Asian Style Salad Dressing

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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.

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. 😉

What’s In It

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 doesn’t require any oil! It gets its addictive fatty flavor from tahini and sesame seeds, but you can use oil if you prefer! Just make sure to use a neutral flavored oil like canola, grapeseed, avocado, or vegetable oil — don’t use olive oil.

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!! 🙂

Still Hungry?

Try swapping the dressing in any of these salads!

If you make this Asian Salad Dressing, don’t forget to leave a comment/rating down below and tag me in your photos on instagram @ellielikes.cooking! I love seeing all of your tasty recreations 🙂 Happy cooking! ♡

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! 
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Dressing/Sauce
Cuisine Japanese
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 1 carrot chopped
  • 1/2 small onion chopped
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
  • 3 tbsp tahini or neutral oil (canola, grapeseed, vegetable, avocado oil)
  • 2-4 tbsp soy sauce adjust to taste
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • water as needed to thin

Optional Add-ins

  • 1 tbsp date paste, maple syrup, or other sweetener
  • 1/2 inch knob of ginger
  • 1 tsp white miso
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • pinch of black pepper

Instructions
 

  • 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.
  • Taste and add any of the optional add-ins as desired.
  • Store covered in the fridge for up to 7-10 days.

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14 Comments

  1. Just came across this recipe and your blog. I think I’ll have to try this dressing soon! In general, I’m not very fond of dressings, store-bought or homemade, but this sounds yummy and I love all the ingredients.

    • Thanks Tamara! I’ve been making this dressing for years and it’s still my favorite. Hope you try it with your next yummy salad and let me know how you like it! 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    I avoid oil as much as possible and love Asian cuisine. I made this dressing for some falafels I made and oh man so delicious can’t wait to try on my next salad.

    • ooh I’ve never thought of pairing them with falafels but I am totally trying that next!! thanks for the inspiration and I’m so happy you liked the dressing! 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    Loved this salad dressing. Thank you for sharing your recipe. I added all the optional “add-ins” but for sweetness, I used 1 pitted date.

    • Hi Alice, thanks for your feedback! So happy you enjoyed the dressing 🙂 and love the addition of dates – I need to try that with my next batch!

  4. 5 stars
    Pursuing alternatives to use with my “salad sandwiches” & this will definitely fit beautifully.
    Plus wraps, bowls, noodles…..
    Thank you!

    • Hi Pamela, hope you enjoy the dressing! I’ve been using it solely for my morning salads but am sure it would be delicious on noodle bowls or Asian-inspired wraps as well!

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