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This sesame vinaigrette is a delicious salad dressing for any Asian salad or marinades for meats used in Asian dishes. Works great as a basting sauce on the grill as well!
I love Asian salads. The ginger, the carrots, the green onions, and maybe a little cabbage tossed together with chicken make for an amazing lunch. Add some Asian vinaigrette, and the flavors explode!
What Is Sesame Dressing?
Sesame salad dressing, or in this case, sesame vinaigrette, is a very simple Asian salad dressing that works well in many different dishes. While there are many different recipes for it, a classic combination can include sesame oil, soy sauce, and vinegar, as I’ve done in the recipe below. I used rice vinegar just to keep the flavor profile going and added some spices to take things up a notch.
What Is Vinaigrette Dressing Used For?
In general, vinaigrettes are used for three things, as mentioned above. These plus other uses include:
- Salad dressing for green salads
- Marinade for shrimp and seafood.
- Basting sauce
Other uses include:
- Asian chicken
- Mix in some peanut butter, fresh ginger, and maple syrup for a delicious dipping sauce. (Whisk well)
- Try this over noodles or cooked vegetables.
- Goes well with pork
- Makes a great vegan dressing or marinade.
I’m sure there are some creative uses out there that go beyond the three highlighted things, but those are standard.
Is Sesame Salad Dressing Healthy?
Yep! You’ll want to use it sparingly, of course. Oil is oil and there is a fair amount of it here. But in small doses, there is no reason to consider this recipe unhealthy.
What Is Sesame Dressing Made Of?
While I can’t vouch for other dressing recipes, this is what my recipe consists of.
Rice vinegar – You could also use regular white vinegar if you wish, but rice vinegar has a flavor that works much better here.
Sesame oil – Most stores will carry toasted sesame oil. They usually come in small bottles because sesame oil tends to go rancid much faster than other oils. So don’t buy more than you need unless you have plans to use it up soon. You can use grapeseed oil or extra virgin olive oil, but the flavor will change considerably.
Soy sauce – You can also use coconut aminos for soy-free dressing. (That’s what I used here). If you use regular soy sauce, opt for low sodium. Tamari could also work here in a pinch.
Garlic powder – Garlic granules work too.
Salt – I used pink Himalayan salt, but use what you have on hand.
Ground ginger – You can use fresh, grated ginger if you prefer. Start small and adjust the amount to taste.
Black pepper – This is optional. If you prefer a dressing that is extra spicy, you can use crushed red peppers instead.
Toasted sesame seeds – Optional. You can also just toss them onto whatever you are using the dressing on. You can also toast your own seeds at home if you prefer.
How To Make Sesame Vinaigrette
Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
Serve this sesame salad dressing over your favorite Asian salad.
Storage For Asian Sesame Dressing
Store this in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. Shake well before each use. Keep it in a jar with a tight-fitting lid.
More Healthy Homemade Salad Dressing Recipes
- Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
- Honey Mustard Dressing
- Homemade Italian Dressing
- Peach Vinaigrette
- Thousand Island Dressing
- Catalina Dressing
- Garlic Lemon Vinaigrette
- Mustard Vinaigrette
- Strawberry Vinaigrette
- Blue Cheese Vinaigrette
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- ½ cup rice vinegar
- ½ cup sesame oil
- ¼ cup soy sauce (or coconut aminos for soy free)
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- ½ tsp. salt
- ¼ tsp. ground ginger
- ¼ tsp. black pepper
- sesame seeds (Optional. You can also just toss them onto whatever you are using the dressing on.)
- Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
- Serve over your favorite Asian salad.