Asian Style Salad Dressing [Oil-Free]

Creamy & refreshing, this dressing pairs perfectly with fresh greens and makes them taste so amazing, you’ll go through an entire box of lettuce in one sitting. Just 7 ingredients, 1 blender, and 5 minutes is all you need! 
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I’ve been eating tons of salads this summer, especially with the heat we’ve had in socal. It’s just too hot to want to turn on the oven or stand by the stove melting away while stir-frying vegetables every day. Not to mention the profuse amount of sweating that occurs while eating piping hot stir-fries.

But eating a salad everyday can get boring — especially if you don’t have an easy and delicious dressing recipe up your sleeve *nudge nudge*. My tip for keeping your salads interesting is to switch things up! Salads can be so much more than just lettuce — try throwing in different veggies, raw or cooked, like carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, cabbage, beets, corn, zucchini, bell peppers, etc. — plus having a few different yummy dressings also helps stave off the salad boredom. (Keep your eyes peeled for future salad dressing recipes. 😉


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This recipe is super simple, with just 7 ingredients and minimal prep work. It comes together in about 5 minutes — just 5 minutes required for a super delicious and healthy dressing! Unlike some dressings that are loaded with oils and salt, this dressing uses fresh ingredients like carrots, onion, and garlic and requires NO oil — it gets its addictive fatty flavor from tahini and sesame seeds. The carrot lends a subtle sweetness while the onion and garlic provide a nice Asian spicy-ness to it.

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Once you’ve peeled your veggies, just roughly chop up the carrot and onion and then add all the ingredients to a blender or food processor, and voila~! Pour it on your salad and then save the rest in a jar in the fridge. Because there are no preservatives in this dressing, it won’t last as long as ones bought off the store shelves. BUT it’s so good that it’ll be gone way before it could go bad. It’ll be a little chunky after blending (from the carrots and onions) but that’s totally normal. You can also add a little pepper to it if you want a bit more spice, or if you’re out of rice vinegar you can try lemon/lime juice for a more citrus-y flavor. I hope you love this dressing as much as I do!! 🙂

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Asian-Style Salad Dressing (Vegan, Oil-Free)

Creamy & refreshing, this dressing pairs perfectly with fresh greens and makes them taste so amazing, you'll go through an entire box of lettuce in one sitting. Just 7 ingredients, 1 blender, and 5 minutes is all you need! 
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Dressing/Sauce
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: salad dressing, vegan
Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 1 small carrot chopped
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 3 tbsp tahini
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • water as needed to thin

Instructions

  • Peel carrot, onion, and garlic.
  • Roughly chop up carrot and onion.
  • Add all ingredients to a blender and blend to your desired consistency. Add water, 1 Tbsp at a time, to thin out the dressing if desired.

 

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