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peanut dressing on salad

5-Minute Creamy Peanuty Salad Dressing

  • Author: Brook Hagen
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This is a thinner, lighter, and more vinegar-forward version of the sauce, perfect for dressing salads and using on meats, fish, eggs, veggies. It’s also a great way to use up a partial can of coconut milk.



2 tbsp fresh-squeezed (or bottled) lime juice

1 clove garlic (or 0.5 tsp garlic powder)

0.50 tsp red pepper flakes

1 tbsp soy sauce (or coconut aminos) or more to taste

2 tbsp rice vinegar

3 tsp fresh ginger, minced (or 1 tsp dried powdered ginger)

0.25 cup peanut butter

0.75 – 1 cup canned light coconut milk


  1. Mix all ingredients except coconut milk.
    • If using a food processor or blender: put all ingredients except the coconut milk into the processor/blender and blend until smooth.
    • If mixing by hand: Put the peanut butter in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 30 seconds at 50% power, or until the butter is warm. Then, wisk in all the other ingredients except the coconut milk until smooth.
  2. Add the coconut milk and continue blending, or whisking by hand, until the sauce is smooth.
  3. Taste and add more soy sauce/coconut aminos as needed.
  4. Enjoy as a salad dressing or light sauce for meat, fish, eggs, vegetables, rice, or noodles.


  • I use light coconut milk for smoother texture (not as thick and globby when cool), but you can definitely use full-fat canned coconut milk. Note that the fat and calories will increase if you use full-fat canned coconut milk.
  • Peanut-free version: Substitute your favorite nut butter in place of peanut butter.
  • Nut-free version: Substitute sunflower seed butter or tahini in place of the peanut butter.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Method: mix


  • Serving Size: 2 Tablespoons
  • Calories: 44
  • Sugar: 0 g
  • Sodium: 76 mg
  • Fat: 4 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 1 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 2 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: gluten-free, no added sugar, vegan, nut free version, dairy-free