Give your salads an Asian twist with this easy homemade Sesame Ginger Dressing! Made in just 5 minutes using simple ingredients, it will last for almost a month in the refrigerator. Here is how to make it.
A simple dressing can really change the game of your boring salads. Try a few more of my favorites – Green Goddess Salad Dressing, Avocado Lime Ranch Dressing, Mango Salad Dressing, Italian Dressing, Lemon Garlic Salad Dressing, and Red Wine Vinaigrette Dressing.
About This Recipe
Sesame Ginger Dressing is an easy, simple yet flavorful Asian-style salad dressing that will oomph up the taste of your boring salads immediately. Its nutty, sweet, sour, and savory flavors surely add a refreshing taste that complements the crispy raw veggies very well!
Not only salads, but you can use this versatile dressing for a million other recipes. I have mentioned a few ideas in the post below.
This vegan dressing contains some of the most interesting ingredients such as sriracha, sesame oil, rice wine vinegar and gets a spicy kick from fresh ginger.
It comes together in under 5 minutes using simple ingredients and can be refrigerated for up to a month.
Toasted Sesame Oil – It makes the base of this dressing. Its nutty taste gives this dressing a great depth and taste and a very Asian flavor. Use best quality oil for best taste.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Add in a little EVOO to balance the flavors.
Rice Vinegar – Rice vinegar is made by fermenting rice and it has a very peculiar taste. If it’s not available, then use regular white vinegar in its place.
Light Soy Sauce – It gives a rich flavor to this dressing. You can also use dark soy sauce in its place.
Maple Syrup – It helps to cut down the acidity. You can replace it with honey or agave nectar.
Lime Juice – It gives a lovely tang to the dressing. Make sure to use freshly squeezed lime juice and not the bottled one.
Ginger – Fresh ginger gives a delicious spicy kick to this dressing.
Others – You will also need garlic, sriracha, and toasted sesame seeds.
How To Make Sesame Ginger Salad Dressing
Combine ½ cup toasted sesame oil, 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, 3 tablespoon rice vinegar, 2 tablespoon light soy sauce, 3 tablespoon maple syrup, 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice, 1 clove garlic (minced), 1 tablespoon grated ginger, 1 teaspoon sriracha, and 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds in a mason jar.
Close the lid of the jar tightly and shake vigorously.
Tip – You can also blend the ingredients in a blender instead of a mason jar.
Use the dressing as desired.
Frequently Asked Questions
For a gluten-free version, swap soy sauce with coconut aminos or tamari. All the other ingredients used in this dressing are gluten-free.
To make this dressing creamy, add a little cashew cream, peanut butter, or tahini to it.
Use sesame ginger salad dressing chilled or at room temperature. Thin it out with some water if it’s too thick.
It is a great salad dressing. Pour a tablespoon of this dressing over your salad and keep adding more until you reach the desired taste. I love to drizzle it over my greens salad, pasta salad, potato salad, or raw veggies salad.
Use it as a marinade for chicken, tofu, salmon, shrimp, or veggies.
It can also be served as a dipping sauce with bread or starters.
You can also use this as a sauce for simple stir fry recipes, be it vegetable stir fry or a chicken stir fry. It even works great on fried rice or noodle recipes.
Add it to rice bowls or buddha bowls.
Top grilled chicken, roasted brussels sprouts, salmon, or other similar dishes with this flavorful dressing.
Store this sesame ginger dressing in a non-reactive air-tight container or a mason jar and it will last for about a month in the refrigerator.
Due to its last longing, oily and acidic ingredients, you can make it ahead of time so that it comes in handy whenever you want to flavor up your salads. Do not store it for too long otherwise, the toasted sesame oil will start to taste funky.
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Sesame Ginger Dressing Recipe
- ½ cup toasted sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 3 tablespoons rice vinegar (use regular white vinegar if rice vinegar is not available)
- 2 tablespoons light soy sauce (you can replace it with dark soy sauce)
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup (honey or agave nectar also works fine)
- 1 tablespoon lime juice (freshly squeezed)
- 1 clove minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon grated ginger
- 1 teaspoon sriracha (or any hot sauce)
- 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds
- Combine all the ingredients in a mason jar.
- Close the lid of the jar tightly and shake vigorously.
- Use the dressing as desired.