Thai Peanut Dressing

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his Thai Peanut Dressing is the perfect sweet-and-spicy addition to your salad! This Panera copycat recipe tastes amazing on everything and can be made low carb!

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Did you ever try Panera’s Thai Chicken Salad?! It was absolutely amazing, but it’s been discontinued. Call me dramatic if you want, but I was devastated! Thankfully, I’ve figured out how to create it at home–The chicken, the salad, and now the dressing!

The star of the salad is the peanut vinaigrette! It has the most incredible flavor–A bit of sweet from the honey and peanut butter but also the perfect amount of spicy kick. It’s not even JUST a salad dressing… It makes an amazing dip for vegetables or a sauce for wraps!

How long will homemade dressing last?

This Thai Chili Vinaigrette should last around 2 weeks in the fridge. Just store it in an airtight container and use it for wraps, salads, and dipping vegetables! It’s a perfect meal prep recipe because it can be used in so many different ways!

How should I use this Thai chili peanut sauce

I haven’t found anything this sauce didn’t taste good on! This peanut sauce tastes incredible in this Chopped Thai Chicken Salad. It takes your usual boring chicken to the next level as a chicken marinade and it also makes an incredible salad dressing or dipping sauce for sandwiches, wraps, and veggies.

Spicy Thai Salad with Chicken is a Panera favorite you can make at home now! This delicious Thai Chili Vinaigrette peanut sauce will be a new favorite.

Ingredients for Thai Peanut Dressing

Here’s a quick overview of what you’ll need for this Thai Chili Vinaigrette. For exact measurements, keep scrolling down to the printable recipe card.

  • Peanut butter – Smooth; If you’re keto, make sure to pick one low in carbs.
  • Honey – For plant based diets, use maple syrup. For keto diets, use brown sugar swerve, golden monkfruit, or sugar free maple syrup
  • Soy sauce – If soy free, use coconut aminos
  • Water
  • Rice vinegar
  • Sesame oil
  • Lime juice – Lemon juice is also acceptable, just gives a different tang.
  • Chili garlic sauce
  • Minced garlic
  • Fresh ginger

How do you make peanut sauce like Panera?

Panera’s peanut sauce is one of my favorite dressings and it is so simple to make at home! If you already make homemade Asian inspired recipes you probably already have all of the ingredients at home and if you don’t, no worries because I bet you are going to want to make this sauce all the time after you try it!

Just stir together all the ingredients until it is well combined and then set it back in your refrigerator for a few minutes so it can firm up and then drizzle it on every dish in sight!

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4.59 from 84 votes

Thai Peanut Dressing (Panera Copycat)

By: Olivia
Servings: 6 servings (2 tablespoons)
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Thai Chili Vinaigrette is a Panera Copycat of your favorite peanut sauce! It is a little sweet, a little spicy and tastes amazing on everything!


  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp honey, brown sugar monkfruit or sugar free maple syrup if keto
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tsp lime juice, or lemon juice
  • 2 tsp chili garlic sauce
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 tsp fresh ginger, minced


  • Combine all ingredients, mix well
  • Set in the fridge for a few minutes until the sauce has thickened



  • To make Keto: Sub honey for 2 tbsp brown sugar swerve, or keto-friendly sweeteners such as monk fruit or no-carb syrup
  • To make Plant-Based: Sub honey for 2 tbsp maple syrup  
  • Low Carb Version (using Lakanto Sugar Free Maple Syrup) – 2 tablespoons per serving:


Serving: 2 tablespoonsCalories: 80kcalCarbohydrates: 8.6gProtein: 1.7gFat: 5gSodium: 193mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 6.7g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Asian
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  1. Updated: Tried this on my chicken salad for my lunch this week and it was amazing. Will for sure start adding this to my meal preps. Delicious

  2. I can’t wait to try this. If it taste like Panera Bread, then it surely will be delcious!