Must-Have Asian Salad Dressing (three recipes)

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These three Asian salad dressing recipes are too good to pass up. Each one takes just two minutes to make, and they last for weeks in the fridge. And they’re not just for salad; they make great sauces for noodle bowls, roasted and steamed veggies, and even dipping sauces.

Three Must-Have Asian Salad Dressing Recipes - Each takes just two minutes to make, and these sauces last for weeks in the fridge. It is the best item to have on hand for whipping up a quick and healthy dinner in no time. {Vegan, Gluten Free adaptable}

Despite the fact that I prefer to cook and serve fresh meals every day, whenever I can, the opposite applies when it comes to making salad dressings or sauces. Pulling out all the bottles and spices, then returning them is just too much of a hassle when I’m trying to whip up dinner in 15 minutes.

For a long time, I just used olive oil and vinegar to season my salad. Then things got a bit out of hand. My husband and I were bored with the same dressing, so we started to pour bottled mayonnaise and ranch dressing onto our daily meals. Not very helpful when we’re trying to stay healthy and lose the extra few pounds from our last trip.

Lately we’ve been exploring all the cool dishes we can make with our new Vitamix (Ascent Series blender). One of the first things I did was start to make salad dressing in bigger batches on the weekend and serve it over the next couple weeks. Making three salad dressings was such a breeze when I could clean up my Vitamix using its self-cleaning function.

Today I want to share three of our favorite Asian salad dressing recipes with you—vegan sriracha mayo, Chinese sesame, and Japanese miso.

Three Must-Have Asian Salad Dressing Recipes - Each takes just two minutes to make, and these sauces last for weeks in the fridge. It is the best item to have on hand for whipping up a quick and healthy dinner in no time. {Vegan, Gluten Free adaptable}

Three Must-Have Asian Salad Dressing Recipes - Each takes just two minutes to make, and these sauces last for weeks in the fridge. It is the best item to have on hand for whipping up a quick and healthy dinner in no time. {Vegan, Gluten Free adaptable}

How to use Asian salad dressing

These dressings are so versatile that they go great with both Asian and Western food. Let’s look at what you can do with them:

  1. Easy salad in no time.

Simply purchase a box of mixed greens and mix it with any of the sauces. To make the salad more interesting, use sliced tomatoes, onions, canned artichokes, sun-dried tomatoes, olives, and/or cheese.

  1. One-bowl dinner made easy.

When the weather gets cold, we use the the dressing on roasted veggies and noodle bowls. Here are some examples of the dishes I made with these dressings:

  • Vegan sriracha mayo: Charred cauliflower with spinach, pistachios, dates, mint, and chickpeas, garnished with pomegranate seeds.
  • Chinese sesame dressing: Soba noodles with crispy tofu, baby bok choy, and mushrooms, garnished with green onion.
  • Japanese miso dressing: Steamed squash, kale, white beans, pumpkin seeds, and ricotta, garnished with sage.

Three Must-Have Asian Salad Dressing Recipes - Each takes just two minutes to make, and these sauces last for weeks in the fridge. It is the best item to have on hand for whipping up a quick and healthy dinner in no time. {Vegan, Gluten Free adaptable}

  1. Awesome things to bring to a potluck.

Because they work great as dipping sauces, you can also pair these dressings with chips, crackers, and veggie sticks.

  1. A homemade gift for holidays and special occasions.

These dressings are perfect edible gifts because they are easy to transport and stay good for quite a long time. You can use either mason jars or glass bottles to give them an artisanal feel.

Give any of these sauces a try and you’ll be surprised how easy it is to make great salad dressing that tastes way better than bottled sauce!

Three Must-Have Asian Salad Dressing Recipes - Each takes just two minutes to make, and these sauces last for weeks in the fridge. It is the best item to have on hand for whipping up a quick and healthy dinner in no time. {Vegan, Gluten Free adaptable}

Vitamix giveaway! (Closed)

Here comes the exciting news – to celebrate the upcoming holidays, I’m partnering with Vitamix to give away a Vitamix A3500 (Ascent Series) to one lucky winner. Enter for a chance to win so you can start making delicious salad dressing in your own kitchen!

