Peanut Lime Spicy Dressing

The inspiration for this recipe came from tasting a salad that was served drizzled with a tangy, sweet, peanut dressing and was divine. So when the kitchen served this on the condiment trays during a sesshin about eight years ago, Ryusho was so enthused that I thought better write it down fast before I forgot!

Then for several years, this recipe remained hidden in my kitchen notebook only to be resurrected recently to complement a Chinese-style dish. It was still divine after all this time and may be worth a wee write up here.


1 tablespoon lime juice
1 tablespoon cider vinegar

2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons peanut butter
1½ teaspoons soy sauce
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
Dash of sambal (chilli paste), or to taste
Salt to taste


  • Whisk all the ingredients together until combined and smooth. Or put everything in a tall jug and whizz with an immersion blender. (This is handy when sizing up the recipe for a group.)
  • Season to taste.
  • Serve over a green salad sprinkled with roasted peanuts.

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