This homemade Asian Salad Dressing Recipe is easy to make, healthy, and so delicious! With rice vinegar, sesame oil, lime juice, garlic, and ginger this sugar free recipe is a simple Asian Dressing with tons of flavor. Give it a try, and you may never use store-bought dressing again!
There are so many things that I love about this time of year!
One of them is all the fresh produce that is available in the Spring and Summer.
I seriously get excited when my produce drawers are overflowing.
As excited as most girls do about shoes.
(Sad, but true. I had foot surgery in high school and have a bad relationship with shoes. You will most often find me in flip flops. I am sure you wanted to know that. :))
Confession: I often get a little overzealous in my purchasing of produce. I am working hard to reduce waste. It is a process.
One way I try to make sure what I buy gets eaten this time of year is to make sure that I have a salad every day without fail.
Sometimes I have a big one for lunch and a small one with dinner.
For years I ate almost the same salad every day, with the same Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing.
When they were small, my boys referred to it as "Stinky Salad" and would run away at first sight.
It was always good for a few moments of alone time.
(Don't judge - life was beyond crazy when I had two and three year old boys. I am sure I have blocked out much of that time, because life was so dang hard. It feels like I blinked and ten years had gone by.)
Years later, Skye would have the same response to my "stinky salad."
I still love that salad, but these days I rarely make the same dressing twice in a row.
I much prefer the variety of mixing things up.
When Skye was a toddler, and I was on a cooking strike (that is a real thing, by the way), hubby got addicted to a bagged Asian Salad.
I must confess, it was so good.
But the dressing was loaded with sugar and soy, two things I try to avoid. (I am ok with small amounts of non-GMO soy and do eat sugar on special occasions.)
Once the strike ended (about the time Skye stopped getting up at night and also started sleeping past 5 am), I decided to re-create the Asian Salad Dressing Recipe at home.
The result was this Asian Dressing, and it is a huge favorite at our house.
If you are in a dressing rut like I used to be, this is one you must try.
This Asian Salad Dressing is versatile and one you are going to want to put in your regular rotation. Try it on my Asian Quinoa Salad or Asian Chicken Salad. I also like it on a green salad with oranges. I've even added in some nut butter and used it as a dip for chicken.
I have found that I am much more likely to throw a salad together if I've got homemade salad dressing in the fridge, so recipes like this are key to staying on track with healthy eating year around.
Frequently Asked Questions for Asian Salad Dressing Recipe:
How Do You Make Asian Sesame Dressing?
1. Combine the following in a blender:
- ¼ cup rice wine vinegar unseasoned
- ¼ cup gluten-free tamari
- 2 tablespoons lime juice fresh
- 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
- 1 teaspoon minced fresh garlic
- 2 tablespoons dark sesame oil
- ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons Swerve or other sweetener, to taste
2. Process until smooth.
3. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
What Can Be Used In Place of Sesame Oil?
- You can substitute any oil for sesame oil. However, the flavor will be different as sesame oil adds a nutty flavor to the dressing. While some people find toasted sesame oil to be harsh, I enjoy the flavor it adds to this recipe
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5-Minute Asian Salad Dressing
- Place rice wine vinegar, gluten free tamari, lime juice, minced ginger, garlic, sesame oil, olive oil and Swerve in a blender.
- Process until smooth.
- Taste and season with salt and pepper.
- Transfer to a jar and refrigerate until ready to serve.
- May be stored sealed in the refrigerator for up to one week.
Variations for Asian Salad Dressing Recipe
- For a nutty kick, add in 2 tablespoons powdered peanut butter or 2 tablespoons peanut butter.
- For heat, add in ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper.
- Add in 3 tablespoons tahini and replace lime juice with lemon juice.
- For a fun variation, try adding in 2 drops of good quality orange essential oil.
- If you taste the dressing and it has too much "bite", try adding in a little more sweetener to balance the acidity.
If You Like this Asian Salad Dressing You May Also Like:
- Tomato Garlic Dressing
- Asian Chicken Salad
- Creamy Garlic Feta Dip
- Jalapeno Ranch Dip
- Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai
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