Sweet Chili Dressing

A quick, easy and positively delicious recipe for sweet chili dressing. No more boring salads!

Sweet Chili Dressing

So this is totally out of left field, but I think I hate ginger.

Not gingers, since I happen to be of the daywalker variety (fair skin, freckles, dark auburn hair, and only partially soulless), but that sassy, flavorful root type of ginger? I think pregnancy ruined it for me.

Every time I mentioned morning sickness, someone would lovingly tell me to “try eating/drinking/injecting some ginger!” I think for most people it works marvelously, but  sadly not for moi.

Thus ginger and I decided to break up for a little while. Despite the grudge I’m nursing, I still ADORE the sweet, super-refreshing ginger dressing they pile on you salad at Japanese restaurants. I wanted to make a dressing like that… but without reaching for my arch nemesis.

Then I found a cucumber in my fridge.


Sweet Chili Dressing

This sweet chili dressing is crazy good! I barely had any dressing to photograph since half of it went in my face the second I unplugged my processor. It feels oddly canabalistic to put cucumber dressing on cucumbers but trust me when I say that’s its worth the controversy.

This dressing is sweet, flavorful, and beyond refreshing!

Make this.  Now.

5 from 2 votes

Sweet Chili Dressing

A quick, easy and positively delicious recipe for sweet chili dressing. No boring salads here! Recipe yields 2 large portions or 4 servings at 2 TBSP each.

Course Dressing
Cuisine Asian Fusion
Keyword Sweet Chili Dressing
Prep Time 8 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 143 kcal
Author Jenn Laughlin – Peas and Crayons



  1. Put everything in your food processor or blender and pulse, baby pulse! How easy is that!?
  2. Since everyone has their own magic ratio of oil to vinegar, feel free to adjust those if you prefer your dressing more or less tart, I find that 2 parts oil to 1 part vinegar is a perfect balance for crisp summer produce.
  3. Store in the fridge for 4-5 days and enjoy any which way! It’s great chilled and at room temperature!

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts below are an estimate gathered using an online recipe nutrition calculator. Values are per 2 TBSP serving of dressing. Adjust as needed and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Sweet Chili Dressing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 143 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 232mg10%
Potassium 38mg1%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Sugar 4g4%
Vitamin A 55IU1%
Vitamin C 1.3mg2%
Calcium 4mg0%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

If you get a chance to try this Sweet Chili Dressing, let me know!

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  • Sarah

    5 stars
    This is so delicious. I have purple basil growing right now so I substituted it in and it gave a lovely pop of purple.

  • Denay DeGuzman

    5 stars
    I was super excited to discover this delicious, flavorful sweet chili dressing! I had all the ingredients here at home so no trip to the market was needed. Mmmm…it’s absolutely terrific!

  • Jolene

    The extremely awkward and spicy moment when you make this with siracha instead of sweet chili sauce because you suck at directions… still yummy though!

    • oh no! I promise I’m not laughing. Ok maybe a teeny but but only because I put sriracha on my cukes sometimes and it’s FIERY! You get to try the dressing both ways now! hehe <3

  • I’m all over this like white on rice… (sorry, I had to say it!)

  • Ooh yum that sounds great! Must try!

  • That looks like such a tasty way to use some of the basil from my plant that just exploded! Plus, I was looking for a good excuse to buy white balsamic 🙂

  • The recipe seems to be great and can we add more spicy to it?

  • Yum….I love the addition of the sweet chili!

  • Mmmmm…this looks like a wonderful dressing!

  • you had me at sweet chili! i love sweet chili any and every thing!

  • Sorry to hear about your fight with ginger 🙁 This looks like a tasty compromise to still get dressing deliciousness though!

  • I love cucumber. I can slice one up and eat the whole thing in one sitting. I will have to try it this way!

  • That looks delish! I want to try it this weekend if I can find Thai Chili Sauce. Yum!

  • I LOVE the use of sweet chili sauce in this!! I like a spicy dressing :).

    • Thanks Hannah! It’s not spicy but you could add red pepper flakes, sriracha, or cayenne to make it hot if you prefer a punch to the tastebuds! lol =)

  • If only I could cover the freckles on my shoulders….

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