I like to dip things – from chicken fingers to cookies. And since I have a small obsession with chicken teriyaki, it was time to search for the perfect dipping sauce for my savory Asian dishes. This Chili Lime Cashew Sauce uses a few clean eating ingredients to pack huge flavor. It’s a perfect compliment to chicken satay, summer rolls, roasted veggies, or a crunchy crudite. Now that I think of it, I should probably turn this into a salad dressing somehow.
This recipe requires only 5 ingredients and is a quick measure-and-stir affair. If cashew butter isn’t for you, you can easily use unsalted peanut butter in its place. I’ve never actually tasted it that way – so let me know if it works as well as I think it would. Most of the other ingredients are probably already in your fridge/pantry, which is always a plus.
This recipe was inspired by an issue of Clean Eating Magazine that shared a summer roll recipe with a cashew sauce. I loved that I could easily whip up a savory sauce at home with real food, as opposed to buying one in the marinade aisle with god-knows-what in it. It was divine, it was the perfect dipping sauce, but then I lost the recipe. So, this is my best recreation and adaptation.
You can also adjust some of the flavors (like agave and chili paste) to your personal taste. You could also use a little water to thin it out if you like a drippy dipping sauce. Now, for dippers, I think this is the perfect dipping sauce for chicken teriyaki/satay. I won’t waste a post on my favorite chicken teriyaki recipe. It’s chicken tenders marinated in Soy Vay Veri Veri Teriyaki sauce, then grilled or broiled. Roasted cauliflower is another great (and vegetarian) choice that works well with this sauce.
This Chili Lime Cashew Sauce is the perfect dipping sauce. It uses a few clean eating ingredients to pack huge flavor. It's a perfect compliment to chicken satay, summer rolls, roasted veggies, or a crunchy crudite.
- 1/2 cup unsalted creamy cashew butter
- 2 tablespoons agave nectar
- 3 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce (or tamari)
- 2 teaspoons chili garlic sauce
- Juice from 2 fresh limes (about 3 tablespoons)
Measure all ingredients into a small bowl and stir to combine. Adjust flavors to your taste. You can store the prepared sauce in the fridge, but allow it to sit out for a few minutes to soften before serving.
For 1/8th recipe (about 1 heaping tablespoon): Calories 117 ~ Total Fat 9 g ~ Saturated Fat 2 g ~ Trans Fat 0 g ~ Cholesterol 0 mg ~ Sodium 229 mg ~ Potassium 7 mg ~ Total Carbohydrate 10 g ~ Dietary Fiber 1 g ~ Sugars 5 g ~ Protein 2 g