As I always say - great dressings make or break a plant-based meal. It's all in the sauce, trust me. This simple ginger miso dressing is quick, delicious and heart healthy. Add it to any salad for a wonderful meal.
One of my favorite things to order at a sushi restaurant is the ginger miso house salad. It's so fresh tasting and kind of sweet but also tangy.
Years ago I decided to replicate it at home using healthy ingredients. I am not sure how close this recipe is to the real thing but it sure tastes amazing either way. Light, no creamy ingredients, just sesame oil whipped in the blender gives that creamy type of texture.
Some other salads this dressing would be great on:
Ginger Miso Dressing Ingredients
What I love about this recipe is that I usually have all these ingredients on hand. This dressing is made from basic plant-based pantry staples so it makes it easy (not extra last minute amazon orders).
- Lemon juice
- Fresh ginger root
- Toasted sesame oil
- Miso paste
- Sea salt
- Raw garlic cloves
- Sweetener (optional)
See recipe card for quantities.
To make this dressing, I like to use a Vitamix or blender. You can just whisk it together in a bowl as well. But the creamy texture is from the blending.
Combine all ingredients in the blender and blend until creamy.
You can use this dressing on any type of salad. For this blog post, I used spinach. But you can shred carrots or beets or cucumber and zucchini. I made it once and poured it over thinly sliced cucumber. It was a perfect texture for the delicate watery cucumber.
Hint: you can add sweetener but mirin comes already sweet. If you are in the mood for a bit more sweetness try agave nectar in this recipe.
There isn't a lot you can do here for substitutions. But I have a few fun options.
- Orange juice - instead of lemon use orange juice
- Rice vinegar - instead of mirin use rice vinegar and then sweetened with extra agave nectar
- Olive oil - if you don't have sesame oil, use olive oil - this will totally change the flavor but it's still a delicious and healthy dressing.
This recipe is already very allergen friendly. So no need to swap much in that sense.
This recipe is great in that you don't need any extra equipment. Just a bowl and a fork or whisk (for whisking). I used the Vitamix to make my dressing extra creamy but it's not necessary.
Store dressing in an air tight jar. Keep in the fridge. Good for 2-3 days.
SIMPLE GINGER MISO DRESSING
- 2 cloves raw garlic, pressed or minced
- 1 tablespoon ginger root, grated
- ½ cup toasted sesame oil
- ⅓ cup mirin
- 1 tablespoon light miso paste
- ½ large lemon, juice only
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- ½ teaspoon agave nectar (optional)
- All all the ingredients into a blender or a bowl. Blend or whisk util everything is completely combined and creamy.