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close up of white plate with crunchy salad. Spoon above dripping spicy cashew dressing onto salad, Small glass pitcher with dressing and green napkin on right. White background.

2-Minute Spicy Cashew Dressing (or Dip!)

Author: Janet Harlow
Course: Salad, Sauces and Dressings
Cuisine: Asian
Servings: 1 cup
This creamy, spicy cashew dressing (or dip!) has the perfect balance of flavors. This sweet, savory, and spicy sauce can be slathered on top of salads, rice bowls or noodles! With just 2 minutes of prep required, it’s so simple and so delicious
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Prep Time 3 mins
Total Time 3 mins

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  • 1/3 c cashew butter peanut butter for budget friendly or sesame tahini for a nut-free sub
  • 1/4 c hot water
  • 2 Tbsp coconut aminos*
  • 1 Tbsp rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp agave or other sweetener
  • 2 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1/4 tsp red chile flakes or 1/2 tsp hot sauce more if you like extra spicy


  • If your cashew butter is refrigerated, heat it in the microwave for 10 seconds to soften it.
  • Use a whisk, blender or
    immersion blender to mix this dressing. Cashew butter can sometimes be grainy and the blender or immersion blender will work best to make it super smooth.
  • Place all the ingredients in a mixing bowl or blender and mix until smooth.
  • Taste. Feel free to add more vinegar if you prefer it more sour, more sweetener, coconut aminos for more salty flavor or more chile flakes/hot sauce for more kick.
  • Store this dressing in the refrigerator and it will stay fresh for several weeks (less time if lime juice is used). It it gets to stiff, heat briefly (10-15 seconds) in the microwave and stir.


*Coconut aminos is similar to soy sauce but milder in flavor and less salty.
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