A copycat recipe for the Chili Almond Dressing found on the Whole Foods salad bar. It’s made with creamy almond butter so it’s loaded with healthy fats and low in sugar. Oil-free, vegan, low-carb and gluten-free.

Almond dressing in a mason jar with gold spoon.

The salad bar is one of my favorite parts of Whole Foods. No shame there!

I love getting inspiration for new recipes to post here on EBF from different restaurants and grocery stores… and Whole Foods is the perfect spot for this! The Garlic Tahini Dressing from Whole Foods will always have my heart, but I recently discovered the Chili Almond Dressing and it’s quickly becoming a new favorite. Whole Foods carries it in their salad bar, made by Cindy’s Kitchen, but you can’t buy it on it’s own! So obviously I had to recreate it at home.

Chili almond dressing in a mason jar with gold spoon.

I love creating my own dressings at home because I know exactly what’s going in them. They don’t have to be loaded with oil or sugar to taste delicious. This dressing = case in point. I sweetened it slightly with one medjool date and used almond butter as a base to make this a ridiculously delicious but good-for-you dressing!

Chili almond dressing a small mason jar with gold spoon. Almonds in background.

A note on the spice: I used sambal oelek for spice which is essentially sriracha without the sugar, but you can also use 1 small chili pepper. If you aren’t a big spice fan you can actually leave out the sambal oelek or chili pepper for a creamy almond dressing that’s mild but just as tasty.

This dressing is amazing on this Asian chopped salad, but honestly I’ve been loving it on pretty much everything. What will you put this on?! I want alllll the ideas!

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Chili Almond Dressing


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: about 1 cup 1x

Description

A copycat recipe for the Chili Almond Dressing found on the Whole Foods salad bar. It’s made with creamy almond butter so it’s loaded with healthy fat and low in sugar. Oil-free, vegan, low-carb and gluten-free.


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Ingredients

  • ½ cup natural almond butter (no sugar added)
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon low sodium tamari or soy sauce
  • 1 inch knob fresh ginger, peeled
  • 12 cloves garlic
  • 1 pitted medjool date
  • 1 teaspoon sambal oelek or 1 small chili pepper
  • ⅓ cup water

Instructions

  1. Blend all ingredients together in a high-speed blender. Store leftovers in a sealed container in the fridge. Dressing will thicken as it sits so feel free to add a little liquid if needed.

  • Category: Dressing
  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: Asian

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 2 Tablespoons
  • Calories: 105
  • Sugar: 2g
  • Fat: 9g
  • Carbohydrates: 5g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 4g

Keywords: almond dressing, dressing, salad dressing

If you try this chili almond dressing I’d love to know what you think! Please leave a comment and star rating below. 

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  1. Love the crunch of this salad but can’t do bell peppers. Any substitute suggestions? Maybe chopped Brussels sprouts?

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