This creamy Japanese sesame seed dressing has become one of our favorite of all time. Japanese cuisine is one of the kids’ favorite kinds of food. We often get Japanese food and along with that comes that delicious Japanese salad. My kids love it, so I had to make it at home for them. I am sure once you try it, you will enjoy it just as much as we do.
The Ingredients for Japanese Sesame Seed Dressing
Here are the ingredients that make this salad dressing recipe so delicious.
The Ingredients List
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise (veganaise for vegan version)
- 1/4 cup sesame seed paste (tahini)
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon sesame seed oil
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 1 tablespoon grated ginger
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons water (or more as needed)
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Make it and keep it in the fridge for up to 4 weeks. It stays fresh and delicious for that long – if you manage to not consume it all before then that is. It is a versatile condiment that has the perfect umami flavour. Plus it is healthy and doesn’t contain any preservatives and additives that store-bought dressings do.
Making this recipe is so simple. It’s just a matter of mixing everything together and voila! You have a beautiful creamy recipe that you can enjoy any day of the week. It is creamy, thick, and has a subdued tangy sweetness.
Blending the Ingredients for this condiment
I use my Japanese sesame seed dressing with various salads. It’s so delicious that it can be combined with so many vegetables and it will taste great with them.
I use a hand blender but you can use a full sized blender if you prefer. The first thing to do is grate the ginger. I don’t peel my ginger, but if you prefer, you can scrape off the peel using a small knife or a spoon. Scrapping is the best way to remove the skin. Ginger peel is so soft that it easily scrapes off.
Add all of the ingredients into the blender and blend. It takes a little bit of time to mix everything together – depending on the consistency of your tahini. Some tahini is softer than others, so how quickly everything comes together will depend on that. If it’s too thick, add water as you go to thin it out a little. If your tahini is of a thinner consistency, then add less water.
I start with adding 2 tablespoons of water to the blender and then add more as or if needed. This is a better way to get the consistency you desire.
Enjoy this vinaigrette with:
- A regular Green Leafy Salad
- I love to enjoy it with my Edamame Mango Salad.
- Enjoy it with my Crunchy and Healthy Vegetable Salad.
- Try it as a dip for my Gluten Free Chicken Fingers.
- Add it to your Burgers in place of mayonnaise.
Save any unused dressing in the fridge in an air tight jar. It will last up to 3 weeks in the fridge, so you can always make a larger quantity and keep it for daily use. Enjoy with a variety of salads. It will add a freshness to any boring salad. Just remove it from the fridge, shake the jar really well and serve.
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Creamy Japanese Sesame Seed DressingCourse: Salad, SideCuisine: JapaneseDifficulty: Easy
This home made Japanese sesame seed dressing is so creamy and yet so light. It’s better than store-bought and will elevate your simple salad into something special.
1/4 cup mayonnaise (veganaise for vegan version)
1/4 cup sesame seed paste (tahini)
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon sesame seed oil
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 tablespoon grated ginger
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons water (or more as needed)
- Grate the ginger – scrape off the skin / peel if needed. The peel is soft enough that not peeling the ginger works just as well.
- Add all the ingredients to a hand blender or a regular full sized blender and blend.
- Depending on the consistency of your tahini, add more water as needed. If the consistency is runny, you might not need too much water. If the tahini you use is thicker, then you might need more than 2 tablespoons of water.
- Enjoy with a variety of salads, including my edamame mango salad. Store in the fridge for up to 4 weeks.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Japanese salad dressing made of?
The dressing is made of mainly mayonnaise, sesame seed paste (tahini), soy sauce, sesame seed oil, sugar, and a key ingredient – ginger. Ginger makes all the difference in this recipe. It can be enjoyed with salads but is also great with blanched vegetables such as broccoli, or snow peas.
Is Japanese sesame seed dressing Keto friendly?
My dressing is creamy and yet so light. Its main ingredients are mayonnaise and sesame seed paste, so it’s definitely Keto friendly, as well as gluten free. Just skip the sugar. Try replacing the mayonnaise with veganaise and it becomes Vegan friendly.
Can you make Japanese salad dressing with Japanese Mayo?
The difference between regular mayonnaise and Japanese mayonnaise is that regular mayonnaise utilizes only the yolk of the egg instead of the whole egg. So, yes you can use Japanese mayonnaise in place of regular. Your dressing will be even creamier.
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