Peanut Sauce or Salad Dressing

by Heidi @ Food Doodles on July 20, 2011

First off, I have to apologize.  I meant to post this last week.  Or was it the week before?  I remember a couple people were curious about my salad creation and I was so excited to share it, but I had forgotten to take pictures and then I completely forgot.  Then suddenly, I realized I had lettuce and this dressing and I got excited all over again.  So here we are.  Finally.

Only a few people know this about me… I could(and occasionally do) eat peanut butter off the spoon.  And although I used to love peanut butters like Skippy with the added oil and sugar and salt, now I really don’t even like the taste of them.  We have a store brand peanut butter here that’s just roasted peanuts.  No salt, no sugar and certainly nothing hydrogenated, and somehow it’s the best peanut butter ever.  Yum.

On the other hand, my husband does not like peanut butter.  He likes peanut butter cookies, and spicy peanut sauce on his potstickers but that’s about it.  You will never catch him eating it off a spoon, ever.  Which is cool with me.

So here’s something I can make with peanut butter that we’ll both enjoy(not counting peanut butter cookies :D).  This sauce/dip/dressing, whatever you want to call it, can really be used on anything.  Use it as a dip for dumplings and potstickers, a dip for raw veggies, on fresh spring rolls, even over eggs, the list goes on and on, the only difference is how much water you’ll need to add.  So enjoy whatever way you like!

I used this on a salad made with romaine lettuce, some very thinly sliced red pepper and a sprinkle of peanuts, and I think roughly chopped snap or snow peas would be really awesome.

[print_this]Peanut Sauce

  • 1/2 C natural peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp honey(or brown rice syrup)
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1-2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp peanut oil, or another flavorless oil
  • red pepper flakes to taste
  • water to thin

In a small blender or mini food processor add all the ingredients except the peanut butter and water.  Blend until smooth, adding a tablespoon of water if needed.  This sauce is fairly mild flavored so if you’d prefer it to be a little stronger feel free to add more garlic and ginger and a pinch or two of red pepper flakes added at this point would be delicious.

Add the peanut butter and continue to blend.  For a thicker sauce for dipping I suggest only adding about 2-3 tbsp of water but for a salad dressing probably a 1/4 C of water or more.  Add the water gradually to find your perfect consistency.  The sauce will thicken in the fridge slightly but will quickly thin out at room temperature again.  Store in the fridge for up a week.  If the sauce separates just stir it back together before using.[/print_this]


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1 Shu Han August 4, 2011 at 01:57

i love peanut sauce! try this authentic singaporean satay peanut sauce one day if you like 😉


2 sally July 27, 2011 at 16:16

I love peanut butter and peanut sauce with just about anything. I’ll have to try this version.


3 Claudie July 25, 2011 at 11:18

This salad looks so beautiful and fresh! And I love the idea of a peanut sauce! I’ve often made peanut sauce for meats, but have yet to make it for salads. I think the time for that has come 🙂


4 Rachel July 25, 2011 at 09:44

Wow looks amazing. I’m going to try this tonight!!

I just made an amazing vegan recipe too!

I just started to blog so check it out!



5 Val July 23, 2011 at 20:24

I wonder if you could replace the honey (or brown rice syrup) with maple syrup??? It looks delicious though! 😉


6 Heidi @ Food Doodles July 25, 2011 at 17:41

I think you probably could, if you don’t mind a slight maple flavor. If you try it let me know!


7 Nicole@The Galley Gourmet July 22, 2011 at 15:19

Now that is a salad dressing that I can put in my year round repertoire. I love all those flavors!


8 Angie@Angiesrecipes July 22, 2011 at 13:35

Fresh and delicious! The peanut sauce would go perfectly with some cold noodles too.


9 Kathryn July 22, 2011 at 10:32

What a fantastic idea! This salad looks so good 🙂


10 paula hennig July 22, 2011 at 05:02

Yum I love pb too! Especially the natural pb. It’s worth the stirring! yummy salad!!!


11 Sonia The Healthy Foodie July 21, 2011 at 19:48

Forget the spoon, I’m a finger dipper! 😀 Oh, shoot, did I really say that? Shhhht, don’t tell anyone…
Want… peanut… butter… NOW!
Oh, and I am so with you on the natural vs fully loaded so called pb. Bring me the all natural! Much yummier!


12 kankana July 21, 2011 at 18:29

This is one healthy salad with a great sauce or dressing you used.


13 Becs @ Lay the table July 21, 2011 at 05:51

Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog because now I’ve found yours and it’s great! The only way I’ll ever eat a salad is when it’s smothered in sauce, and I especially love peanut sauce!


14 Lauren at Keep It Sweet July 21, 2011 at 05:13

I love anything peanut butter! This sauce looks delicious!


15 Manu July 21, 2011 at 04:56

What a clever idea to use peanut sauce as salad dressing! I love it!!!


16 Sarah July 21, 2011 at 00:26

Peanut flavoured ANYTHING is a winner with me! The salad looks amazing. Just the type of food I love.


17 cakewhiz July 20, 2011 at 21:54

good idea using natural peanut butter. it’s hard to find that and i am not too fond of using regular peanut butter with all those additives :S

your salad looks wonderful- healthy and tasty.


18 Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen July 20, 2011 at 20:44

I love peanut butter sauce! And I totally sneak a spoon or two of peanut butter every now and then! 😉


19 Maris(In Good Taste) July 20, 2011 at 18:31

This looks like a really delicious salad! Love the peanut sauce


20 Pure2raw Twins July 20, 2011 at 17:50

Looks fantastic. I used to love peanut butter but my body did not. Luckily I can enjoy other wonderful nuts!!! 😉


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