Apr
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Flavorful, easy sesame ginger dressing recipe made with simple ingredients. This healthy homemade dressing is sweet & savory, vegan and perfect for adding to veggie packed salads or using as a marinade.

Hi everyone. It’s time to go back to the basics on Ambitious Kitchen. Over the next month or so, I’m going to be introducing a few simple recipes you can use over and over again. First up: this deliciously creamy homemade sesame ginger dressing!

photo of sesame ginger dressing being poured on a salad

This easy ginger dressing is officially my new favorite chicken marinade, salad dressing and even a delicious stir fry sauce. I came up with it one night after marinating chicken thighs for grilling, and then the next day I made it again and threw it in an upcoming brussels salad recipe.

Am I addicted? Yup.

sesame ginger dressing ingredients

Ingredients in sesame ginger dressing

Toasted sesame oil: this recipe calls for toasted sesame oil, which has much more distinctive flavor than regular sesame oil. I highly recommend using it in this recipe. MY FAVORITE.

Olive oil: to neutralize the flavor, I also used olive oil in this dressing. Extra virgin olive oil is best!

Soy sauce: you have the option of using reduced sodium soy sauce, tamari (gluten free soy sauce), or coconut aminos in this recipe.

Rice vinegar: my favorite vinegar to use in this ginger dressing is always rice vinegar. It’s a little more traditional and mild in flavor.

Pure maple syrup: every dressing needs a little bit of sweetness to help cut the acidity. If you don’t want to use pure maple syrup, you can use 1 tablespoon of honey, but I think the maple offers a better flavor profile in this recipe.

Garlic: you know, because garlic makes the world go round.

Ginger: this is the star of the recipe, and freshly grated ginger is best.

Tahini: adding tahini to the recipe helps to create a creaminess. It’s completely optional, but I do recommend it!

How to make sesame ginger dressing

You can make this dressing a few different ways! The best part though? IT’S EASY.

Option 1: simply add all ingredients to a medium bowl and whisk together until smooth and emulsified.

Option 2: the second way is to add the ingredients to a mason jar or this AWESOME salad shaker and shake to combine.

Option 3: the final way to make the dressing is to add everything to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.

Ways to use sesame ginger dressing

1.) Use this dressing recipe as a chicken, tofu or salmon marinade. Place protein in a large bowl, then pour dressing over the top. Allow chicken to marinade for up to 8 hours, then pan fry, bake or grill. Yum!

2.) Use it as salad dressing. We have a fabulous recipe coming up that uses this dressing, but you can use it on just about anything — think quinoa salads, coleslaw, crunchy cabbage salads or even broccoli salad.

3.) A delicious stir fry sauce. Try it with this kung pao brussels stir fry or on any stir fry of choice. Use a tablespoon or cornstarch or arrowroot starch if you want to thicken it up while it heats.

sesame ginger dressing being poured on a saladWe hope you love this delicious sesame ginger dressing as much as we do! Don’t forget to check out our other healthy salad dressings.

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Sesame Ginger Dressing
 
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Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 4-6 servings
  • Serving size: 1/6 of recipe
  • Calories: 98
  • Fat: 9.3g
  • Saturated fat: 1.3g
  • Carbohydrates: 4.2g
  • Sugar: 3.4g
  • Protein: 0.4g
Recipe type: Dressing, Side Dish, Condiments
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Flavorful, easy sesame ginger dressing made with simple ingredients. This healthy homemade dressing is sweet & savory, and perfect for adding to veggie packed salads or using as a marinade.
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce (or sub coconut aminos)
  • 2-3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 ½ tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon freshly minced ginger
  • Optional if you want a creamy dressing: add 1 tablespoon tahini or cashew butter
Instructions
  1. Make the dressing by whisking together the following in a medium bowl or shaking in a mason jar: sesame oil, olive oil, soy sauce, rice vinegar, maple syrup, garlic and fresh ginger. If you want a creamier dressing, add in a tablespoon of tahini or cashew butter.

Recipe by: Monique Volz // Ambitious Kitchen | Photography by: Eat Love Eats

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Flavorful, easy sesame ginger dressing made with simple ingredients. This healthy homemade dressing is sweet & savory, and perfect for adding to veggie packed salads or using as a marinade.