup Oil
  • cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • ¼ cup Honey or Date Syrup
  • ¼ cup Lime Juice
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • cup Peanut Butter natural is best
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Ginger fine grated


  • Add dressing ingredients to a mason jar. Secure lid and shake vigorously to combine. Place in refrigerator and let chill at least 30 minutes before serving.

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6 thoughts on “Ginger Peanut Lime Dressing

  1. Estelle, I’m so happy you shared this. I have been searching for a peanut dressing. I’m so going to try this.
    Visiting today from Hearth & Soul #50

  2. What a delicious dressing, Estelle. It’s perfect for heartier fall salads, and I would use it as a marinade for chicken and pork as well. Thank you for sharing with Hearth and Soul. I’ll be featuring this post at the September edition of the link party which goes live on Sunday 4 September.

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