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Spicy Peanut Dressing

Spicy Peanut Dressing

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  • Author: Monkey and Me Kitchen Adventures
  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: about 3/4 cup 1x
  • Category: Sauces
  • Cuisine: Asian


Calling all peanut lovers, this healthy and downright delicious oil free Spicy Peanut Dressing is fast, easy, and the quickest way to savory peanut heaven that we know. Sweet, tangy, and a little POW of spice, this saucy goodness will make your taste buds come alive with its rich flavors and creamy texture making it this week’s awesome Whip It Up Wednesday recipe. This tasty dressing is perfect for drenching salads, dunking rolls, and dolloping on tasty bowls.

Whole Food Plant Based, vegan, plant based, oil free, refined sugar free, gluten free, and no highly processed ingredients.


  • 1/3 cup unsweetened unsalted peanut butter
  • 2 Tablespoons low sodium tamari *
  • 3 Tablespoons rice vinegar *
  • 1 teaspoon tahini
  • 1 Tablespoon organic maple syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon lime juice *
  • 1 teaspoon white miso *
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon chipotle powder*
  • 2 Tablespoons hot tap water * (see notes)


  1. Place all the ingredients into a bowl, except the hot water, whisk to combine and emulsify.   Check the consistency, then add some hot tap water a teaspoon at a time until the desired consistency has been reached. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.


*Tamari: We used San J Tamari Soy Sauce Gluten Free, Reduced Sodium. You can substitute the tamari with reduced sodium soy sauce, Braggs Liquid Aminos, or Braggs Coconut Liquid Aminos.

*Rice Vinegar/Lime:   If you prefer a more tangy dressing, increase the rice vinegar or lime juice.  If you prefer a more peanuty dressing, leave the recipe as is.

*Miso:  We used Miso Master Organic Mellow White Premium Lite Miso, Certified Gluten Free.  Miso really lends itself to balancing flavors when you don’t use oil. You can also substitute with chickpea miso for a soy free version.

*Hot Tap Water:  Hold off putting in any hot tap water into the sauce until you have mixed all the ingredients and determine if you like the thickness of the dressing.  Some peanut butters are thicker than others so you may need the hot water while other peanut butters are smooth, creamy and runny, whereas you may not need any hot tap water. If needed, start by adding about 1 teaspoon of hot tap water at a time, increasing 1 teaspoon at a time until you have reached the desired thickness (also see below).

*Dipping Sauce versus Salad Dressing:  If you are using this recipe as a dipping sauce for Spring Rolls, this recipe works really well as is.  If you are using it to dress a salad and/or noodles, then we suggest you add some of the dressing to coat the entire salad, then add some additional dressing on top of individual servings.  Veggies and cooked pastas tend to release some water which can then water down the dressing. By adding additional sauce when serving you get the full spicy peanut dressing experience.

*Chipotle Powder: We love the hot, spicy, smoky flavors that it adds to this dressing. If you are not a fan of spicy food, you can lower the amount of chipotle powder or completely leave it out.

*Sea Salt:  Please adjust the sea salt based upon your family’s sea salt preferences and/or based upon dietary needs.

*Makes:  about ¾ cup

*Storage:  Refrigerate, use within 5 days.