Creamy Sesame Miso Salad Dressing

Creamy Sesame Miso Salad Dressing

Simultaneous cravings for a thick and creamy salad dressing and for the nutty and warming taste of toasted sesame led me to come up with this Asian-style miso and tahini sauce for a huge carton of mixed field greens I had on hand. It turned out to be better than I could have hoped for, and it's almost substantial enough to make a light meal out of by itself on a hot summer day. This would make a great dip for fresh cut vegetables like broccoli or peppers or for whole pea pods as well.

Creamy sesame miso salad dressing Creamy Sesame Miso Salad Dressing
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Cuisine: Asian
Published on July 7, 2008

A creamy and slightly spicy Asian-style miso and tahini dressing with sesame seeds and sesame seed oil

Preparation: 15 minutes

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  • 1/2 cup spring water
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup miso
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 2 green onions, sliced, both green and white parts
  • 2-inch piece fresh ginger, finely grated
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 4 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • Put together the water, rice vinegar, miso and tahini in a mixing bowl and let the miso and tahini soak in liquid for a while to soften up. Mix together well, then stir in the green onions, ginger, sugar, cayenne, and sesame oils.

  • Toast the sesame seeds over low heat, turning occasionally, until golden brown, about 15 to 20 minutes.

  • Spoon the dressing over your favourite salad green mix and sprinkle over some of the toasted sesame seeds.

  • Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Makes 1 1/2 cups or enough for a pound of salad greens

Creamy Sesame Miso Salad Dressing


Anonymous said...

Looks beautiful on those mixed greens (hmmm. . . maybe a new theme for No Croutons Required: Dressings?) :)

Lisa Turner said...

Ricki, that's a brilliant idea. I just might go with that next time around.

Lucy said...

I second that idea of Ricki's!

Your leaves look so lovely, dressed that way.

Gorgeous, but substantial, too.

Peter M said...

Lisa, I love the rich texture of the dressing and I'd add some shredded carrot.

test it comm said...

That dressing sounds good! I really like a nice miso based dressing.

Chibog in Chief said...

oh my goodness..i am so inlove with this...and the dressing oh its so divine :-)

TBC said...

I too made an Asian-style dressing yesterday for some edamame. I learnt that I do not like the flavor of sesame oil in salads; tossed the entire thing.:(

Just read the comment above...Dressings would be a fab theme! I always end up with the usual balsamic vinegar based ones! I could do with some change.:D

eatme_delicious said...

I've never bought miso before but I know I should and when I do I'm making this dressing!

Astra Libris said...

Mmmm, I love sesame dressings, and I am absolutely in awe of yours! Toasted sesame oil, tahini, and miso - what could be better??!! You are a dressing genius!
(p.s. I fourth (?) Ricki's suggestion! :-)

Anonymous said...

I love miso and tahini combinations. They work especially well together on tofu, but I'd imagine they'd be just as great in a salad dressing. This is one of those really simple but useful recipes that I'll be sure to return to.

Suganya said...

Sounds fantastic. I may even add roasted garlic in place of green onions.