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.
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.
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.
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!
Now Let’s Get Cookin’!
Ginger Peanut Lime Dressing
- 1 Mason Jar w/ lid quart
- ⅔ cup Oil
- ⅓ cup Apple Cider Vinegar
- ¼ cup Honey or Date Syrup
- ¼ cup Lime Juice
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
- ⅔ 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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