Sweet Chili Dressing


This lightly spiced sweet chili dressing is sugar-free, oil-free, and easy to make.  It is versatile and freezes nicely so you can have it available whenever you might want to use it.



Sweet Chili Dressing

Quantity: 1 2/3 cups


1/2 cup medjool dates — pressed to measure (soak briefly if very dry)

1 cup hot water  + 2 tbsp

4 cloves garlic

1/2 tsp red chili flakes — adjust to taste

1/2 – 3/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp crushed ginger

1/4 cup lemon juice

  1. Place the dates and the hot water in the blender and let it sit for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the rest of the dressing ingredients and blend until  smooth.
  3. Pour dressing into a small kettle, bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover, and simmer for five minutes.  Stir several times while cooking.
  4. Remove from heat and pour into a container to cool.*


* Once cooled, I like to store this dressing in the freezer, using several 1/2 cup storage jars, keeping one out in the fridge–this would only serve two people.  It keeps well in the fridge also for at least a couple of weeks.