This fresh, delicious Chili Lime Salad Dressing is fabulous on any salad – it also makes a wonderful sauce for chicken, shrimp, salmon, etc!
Every summer I fall in love, all over again, with the ever-evolving parade of fresh fruits and veggies that the season provides. And I really enjoy coming up with new salad dressings that enhance all the wonderful fresh produce. This Chili Lime Salad Dressing is my current favorite and I’m finding myself drizzling it over everything!
This has been a pretty crazy summer here at The Café. After living in Raleigh, NC for the past 37 years, we’re packing up all our worldly belongs and moving to the North Carolina mountains, near Asheville. The big move won’t come until early August, but we already closed on the house in Asheville. We’ve been back and forth, back and forth (10 times now!) between the new house and our home in Raleigh, about a four-hour drive. Sometimes when I wake up at night, I’m not sure which house I’m at… and where the bathroom is!
There hasn’t been a ton of time to cook with all this going on… but with all the fresh produce at this time of year and a delicious dressing like this Chili Lime Salad Dressing, we’ve enjoyed some fabulous meals. In addition to serving this dressing with salads and drizzled over all of Scott’s garden stash, I love to grill a few chicken breasts or salmon fillets and use the dressing as a dipping and/or drizzling sauce.
Besides being crazy delicious, this Chili Lime Salad Dressing is almost ridiculously easy. Just throw all the ingredients in a jar, give it a good shake and that’s it! The only prep work is to grate a piece of ginger which I like to do with my Microplane zester/grater. But, if you’re in a big hurry (like I am so often) keep a tube of Ginger Paste in your freezer. Pull it out whenever you need fresh ginger, allow it to thaw for 10 minutes and squeeze out whatever you need. Then just throw it back in the freezer for next time.
Like I said earlier, this Chili Lime Salad Dressing is wonderful on just about any salad, but I’ve got a healthy, summery salad recipe coming up that showcases this dressing. A kale salad, loaded with sweet, fresh corn, pretty pickled red onions and the most shatteringly crisp, crunchy sea-salted almonds you’ll ever have the pleasure of meeting.
Make a big batch of the dressing today – and you’ll have a delicious week as well as being ready for the salad!
Café Tips for making this Chili Lime Salad Dressing
- Serve this dressing with any type of green salad. It’s also delicious drizzled over chicken, shrimp, salmon, pork, pea pods, broccoli, bok choy, cucumbers, zucchini…
- An average lime will yield about 2 tablespoons of juice, so you’ll need at least two limes to get the 3 tablespoons of lime juice called for in this Chili Lime Salad Dressing recipe. That being said, limes can vary greatly in their juiciness. It’s not a bad idea to purchase a few extra.
- How to choose the juiciest limes? Look for limes that have a smooth, shiny skin and that feel heavy in comparison to the others. Roll each lime on the counter firmly before slicing open to soften it and make it easier to squeeze. You can also put them in the microwave for 15 seconds on high power to achieve the same effect.
- This Chili Lime Salad Dressing recipe calls for Chili Garlic Sauce. Chili Garlic Sauce is a wonderful complex condiment that adds fabulous flavor to all kinds of dishes. It’s a mixture of coarsely ground chilis and garlic. I think it creates a magical punch of flavor for sauces, soups and salad dressings, with just one little spoonful. After opening, Chili Garlic Sauce will keep well for 6-9 months or longer in the refrigerator. You can find Chili Garlic sauce at almost any grocery store that has an Asian section. It’s also available online.
- Take a taste of the salad dressing before serving. Add more Chili Garlic Sauce if you like things a little spicier.
- Use a mild flavored olive oil for this recipe, not over the top fruity or spicy. I really like Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil for salad dressings.
Check out some of our seasonal July recipes from years gone by…
1 year ago – 10 Minute Summer Berry Galette
2 years ago – Garlic Herb Roasted Tomatoes
3 years ago – Lemon, Garlic, and Rosemary Chicken Skewers
4 years ago – Caprese Salad with Fresh Corn
5 years ago – Tomato, Avocado, and Fresh Mozzarella Tartines
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This fresh, delicious Chili Lime Salad Dressing is fabulous on any salad - it also makes a wonderful sauce for chicken, shrimp, salmon, etc!
- ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 1 tablespoon finely grated fresh ginger (or ginger paste)
- 1 ½ teaspoons chili garlic sauce
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
Combine all ingredients in a medium-size glass jar with a tight-fitting lid. Shake, shake, shake.
Taste and add more chili garlic sauce and/or salt and pepper, to taste.
See Café Tips above for additional instructions, tips and ways to use this salad dressing.