This Sweet Chili Thai Salad Dressing will absolutely knock your socks off! The sweetness is perfectly balanced with the savory flavors of coconut milk, peanut butter, garlic, and ginger. I challenge you to not want to drench your salads with this Thai dressing!

A hand pouring Sweet Chili Thai Dressing from a glass mason jar on top of Crunchy Thai Chicken Salad.

I have a friend at work who LOVES salad dressing. Seriously, when we grab lunch out or have a girls night dinner, there is always extra dressing involved. 

And if the waitress/waiter forgets to bring the extra dressing, you can bet that my friend is asking for some extra again. It’s kind of funny to me since I’m not a huge fan of salad dressing and when I do use it, I either really lightly dress my salads or keep it on the side for dipping.

But this sweet chili Thai salad dressing is different. 

I could drink this stuff by the bottle, if it came in a bottle that is. It doesn’t, of course, since I’m all about making as much as I can from scratch and ridding our home of highly processed food.

If it didn’t seem a little weird to refer to a salad dressing as luscious, this one would be luscious. Like, in every sense of the word.

A small white spoon is drizzling sweet chili Thai dressing over a Crunchy Thai Chicken Salad.

Ingredients

Here’s the basic shopping list for this Thai dressing but be sure to check out the full list in the recipe card below!

  • Sweet chili sauce
  • Rice wine vinegar
  • Canned coconut milk – full fat or fat free are both ok
  • Light brown sugar
  • Fresh garlic
  • Fresh ginger
  • Creamy peanut butter
  • Low-sodium soy sauce
  • Limes

Sweet Chili Thai Dressing in a glass mason jar. The jar is set on a black countertop.

Really? Sweet Chili Sauce in a Dressing?

Yes! Sweet chili sauce is a great base for a dressing because it’s just packed with flavor. The sweet heat from this sauce pairs perfectly with savory ingredients like peanut butter, coconut milk, garlic, and ginger.

And speaking of peanut butter, the little bit of peanut butter in this recipe adds just enough of a hint of an excellent Thai flavor to make you want to drench your salads with this stuff. Like this Crunchy Thai Chicken Salad!

Or perhaps dip your Thai chicken pizza in it! Or pour it over a cold noodle salad! Or drizzle it over some grilled fish!  

Whichever way you use this sweet chili Thai salad dressing, you’ll completely love it and you’ll definitely be asking for extra on the side.

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Sweet Chili Thai Dressing in a glass mason jar. The jar is set on a black countertop.

Sweet Chili Thai Salad Dressing

Yield: about 2 cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Sweet chili Thai salad dressing is a fantastic way to boost your salads and to marinate chicken and pork for roasting or grilling.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sweet chili sauce
  • ½ cup rice wine vinegar
  • ½ cup canned coconut milk
  • 6 tbsp light brown sugar
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1 tbsp grated fresh ginger
  • 3 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 limes, juiced

Instructions

  1. Whisk all of the ingredients together in a small saucepan over medium heat until smooth. Allow the mixture to come to a simmer and cook for 3 to 4 minutes until thickened.
  2. Remove the pan from the heat and let the dressing cool for 10 minutes. Pour the dressing into a resealable container and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.

Notes

adapted from How Sweet Eats

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  • April 2, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    I’m like you, typically light on the salad dressing. But I am a sucker for any type of Thai dressing – this one sounds delicious! Can’t wait to try it out, thanks for the recipe!

  • April 3, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    We love chili sauce in our house and my husband loves to put in on practically everything. We’ve tried a couple of brands but keep going back to Mae Ploy Sweet Chili Sauce. It’s a favorite of mine on Chinese Chicken Salad. I’ve made a version of your Sweet Chili Thai Dressing but would like to try it with the coconut milk. Thanks for sharing the yummy recipe!

  • April 3, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    sounds delicious!! i am a fan of thick dressings so this is perfect for me 🙂

  • April 3, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    Sounds amazing! I know what I’m having for dinner tonight 🙂

  • Val
    April 3, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    Oh yum! This looks great to use as a dip for the spring rolls I’ve been working on perfecting.

    • April 3, 2013 at 3:24 PM

      Yum! Spring rolls dipped in this stuff would be amazing!!

  • April 3, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    This looks delish! I will definitely prepare this over the weekend for salads for lunch next week and the spring rolls that I’m planning to try out this weekend.

  • Crystal
    April 5, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    Hello! I’m popping in again because I’m creating my grocery list and have a question about the coconut milk. Do you need to use canned or the kind that you buy next to the dairy milk? Thank you!

    • April 5, 2013 at 9:50 AM

      I used canned for this recipe. I have the remainder of the can in the fridge waiting for smoothies. 🙂

  • Kendra
    April 5, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    I LOVE salad dressings… esp. homemade 🙂 Thx for sharing! Can I pin this recipe to pinterest, Tara? I dont see the button anywhere…. hmmm. I’m new to your sight!

    • April 6, 2013 at 4:31 PM

      If you hover over the photos, there is a Pin icon that appears. You can also copy the site link and Pin directly through Pinterest.

  • April 8, 2013 at 7:10 AM

    Yum! We love using sweet chili sauce in our house and my husband loves to put in on practically everything. We’ve tried a couple of brands but keep going back to Mae Ploy Sweet Chili Sauce. It’s a favorite of mine on Chinese Chicken Salad. I’ve made a version of your Sweet Chili Thai Dressing but would definitely like to try it with the coconut milk. Thanks for sharing the yummy recipe!

  • Holly
    April 14, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    This dressing was amazing! This will definitely be a staple in my kitchen for summer salads. Thanks for a great recipe!

  • Alyson
    October 1, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    Delicious…I cut some of the calories using light coconut milk and PB2 instead of peanut butter, still tasted awesome.

  • March 2, 2015 at 10:37 AM

    I guess they would but lemon isn’t a flavor usually associated with thai recipes so I can’t say how great it would be. Let me know if you try it with lemons!

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