Recipe: Soy-Sesame Vinaigrette

A sensational dressing for practically any salad!
Sesame vinaigrette in a ramikin for dipping

Mixed with some simple salad greens, our dressing is a standout recipe. And the ginger and garlic add an anti-inflammatory boost! Who couldn’t use that?

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  • 2 tablespoons peeled, chopped fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoons chopped garlic
  • 1/4 cup toasted sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup peanut oil
  • 1/2 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/2 cup mirin
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons water


  1. Combine the ginger, red pepper flakes, sesame oil and peanut oil in a blender and puree until creamy. 
  2. Pour the mixture into a medium sauté pan and cook, stirring over low heat until aromatic and golden in color, about 6 minutes.
  3. Add the vinegar, mirin, soy sauce and sugar to the sauté pan.
  4. In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch mixture into the contents of the pan.
  5. Set the pan over low heat and bring the mixture to a boil to thicken, stirring to dissolve the sugar, about 2 minutes.
  6. Transfer the dressing to a bowl and let cool.
  7. Cover and refrigerate for up to one week.

Nutrition information (per serving)

Makes 32 servings
Serving size = 2 tablespoons

Calories: 50
Total fat: 3.5 g  
Saturated fat: 0.5 g
Trans fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 4 g
Sodium: 290 mg
Total carbohydrate: 4 g
Fiber: 0 g
Sugar: 4 g
Protein: 0 g

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