The most amazing peanut dressing with creamy peanut butter, rice vinegar, garlic, ginger and maple syrup. It’s savory, sweet and perfectly balanced.
If you love peanut butter or peanut sauce, you are going to love this dressing. It’s creamy and slightly sweet, but also savory with a hint of spice! It has a ton of flavor and is so versatile.
Not only is it great for drizzling over salad, but it can be used as a sauce for bowl meals and as a dip for lettuce wraps and spring rolls.
Trust me when I say that unless someone hates peanuts (or has a peanut allergy) they will LOVE this dressing. It has become a highly-requested recipe with our family and friends!
Ingredients and Substitutions
Here’s what you’ll need for this easy peanut dressing:
peanut butter – peanut butter gives this dressing the most flavor, but you can totally use a different nut or seed butter in place of peanuts. Almond or cashew butter would be delicious and for a nut free option, sunflower seed butter is the perfect sub. When shopping for peanut butter, look for one with just 2 ingredients: roasted peanuts and salt! Skip the added oils and sugar.
garlic clove – fresh garlic is best and makes this dressing so flavorful.
fresh ginger – definitely don’t skip the ginger in this dressing. It adds so much flavor.
rice vinegar – I prefer rice vinegar in this to stick with Asian flavor, but you can also use apple cider vinegar if needed.
low sodium tamari – this adds the perfect amount of salty, umami flavor. Tamari is just gluten-free soy sauce… feel free to swap with regular soy sauce or coconut aminos.
maple syrup – maple syrup adds a hint of sweet to tie the dressing together. You can also use honey.
cayenne pepper – this is optional but I like throwing in a pinch for a little kick!
What to Serve with a Peanut Dressing?
Once you try this dressing, you are going to want to put it on everything… trust me! Here are the recipes it pairs really well with: