You can use this Sweet and Spicy Almond Lime Dressing over salads, noodles, mixed with rice, as a dip or spread in wraps. It’s delicious, easy to make and so versatile you’ll always want a batch on hand in the fridge.

Sweet and Spicy Almond Lime Dressing with Cilantro and Garlic

Homemade Dressings

Dressings and sauces are some of the easiest things to make at home, allowing you to skip their scary, store-bought counterparts. I’m sure there are some okay store-bought options out there, but the majority of the dressings in the condiment aisle are so far from food I’m not quite sure what they’re doing there!

Ingredients that typically make it into my homemade salad dressings are olive oil, apple cider vinegar, balsamic vinegar, red wine vinegar, garlic, basil, dijon mustard, nut butters, maple syrup, sea salt, nutritional yeast and a myriad of other herbs, spices and raw vegetables. There are so many options and flavour combinations that you can make a boring old salad really stand out and this tasty almond lime dressing should do just that!

I don’t usually measure my dressings but I thought I’d write this one down just in case it was a keeper, and guess what?! It totally was! Mmmm, it’s so tasty. You can use it as salad dressing, dip for asian lettuce wraps or a sauce for noodles, it’s really versatile!

Sweet and Spicy Almond Lime Dressing with Cilantro and Garlic

Sweet and Spicy Almond Lime Dressing

This dressing takes all of about 5 minutes to throw together making it perfect for a busy weeknight dinner. It’s amazing with zucchini noodles, over spaghetti squash, edamame noodles, chopped salads and buddha bowls.

Salads to Use this With

This dressing would be delicious with any of these salads or bowls:

Recipe Notes

Make sure the almond butter you’re using is quite goopy. If it’s too dry you may need to add more water. If you don’t want it too spicy, just reduce the red pepper flakes down to 1/2 tsp or omit them all together. You can substitue the almond butter with any other nut or seed butter of choice. That’s about all you need to know!

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Sweet n' Spicy Almond Lime Dressing

Sweet and Spicy Almond Lime Dresssing

  • Author: Deryn Macey
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x
  • Category: Dressing
  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: Vegan
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A sweet and spicy, almond and lime dressing that’s amazing with tofu or over zucchini noodles, pasta, stir fries, salads and buddha bowls.


  • 5 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 tbsp packed fresh cilantro
  • 1/8 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 tbsp reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 3 large cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 3 tbsp water


  1. Place all ingredients in a high-powered blender or food processor and mix well.
  2. Makes approximately 1 cup.


  • Serving Size: 2 tbsp
  • Calories: 77
  • Sugar: 3 g
  • Sodium: 60 mg
  • Fat: 6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 6 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 2.5 g

Keywords: healthy, asian, sauce, easy