This Spicy Thai Almond Salad Dressing will have you craving salad! It’s seriously addictive. Creamy almond butter and coconut milk mix with sweet and sour Thai flavors for a dressing that’s truly unique! This is perfect for allergy suffers or anyone who avoids peanuts – a great peanut sauce with almond butter.
Thai Peanut Sauce with Almond Butter
This salad dressing is so good, it was in need of a spruce up. It was originally posted in 2014 – one of my first blog posts! And I have been making this healthy Thai almond sauce for much longer than that.
I always loved the idea of peanut sauce — however, my life threatening peanut allergy prevented me from confirming the magic I believed it to me.
That is, until I decided almond butter would make the perfect substitute.
Thai cuisine is among my favorites — the lightly sweet sauces, coconut milk, the fresh herbs, ALL the ginger. This delicious salad dressing means you can enjoy your favorite Thai flavors every day if you’d like!
How Do You Make Thai Salad Dressing?
Thai flavors are bright and contrasted — so think salty, sweet, spicy and sour. This dressing ticks all those boxes.
As far as I know, almond butter is not a common ingredient in Thailand. This salad dressing is a spin off peanut sauce, not an authentic recipe.
In addition to almond butter, I use coconut milk. I love the creaminess and bit of tropical flavor that it adds.
This Thai salad dressing gets it’s sour flavor from rice wine vinegar (yum!) and lime juice, some saltiness from the coconut aminos (or soy sauce), sweet from the honey and coconut milk, and spicy from the sriracha hot sauce.
This dressing has caught on in the food-prep world — it’s the recipe that Instagrammers most often tag me for when they include it in their weekly meal planning. For good reason — these dressing makes a plain salad or some veggie sticks something you look forward to digging out of your lunch bag every day.
This dressing is fantastic on pretty much any crunchy vegetable or side salad (makes an AMAZING veggie dip!). I love the spring roll taste, so I usually make sure I have cabbage, basil and cilantro to throw into the salad– a really great combo!
Tips for Making Thai Almond Salad Dressing
Make it Gluten Free: If you use coconut aminos and not the soy sauce sub, this dressing is gluten free.
Make it Paleo/Whole30: This dressing is fine without the honey, so simply sub extra coconut milk in place of the honey for a Whole30 compliant version. You will also need to use white wine vinegar in place of the rice wine vinegar. I feel it loses some of the authentic Thai flavor, but if you’re strictly Paleo, this sub will work.
Thai Almond Salad Dressing
- 1/4 cup almond butter
- 1/4 cup coconut milk canned (full fat)
- 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar unseasoned, plain
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 3 tablespoons coconut aminos sub 1 tablespoon soy sauce if desired
- 1 tablespoon lime juice fresh
- 1-2 teaspoons sriracha hot sauce
- 2 teaspoons honey or sub date syrup
- 1/4-1/2 sea salt to taste (less if using soy sauce)
- Add all ingredients (omitting the sea salt), starting with 1 teaspoon of sriracha (unless you know you love it spicy), to a blender. Blend well for 1-2 minutes, until mixture begins to lighten and looks well mixed (the coconut milk will make it get slightly "fluffy."
- Taste, and adjust seasonings to taste. Add more lime or sriracha if you love those flavors, and use a dash of sea salt to bring the flavors out more if desired.
- Store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Coconut milk does go bad quickly, so this dressing isn't something you can have around for a long time.
- If you'd like the dressing to be "pourable," bring it to room temperature and stir well before serving. The oils in the almond butter and coconut milk will softly solidify when refrigerated.
OTHER HEALTHY SALAD DRESSING RECIPES:
- Lifesaving Lemony Salad Dressing, by The Endless Meal
- Thai Salad Dressing, by Genius Kitchen
- Green Goddess Salad Dressing, by Sunkissed Kitchen
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