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Sesame Ginger Dressing

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.

Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
5 mins

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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!

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.

ingredients for sesame ginger dressing on a grey board

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!

stirring sesame ginger dressing in a white bowl next to garlic cloves and ginger

How to make sesame ginger dressing

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

  1. Option 1: simply add all ingredients to a medium bowl and whisk together until smooth and emulsified.
  2. Option 2: the second way is to add the ingredients to a mason jar or this AWESOME salad shaker and shake to combine.
  3. 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.

pouring sesame ginger dressing onto a plate of salad

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

If you make this easy sesame ginger dressing recipe, please be sure to leave a comment below and rate the recipe so we know how you liked it. Thanks for your readership. xo!

Sesame Ginger Dressing

5 from 24 votes
pouring sesame ginger dressing onto a salad
Course Condiments, Dairy Free, Dressing
Keyword sesame ginger dressing
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Serves 6
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.


  • 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


  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.
Servings: 6 servings
Serving size: 1 serving (based on 6)
Calories: 98kcal
Fat: 9.3g
Saturated fat: 1.3g
Carbohydrates: 4.2g
Sugar: 3.4g
Protein: 0.4g


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