Peanut Salad with Curry Leaf Dressing

We often look to the Western world for salads and salad dressing recipes in spite of having so many beautiful ingredients to work with in our country. And this point was driven home when I came across a simple salad dressing using curry leaves by Sonya Haritha. A shout-out to you Sonya for this wonderful recipe and also the major strides that you have achieved in the organic farming scene.

Instead of using this dressing for a vegetable salad (which I am sure will be spectacular), I decided to use it to dress up roasted peanuts. The warm freshness of the curry leaves, olive oil, lime and honey really makes this one a nutty treat!

So here’s the recipe for peanut salad with curry leaf dressing – simple, nutritious and packed with flavor.

peanut salad with curry leaf dressing


1. Peanuts (roasted, unsalted) – 2 cups
2. Curry leaves – ½ cup, coarsely powdered
3. Jeera/cumin seeds – ½ tsp, roasted and crushed
4. Red chili flakes – a generous sprinkle
5. Lime juice – 1 tbsp
6. Honey – 1 tsp
7. Olive oil – 2-3 tbsp
8. Salt – to season


• Roast peanuts without salt and keep aside.
• Roast the cumin seeds and coarsely powder along with curry leaves.
• To this, add lemon juice, honey, red chili flakes, salt and olive oil. Mix or beat well to combine.
• Pour the dressing over the roasted peanuts and toss to combine just before serving.

Note – Omit the chilli flakes if too spicy for your children. You could also try out this dressing with other nuts or vegetables.



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5 thoughts on “Peanut Salad with Curry Leaf Dressing

  1. Susie August 21, 2018 at 3:17 am Reply

    Absolutely delicious – instead of nuts I used it as a salad dressing over baby spinach, roasted sweet potato and avocado.

    Liked by 1 person

    • vanyadhanya August 21, 2018 at 9:09 am Reply

      That’s wonderful; such a great idea. I will definitely try your idea some time.


  2. Aruna Panangipally September 22, 2013 at 1:12 pm Reply

    How interesting! I will try this soon.


    • vanyadhanya September 22, 2013 at 1:14 pm Reply

      sure do and let me know how it turned out. You could also try it out with cashewnuts


      • Aruna Panangipally September 22, 2013 at 1:21 pm

        That’s a great idea as well. Peanuts first…. Readily available!


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