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thai spicy and sour salad dressing in a mortar
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5 from 13 votes

Thai Salad Dressing Recipe

This spicy and sour Thai salad dressing is bursting with the flavors of Southeast Asia! It's versatile, healthy and can be whipped up in just 15 minutes. Keep this in your fridge and say goodbye to those unhealthy meals!
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Sauces
Cuisine: Thai
Author: Nart


  • 4 cloves garlic peeled
  • Thai chilies to taste (I use about 35!)
  • 1 ½ tablespoons fish sauce
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 ½ tablespoons granulated sugar


  • In a mortar, pound the garlic and chilies with a pestle until fine.
  • Add the fish sauce, lime juice, and granulated sugar to the garlic and chili mixture.
  • Dissolve the sugar by stirring with a spoon. The dressing is ready when the sugar is fully dissolved.


  1. As you can use this flavorful dressing with many types of salad, you can make it in an amount that will last you a few days. Note that 2-3 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator is the longest you will want to keep this dressing because it contains fresh lime juice. If you store it for longer than that, you'll start to notice an unpleasant smell from the lime juice.
  2. While this Thai hot and sour salad dressing is made with fish sauce traditionally, you can use salt or soy sauce instead if you're a vegetarian or vegan. Just keep in mind that if you're using salt, don't use the fish sauce measurement and go easy on the amount of salt when you begin. Also, it's very likely that you will need more lime juice in order to for you to have enough liquid for your salad, and more sugar to round out the flavor.