Thai Peanut Dressing

I came up with this yummy salad dressing to mimic the flavors in these Thai Peanut Noodles that we love around here. Try it on the Thai Noodle Salad it’s made for, or any other Asian inspired dinner salad. It’s even great basted on chicken skewers or used as a veggie dip!

Thai Peanut Salad Dressing
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1/2 C peanut butter
1 lime, juiced and zested
2 1/2 t sesame oil
1 T seasoned rice wine vinegar
2 T soy sauce
3 T honey
2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
1 T minced ginger
1/2 C roughly chopped cilantro (stems and all)
1/2 C vegetable oil
1/4 t kosher salt*
2-3 t sriracha chili sauce*
2-4 T water*

*The need for salt may differ depending on the brand of PB you use. Taste first and then add.
*I use 3 t Sriaracha, but you may want more or less depending on your preference of heat levels. Again, taste first and then add.
*Lastly, the addition of the water is purely for consistency which again, depends on the PB brand you use. Add water until you get the consistency you want, or leave it out completely.

Place everything in a blender and mix until smooth. Makes about 2 cups.

Store in the fridge and serve on Thai Peanut Noodle Salad.


  1. hey ladies!
    Quick question – I made this (the whole salad) over the weekend for a bridal shower and it was a HUGE hit! However… I could not get my dressing to look ANYTHING like yours! It was a very unappetizing greenish brown color and had tons of cilantro specs in it…. what do i need to do differently!? Tasted amazing though! :O)
    thanks! Sara

  2. Mary Kelly- Kate just called me on the phone to ask me the same thing! Silly me forgot to write that down, but yes there is most certainly fresh ginger in the recipe. I'm guessing I put in about a tablespoon of grated, fresh ginger. Try that out and then add more to taste if you need it!

  3. In the pictures there is ginger but not in the recipe? Should I add a little ginger or is the flavor too strong since it is a raw sauce?

  4. Diann- welcome! I'm glad you found us. I have eaten at Rumbi, but it's been a long time since they don't have them here where I live 🙁 But if you want to arrange to have a Bali Island sent to my doorstep I'd be happy to re-create a recipe for you! 😉 I hope this dressing does the trick!

  5. I'm new here, only a 3 day reader. I noticed your web address on a good friend's blog and had to check it out, because I love to cook. Every recipe looks so fabulous and tasty, the pictures looks so wonderful!! I can't wait to try them all. Have you ever have heard of the restaurant Rumbi? My hubby and I love that place – I usually get the Hawaiian Teriyaki Rice Bowl and he loves the Bali Island. He wants me to try making the Bali Island at home, but I haven't the darnest idea how to make it. I've looked all over the internet and I'm thinking this Thai Peanut Salad Dressing might be the closest thing I could find???

  6. looks yummy, I notice you have a blendtec, do you like it? I am looking into getting one or a vitamix (sp). And am wondering why you picked yours?

    1. Vita mix! There is so much hype around blend tec right now. Vita prep has been around for a very long time! They are used in restaurants and for home use. We have had ours for 10 years and I use it an average of 3 times a day. Sur La Table has a lifetime warranty as well. Happy shopping.

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