This miso sesame ginger dressing is sweet, tangy and intensely savory. We use two kinds of vinegar, rich miso paste, soy sauce and a ton of grated fresh ginger to make a salad dressing that is equally intense and complex.
This isn’t a delicate dressing: it brings a big punch of flavor to whatever you put it on. And if you love heat, go all in with the chili flakes!
I love to use this dressing in a simple kale salad, drizzled over roasted mushrooms, or even as a dipping sauce for crispy steak bites. Use it however you would use your favorite sesame dressing. You can’t go wrong!
sesame ginger dressing ingredients:
- soy sauce
- balsamic vinegar
- rice wine vinegar
- white miso paste
- brown sugar
- canola oil
- toasted sesame oil
- toasted sesame seeds
- red chili flakes
how to make this miso sesame ginger dressing:
- Combine shallot, grated ginger, soy sauce, both vinegars, miso, sugar, salt and both oils in a blender.
- Blend smooth.
- Stir in garlic clove, sesame seeds and chili flakes.
- Taste and add more salt if needed. Enjoy!
how to use this sesame dressing:
- Leafy green salads
- Grain salads
- Dip for crunchy vegetables
- Drizzled over your favorite lettuce wraps
- Tossed with a shredded carrot slaw
- Dipping sauce for steak, chicken or tofu
- Spooned over sautéed greens
- Mixed into cold noodles
- Drizzled over grilled fish
- Dressing for a rice bowl with vegetables
- Mixed into your favorite wrap (seared ahi, sauteed spinach and peppers anyone?)
- Dip for your favorite sashimi
tips to make this salad dressing:
- Use a stand blender for the smoothest dressing. You can also combine everything in a large, wide-mouthed jar and blend it with an immersion blender.
- Add a whole garlic clove at the end, along with the sesame seeds, to infuse garlic flavor without the bite. If you love garlic and want more punch, chop it up and blend it into the dressing with the rest of the ingredients.
- Start with a tiny pinch of chili flakes. I love spice, but in this dressing I prefer just a touch. Too much heat detracts from the other flavors.
The miso sesame ginger dressing can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days in an airtight glass container.
more salad dressings and homemade sauces to try:Print
miso sesame ginger dressing
This sesame ginger dressing is sweet, tangy and intensely savory. Layers of vinegar, miso and a ton of grated fresh ginger bring a big punch of flavor to whatever you use it on!
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 1 cup
- Category: Dressing
- Method: Blended
- Cuisine: Japanese
- 2 tbsp minced shallot
- 1 tbsp fresh grated ginger
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
- 1 tbsp white miso paste
- 2 tsp brown sugar
- ¼ tsp kosher salt
- ⅓ cup canola oil (or other neutral oil)
- 2 tbsp toasted sesame oil
- 1 garlic clove, smashed
- 1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
- Pinch of red chili flakes, or to taste
- Combine shallot, ginger, soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, rice wine vinegar, miso paste, brown sugar, salt, canola oil and toasted sesame oil in a blender.
- Blend on high until thick and smooth, about 2 minutes.
- Transfer to a jar and stir in garlic clove, sesame seeds and chili flakes.
Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.
- Serving Size: 2 tbsp
- Calories: 132
- Sugar: 1.8g
- Sodium: 340mg
- Fat: 13g
- Saturated Fat: 1.2g
- Unsaturated Fat: 11.4g
- Trans Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 3.3g
- Fiber: 0.4g
- Protein: 0.9g
- Cholesterol: 0mg
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