Not too long ago I was strolling the aisles at my local Trader’s Joe and came across a thai peanut salad dressing. Now I know this doesn’t sound too special but to The Hubby it is was a HIGE find. You see The Hubby loves peanut butter, he loves thai flavors and he loves sauces so really this was a perfect find for him.
Now the Trader’s Joe version is delicious but it does have some things in it that I can’t pronounce so I decided I need to make my own version that The Hubby would love and with ingredients that I know what they are…and then this thai peanut sauce was born.
Now obviously the base of the sauce is peanut butter, but there is so much more to it than just peanut butter. One of the things I love most about thai food is the balance of sweet, heat and freshness all in one, and this sauce has all of that. There is a bit of sweetness from the brown sugar (& peanut butter) then a little heat from the siracha, ground ginger and pepper and then some freshness from the lime juice and fresh cilantro. When all these ingredients come together they make for a perfect sauce (or salad dressing, or dip or marinade)…it really is very versatile.
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Since making this sauce I have used it for everything listed above but The Hubby loves it best as a salad dressing or sauce drizzled over grilled chicken or grilled salmon. Trust me this sauce is so, so good you will be inventing ways to use it…and everyone will love you for it.
Whether or not you are a big fan of thai food or not, this sauce is a must make. Trust me everyone will be loving it!!