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Asian Salad Dressing

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This versatile Asian Salad Dressing recipe comes together in 5 minutes and is absolutely delicious on leafy green salads, steamed veggies, drizzled over beef, pork, chicken, seafood and noodles, or mixed in cabbage and carrots for a fabulous Asian coleslaw!

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Whenever we eat out at a Japanese restaurant one of the things I look most forward to is the starter salad – the one that comes drizzled with that fabulous Japanese sesame dressing.  There’s one restaurant in particular that makes our favorite Asian salad dressing.  My husband likewise enjoys it and for years would comment that I should recreate that dressing at home.  It’s taken me several years to finally get around to it, but here it is!

This dressing goes by several names including Asian salad dressing, sesame dressing, sesame ginger dressing, Asian sesame dressing, Japanese sesame dressing, and sometimes goma dressing (goma means “sesame” in Japanese is also where we get the popular sesame seasoning called gomasio).  But whichever way you call it, if you’ve had that toasted sesame-flavored dressing before you know what I’m talking about – it’s delicious!  The flavor is a combination of sweet, tangy, earthy, creamy, nutty, and bursting with umami.

As with most everything, homemade is best.  Not only because it tastes much better twith its fresher, more vibrant ingredients, but because it’s free of any junk ingredients and preservatives that come standard in store-bought dressings.  Plus with only 5 minutes to make it, there’s no just good reason to ever buy store-bought again!

How to Use Asian Salad Dressing

This sesame ginger dressing is very versatile for any number of things you’d like to jazz up with that incredible toasted sesame flavor.

Drizzle it over leafy green salads (it’s really delicious on spicy Asian greens where the earthy flavor sesame seeds is especially complementary), sliced cucumbers, blanched asparagus, beef, pork, chicken, seafood, fresh tuna and salmon, rice or steamed vegetables.  Stir it in cold noodles or with shredded cabbage and carrots to make a fabulous Asian coleslaw.  Or use it as a dipping sauce for shrimp, fried tofu, wontons, gyoza, or potstickers.

However you use it, a sprinkling of toasted sesame seeds and some sliced green onions will make for a nice presentation.

asian salad dressing recipe sesame japanese hibachi sauce ginger

Asian Salad Dressing Recipe

Let’s get started!

Simply place all of the ingredients in jar with a lid and shake until smooth and emulsified.

Store in the fridge where it will keep for up to 10 days.

This recipe makes about 1 cup of dressing.

combining ingredients in jar


asian salad dressing recipe sesame japanese hibachi sauce ginger

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asian salad dressing recipe sesame japanese hibachi sauce ginger

Asian Salad Dressing

Enjoy this versatile Asian Salad Dressing on leafy greens, steamed veggies, thin slices of beef, pork, or chicken, and on fish, seafood, tossed in cold noodles, as a dipping sauce, and more!
5 from 118 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course condiment, Dressing, Sauce
Cuisine Asian, Japanese
Servings 8
Calories 137 kcal



  • Place everything in jar with a lid and shake until smooth and emulsified. Store in the fridge where it will keep for up to 10 days. Makes about 1 cup of dressing.


Serving: 2tablespoonsCalories: 137kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 1gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 284mgPotassium: 17mgFiber: 1gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 2IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 7mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Asian Salad Dressing
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Recipe Rating

5 from 118 votes (112 ratings without comment)


  1. This is our favorite Asian Dressing! So easy & delicious.
    I didn’t have mirin & I added an equal amount of fresh garlic with the ginger. The small amount of mayo really adds so much to this dressing.
    Next time I will have mirin on hand :)
    Thanks so much, Kimberly!

  2. This was a great dressing. The only thing I did was used Coconut Aminos in lieu of Tamari/Soy Sauce and added 1 Tsp of Light Miso otherwise used everything as written including adding Mirin & Toasted Sesame Seeds…So Yummy!

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  4. I had stopped at the local asian supermarket because i needed a couple of ingredients to complete this salad dressing and OMG this is the best the flavor is top notch Anyone who wants to try this please do you will not be disappointed it is fabulous

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  6. This dressing is fabulous! I always struggle with the salad “course” when serving Asian food. All the dressings I know are more “American” and “Italian” I love having this awesome option. So delicious!