Thai Salad Dressing (Thai Peanut Sauce)

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Thai Salad Dressing or Thai  Peanut Sauce Or Dipping Sauce recipe makes a great dip for fresh spring rolls, egg rolls or for an easy Asian salad recipe. This Thai peanut butter salad dressing is so easy to make and you can find most of the ingredients in your pantry.

How to make creamy Thai Salad Dressing

A flavorful Thai Peanut Dressing with simple ingredients: peanut butter, apple cider vinegar, agave and without fish sauce. You can’t go wrong with this 5-minute Asian vinaigrette salad dressing recipe.

I love to make my own homemade salad dressings because they are healthier and cheaper than the store-bought stuff.

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Making this homemade Thai Salad Dressing or Thai Peanut Sauce doesn’t require special equipment. You can use your high-speed blender, food processor or a mixing bowl and a whisk.

To make this Thai salad dressing, I used organic agave nectar. Agave nectar has a more neutral flavor than honey and it’s 1 1/2 times sweeter than sugar or about 50% sweeter than honey. Feel free to use honey or sugar instead of agave nectar, be sure to use less of it.

baked tofu

This healthy salad dressing recipe is very nutritious and filling. Peanut butter is packed with protein, fiber and monounsaturated fats (good fats that are found in natural foods, such as olives and avocados). Apple cider vinegar could lower cholesterol, lower blood sugar, help you lose weight and boost energy. You can read more apple cider vinegar benefits here.

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Try it and let me know how you like this Thai salad dressing recipe. This popular Thai salad dressing is perfect for green salad, egg rolls, spring rolls, crispy tofu and also good with almost any salad ingredients, from raw or cooked vegetables.

Thai Salad DressingWhen I have a homemade salad dressing that I really like I can reverse engineer a salad around it. Juicier vegetables with a bit of crunch like cucumbers or sugar snap peas come to mind when I taste this Thai salad dressing.  With it doubling as a dipping sauce it can easily be used to brighten up the taste of a platter with these or other veggies.

I know quite a few people that are on a health kick to lose weight or improve their sugar and cholesterol levels, and feel like the only way they’ll be able to keep eating salads is by “cheating” with an unhealthy dressing.  It’s really not necessary though, there are so many delicious dressings out there that don’t compromise the other healthy choices you’re making.  Even if your palate is accustomed to a lot of salt and sugar you can find great tasting substitutions in every entrée, side, sauce or dressing.

Also, check out other popular recipes: Mango Salad Dressing (No Sugar Added) or Asian Chopped Salad with Sesame Ginger Dressing  Slow Cooker Cabbage Roll Soup  and  Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken Wild Rice Soup

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Thai Salad Dressing Recipe and Ingredients:

5 from 2 votes
Thai Salad Dressing
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
Cuisine: Asian
Author: Posh Journal
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened peanut butter creamy or crunchy
  • 1/2 cup water or 3/4 cup of water if you like the dressing less thick
  • 1-2 tablespoons agave nectar
  • 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce or about 1 tablespoon regular soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar OR 2 tablespoons unseasoned rice vinegar or more according to your liking
  • 1/2 lime juiced
  • 1 inch fresh ginger grated
  • 1-2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon sesame oil you may skip this if you don't like the taste
  • 2 teaspoons fresh cilantro
  1. Mix all the ingredients above in a high speed blender or food processor.

  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Store in a jar with a tight-fitting lid. You can refrigerate them for a couple of days.


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    Robin Rue (@massholemommy)
    Aug 18, 2016 at 3:14 am

    That sounds like a delicious salad dressing. I am definitely going to have to try your recipe!

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    Aug 18, 2016 at 5:17 am

    This sounds so delicious! I like sesame oil so I think I’d keep it in the ingredient list. I’ll be making a batch to try out this weekend!

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    Karlaroundtheworld | Karla
    Aug 18, 2016 at 9:29 am

    I like the color, it really corresponds with how authentic Thai food! Glad that I could do the peanut butter either way.

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    Aug 18, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    I love Thai food, so I bet this sauce is great. I’ve made a peanut sauce like this before too. I’ll be trying your recipe out as well!

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    Elizabeth O.
    Aug 18, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    I’ve only dined in a few Thai restaurants and I always liked their peanut sauce! This is definitely something I’d love to try to do at home. Thanks!

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    Amanda Love
    Aug 18, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    I can’t believe it’s that easy to make! Had I known this, I would have made a peanut sauces at home. Thai food is really great and it would be nice to have it for dinner without going out. Thanks for the recipe!

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    Annemarie LeBlanc
    Aug 18, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    I did not know it was that easy to make. This peanut sauce would also taste good with grilled meats. I was able to try that once and it was delicious!

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    Nikki Wayne
    Aug 18, 2016 at 11:27 pm

    oh my goodness! I’ve never tried this one and it’s really tempting at the same time!

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    Nicole Haas Etolen
    Aug 19, 2016 at 3:50 am

    I’m pretty sure that salad dressing is yummy! I love peanut butter and I’ll have to try this.

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    Nicole Herose Cochingco - Escat
    Aug 19, 2016 at 4:25 am

    I think, I would love what it taste! Because peanut butter makes me craving everytime I see it! Thai Salad Dressing looks good.

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    Cindy Ingalls
    Aug 19, 2016 at 8:13 am

    Thai food is one of my favorites, although I always order the same thing. I love this recipe and can’t wait to give my salads the Thai treatment.

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    Lisa Rios
    Aug 20, 2016 at 5:41 am

    I do always love to make salad dressings on my own as they are quiet cheaper than what you get at stores. This one looks absolutely delicious being made of peanut butter and I am going to try it out right away!

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    Aug 20, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    This is one of the only dressings I craved during my pregnancy! store bought ones are just not the same compared to homemade dressings. Yum!

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      Sep 8, 2016 at 3:16 pm

      I love making my own salad dressing too.. so much healthier and cheaper

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    Aug 3, 2017 at 8:48 am

    Do you think that you could can this recipe ? What a great gift it would make.

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    Patty @ Spoonabilities
    Aug 18, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    One of my favorite dressings is Thai peanut dressing. This looks fabulous!

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    Aug 18, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    Oh I looove Thai peanut dressing! I’ll have to give this a try.

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    Aug 18, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    I have never prepared this sauce, I think now it’s time! So tempting

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    Aug 19, 2017 at 2:12 am

    I make something very similar and I can’t control myself around it haha. It’s a great dip for summer rolls.

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    May 25, 2018 at 6:47 am

    Thought I would leave a comment as I actually did make the sauce. It is fantastic. I only had Jif creamy peanut butter so I used that instead of unsweetened and used honey instead of agave nectar. The rest was followed exactly. I added siracha to my portion as i like things spicy. I will make this a lot. Used it over brocolli slaw. Very good!

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      rika agustini
      May 26, 2018 at 11:22 pm

      Thanks for the awesome review Julie! Can’t wait to try this sauce on broccoli slaw!

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