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Sambal Chilli Lime Dressing

by The Devil Wears Salad

Time to add some serious oomph into your salad! This spicy and pungent sambal chilli dressing is balanced out beautifully by the juices of the citrusy lime. Definitely not for the faint hearted!

Sambal Chilli Lime Dressing

Giving a nod to Nyonya food, we create a salad dressing that is spicy, tangy, aromatic and pungent all in one bite. Nyonya food is very rich with so many flavours going around that you kind of need to reset between mouthfuls just so you can enjoy the individual tastes.

The strong pungent flavour in our Sambal Chilli Lime Dressing stems from the shrimp paste in the sambal chilli. Some people may get put off from the initial smell but the flavours combined with the lime juice mellows out and gives it the tartness it needs.

What is Sambal?

You may have heard of sambal chilli before but do you know what’s in it? Essentially it is a chilli sauce made with a variety of chilli peppers mixed with other ingredients typically including shrimp paste, garlic, ginger, shallot, palm sugar, spices and citrus juice. Making this spicy chilli paste is a great way to preserve chillies when there is an abundance during chilli season.

We are sometimes lucky to have fresh sambal at home made by our extended families but often we rely on the store bought sambal in a jar. They can be found in any Asian grocery store and it will literally say sambal on it. Get the normal sambal if it’s available. The preference is not to get the sambal with anchovies or the sambal with prawns. But if you can’t find regular sambal, either of those will also work well.

Not your typical salad dressing but a fantastic one to get the taste buds moving. It’s simple to make and fantastic to match with crunchy vegetables like cucumber, bean sprouts, four-angled bean or fruits like mango, pineapple and jackfruit. This spicy dressing would also be a delicious condiment with grilled fish, barbeque chicken or charred prawns.

Sambal Chilli Lime Dressing Ingredients

Sambal: For this recipe we’re getting a pre-made sambal paste. It’s again one of those Asian ingredients where there are so many choices. Whatever you do, don’t get the sambal oelek which you will see everywhere. It’s a completely different paste and although it would work, it won’t give you the flavours we’re after. Also, sambal always comes in a jar. Bottled “sambal” is just plain chilli sauce.

The sambal paste which would work well include; Conimex Sambal Badjak, Nasi Lemak Sambal or brand called Glory.

Lime: The lime is the much needed tartness and also the liquid to dilute the sambal paste.

Caster sugar: Using caster sugar for extra sweetness and to ensure there are no granules in the salad.

Sambal Chilli Lime Dressing Method

In a small bowl or jug, mix the sambal, juice of 2 limes and caster sugar together. Mix until the sugar has all dissolved. Super simple recipe.

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Sambal Chilli Lime Dressing

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Sambal Chilli Lime Dressing
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5 from 18 votes

Sambal Chilli Lime Dressing

Time to add some serious oomph into your salad! This spicy and pungent sambal chilli dressing is balanced out beautifully by the juices of the citrusy lime. Definitely not for the faint hearted!
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Salad Dressing
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: Dressing
Dietary: Dairy Free, Egg Free, Nut Free, Vegetarian
Food Group: Sauce/Vinegar/Oils, Seafood, Spices, Vegetables
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 23kcal
Author: Amy Chung

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp sambal
  • 2 lime, juiced
  • 2 tsp caster sugar

Instructions

  • In a small bowl or jug, mix the sambal, juice of 2 limes and caster sugar together.
  • Mix until the sugar has all dissolved.

Equipment

Whisk Small
Mixing Bowl
Measuring Cups & Spoons
Mason Jars

Nutrition

Calories: 23kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 209mg | Potassium: 34mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 17IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg
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Andrea Janssen August 24, 2020 - 6:46 pm

5 stars
So easy, yet so delicious. A great recipe!

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The Devil Wears Salad August 31, 2020 - 9:43 am

Thanks Andrea!

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Meesha August 24, 2020 - 8:54 pm

5 stars
Sambal is definitely a staple in our household! Never thought of using it as a salad dressing and I am definitely missing out !

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The Devil Wears Salad August 31, 2020 - 9:43 am

It is? Awesome! Should definitely try it out Meesha!

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Sarah James August 24, 2020 - 10:08 pm

5 stars
I love the vibrant colour of your salad dressing, looking forward to trying your recipe.

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The Devil Wears Salad August 31, 2020 - 9:43 am

Thank you! Hope you’ll enjoy it!

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Amanda Marie Boyle August 25, 2020 - 12:40 am

5 stars
Never heard of sambal, but can’t wait to try it!

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The Devil Wears Salad August 31, 2020 - 9:42 am

You;ll be able to find it easily in your Asian grocer Amanda. Hope you’ll like it!

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Sue August 25, 2020 - 1:32 am

5 stars
Wonderful and unique dressing. I love the tang of lime in this!

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The Devil Wears Salad August 31, 2020 - 9:42 am

Thanks so much!

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Emily Flint August 25, 2020 - 1:52 am

5 stars
We love sambal in my house but I never thought to make a dressing out of it. This is going to be a hit with my family!

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The Devil Wears Salad August 31, 2020 - 9:42 am

If it’s already a staple in your household, this is super easy to whip up for something a little different:)

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Taleen | Just As Tasty August 25, 2020 - 3:08 am

5 stars
I love all things chili lime! Can’t wait to try this, and I love that you included a salad suggestion to go with it!

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The Devil Wears Salad August 31, 2020 - 9:41 am

Right?? And thanks! You should try it with the Zucchini and Cucumber salad we have.

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Marina August 25, 2020 - 6:01 am

5 stars
Great chilli dressing! Love the heat of the chilli and the freshness of lime

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The Devil Wears Salad August 31, 2020 - 9:40 am

Thanks Marina. The lime really helps cut through the heat and also the saltiness.

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Akiko August 25, 2020 - 7:42 am

5 stars
I’ve never used sambal before but I love chili and lime together. So, this salad dressing sounds amazing! I’ll have to now go find some sambal to give this recipe a try!

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The Devil Wears Salad August 31, 2020 - 9:40 am

Enjoy Akiko! You won’t be disappointed!

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Robyn August 25, 2020 - 7:45 am

5 stars
I love the sound of heat and lime in this dressing, cannot wait to put in on my salads this summer!

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The Devil Wears Salad August 31, 2020 - 9:40 am

Such a great combination! Enjoy!

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Chef Dennis August 25, 2020 - 7:39 pm

5 stars
This sambal chilli dressing is really delicious!

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The Devil Wears Salad August 31, 2020 - 9:39 am

Thanks so much!

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Kerri August 25, 2020 - 10:57 pm

5 stars
This is packed with flavor! If you like a kick you’ll love this!!

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Swathi August 26, 2020 - 10:31 am

5 stars
This sambal chili lime dressing looks delicious I would love to try it as I am a sambal fan

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The Devil Wears Salad August 31, 2020 - 9:39 am

Perfect Swathi! Hope you’ll like it!

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Mama Maggie's Kitchen August 26, 2020 - 8:27 pm

5 stars
This looks insanely good. Yum!

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Lathiya August 30, 2020 - 5:57 am

5 stars
The salad dressing using sambal sounds interesting. I love the spicy dressings.

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The Devil Wears Salad August 31, 2020 - 9:39 am

Love spicy dressings too. Just a little kick it sometimes needs.

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