Whether you make it spicy or not, this irresistible Peanut Dressing transforms simple (and healthy) ingredients into dishes that you’ll want to dive right into.

Spoon it over your favorite salad greens and crunchy veggies. Drizzle it over lettuce wraps filled with tofu or chicken. Or toss it with noodles, shredded cabbage, and bell peppers.

This recipe was developed by Kate Sherwood, The Healthy Cook. Have a comment, question, or idea? Email Kate at healthycook@cspinet.org.

Time: 5 minutes
Serves: 5 (Makes 15 Tbs.)


  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice
  • ¼ cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 Tbs. toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tsp. brown sugar
  • 1 red chili pepper, minced (optional, or serve on the side)


  1. Whisk the ingredients together until smooth and glossy.

Nutrition Information

Per serving (3 Tbs.):

  • Calories: 140
  • Total fat: 11 g
  • Sat fat: 2 g
  • Carbs: 8 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Total sugar: 4 g
  • Added sugar: 3 g
  • Protein: 5 g
  • Sodium: 530 mg

Photo: Kate Sherwood & Jennifer Urban/CSPI.