Salads

September 2, 2019

Creamy Garlic Peanut Dressing

Creamy Garlic Peanut Dressing is packed with protein from whole food ingredients. Completely oil-free, this dressing is perfect on any salad!

I've been super obsessed with hummus lately. I want to eat it on everything. On veggies, on spaghetti squash, on a spoon... not sorry. Why am I obsessing over hummus when I'm supposed to be writing about Creamy Garlic Peanut Dressing? Because this dressing is basically hummus.

I dreamt up this dressing while wishing I had some hummus to put on my salad. I often use balsamic vinegar as my salad dressing, but my fixation on hummus had me dreaming about a super thick, sauce-like dressing for my salad. So I started brainstorming how I could make a salad dressing that was as amazingly delicious as hummus. Answer: Creamy Garlic Peanut Dressing.

It has a base of peanut butter (obviously) and chickpeas (surprise!). The chickpeas make it super thick and creamy compared to a typical dressing. This dressing has an incredibly decadent texture for such a healthy food. And it's basically like super smooth, creamy hummus. Perfect for drizzling all over a salad. YUM!

Creamy Garlic Peanut Dressing

Ingredients

This Creamy Garlic Peanut Dressing is like a sweet, salty, peanuty dream. It's slightly sweet from the addition of a teaspoon of date syrup. We don't want the sweetness to overpower the dressing, but a bit of sweet to balance the peanut flavor is perfect! Plus, the chickpeas are somewhat sweet too.

It's salty because of the salt, of course. I don't like adding too much salt to my recipes, but a bit of salt here and there won't hurt. Here, it definitely helps!

And the super star: peanut butter. Get yourself some unsweetened, natural peanut butter. The super thick stuff really makes this dressing shine.

We'll also add some garlic for that extra kick. It pairs so well with the peanut butter flavor!

How to make Creamy Garlic Peanut Dressing

Making this dressing is super simple. Just throw all the ingredients in a food processor and blend. We're using aquafaba from a can of chickpeas to achieve the perfect consistency. In the recipe below I suggested the amount that works well for me. If you want your dressing super thick, use less aquafaba. Or, if you want a thinner, more drizzleable dressing, use more.

Use this Creamy Garlic Peanut Dressing on any salad you'd like. The pictures here are just a simple salad I threw together for lunch: spinach, arugula, carrot, Hungarian pepper, kraut, and sprouts. Honestly, this dressing will taste great on just about anything. Enjoy!

Creamy Garlic Peanut Dressing

Creamy Garlic Peanut Dressing is packed with protein from whole food ingredients. Completely oil-free, this dressing is perfect on any salad!

Author:

Elizabeth

Serves:

12

Prep:

5

min

cook:

0

min

total:

5

min

Ingredients

  • 4 Ounces Chickpeas
  • 1/2 Cup Aquafaba this is the liquid from a can of chickpeas
  • 1/4 Cup Peanut Butter
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • 1 Teaspoon Date Syrup
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt

Instructions

  1. Add all the ingredients to a food processor. Process until smooth.
  2. Drizzle on salad and enjoy!

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August 28, 2021
Henry (Hank) Mader
thank you for the oil free recipe. I'm getting introduced to wild Bolete mushrooms here in Colorado, and everyone sautes Bolete's in butter or olive oil. I'm on a veggie, oil free regimen for heart health reasons. and your recipe suggestion may fill the bill. I can't wait to give it a try.
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This is so fun! Loving your creamy photography :)
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This looks incredible! So yummy and pretty photography