How to enter

  1. Follow Vitamix on Instagram and tag a friend. (*required)
  2. Leave a comment at the bottom of this post answering “What you would make if you had a Vitamix?” plus your Instagram handle. (*required)
  3. (Bonus entries) Tag one or more friend(s) on Instagram. For each friend you tag, leave a separate comment at the bottom of this blog post with your Instagram handle and your friend’s Instagram handle.

You must complete the first two steps to enter the giveaway and you have unlimited bonus entries to increase your chance of winning.

Giveaway rules

  • This giveaway will be open on November 30th (Thursday) and will close on December 9th (Saturday) at 11:59 pm CST.
  • This giveaway is open to U.S. residents 18 years of age or older.
  • One winner will be selected via Random.org and contacted via email so please include a valid email address in the email address entry box (Your email address won’t appear in the comments below).
  • The winner is required to respond within 48 hours to claim the prize.

Good luck and I hope you win!

Congratulations Karen D for winning the giveaway!

Three Must-Have Asian Salad Dressing Recipes - Each takes just two minutes to make, and these sauces last for weeks in the fridge. It is the best item to have on hand for whipping up a quick and healthy dinner in no time. {Vegan, Gluten Free adaptable}

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Must-Have Asian Salad Dressing (three recipes) & A Vitamix Giveaway!


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  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Non-cook
  • Cuisine: Asian

Description

Each takes just two minutes to make, and these sauces last for weeks in the fridge. It is the best item to have on hand for whipping up a quick and healthy dinner in no time. {Vegan, Gluten Free adaptable}


Ingredients

Sriracha mayo (Yields 2 1/2 cups dressing)

  • 1 1/2 cup grapeseed oil (or vegetable oil)
  • 1/3 cup of the liquid from 1 can of chickpeas, plus 24 whole chickpeas
  • 1/3 cup sriracha sauce
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon agave syrup (or sugar)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Chinese sesame dressing (Yields 2 1/2 cups dressing)

  • 2/3 cup Chinkiang vinegar (*footnote 1)
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons soy sauce (or tamari for gluten-free)
  • 1/2 heaping cup unsalted natural peanut butter (*footnote 2)
  • 1/3 cup agave syrup (or sugar)
  • 1/4 cup toasted sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons ginger powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

Japanese miso dressing (Yields 1 1/2 cups dressing)

  • 1/2 cup miso paste
  • 1/3 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water (*footnote 3)
  • 1/4 cup grapeseed oil (or vegetable oil)
  • 3 tablespoons cup agave syrup (or sugar)
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil

Instructions

  1. For each dressing, add all the ingredients into a blender (I used my Vitamix). Start at low speed and gradually increase to high, until everything is incorporated into a consistent texture. The total blending time for each dressing should be about 20 seconds.
  2. Store the dressings in airtight containers in the fridge for 2 to 3 weeks. I suspect they could stay good longer but you probably won’t get a chance to test it out because you’ll finish all three bottles in no time.

Notes

  1. Use rice vinegar if you need to create a gluten-free dressing. The flavor profile of the dressing will change and become less pungent, but it will remain tasty.
  2. The consistency of peanut butters varies a lot. If you find your dressing too thin, add 1 to 2 tablespoons more peanut butter.
  3. If you plan to store the dressing for a long time, boil some water and then let it cool down before adding to the dressing. This process will sanitize the water so it stays good for longer.

Three Must-Have Asian Salad Dressing Recipes - Each takes just two minutes to make, and these sauces last for weeks in the fridge. It is the best item to have on hand for whipping up a quick and healthy dinner in no time. {Vegan, Gluten Free adaptable}

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146 thoughts on “Must-Have Asian Salad Dressing (three recipes)

  1. Lexadigm

    Well, I killed my aunt’s blender a week ago trying to make potato-leek soup, and I probably wore it down quite a bit before that making squash soups… so I obviously need a Vitamix so I can make more soups! 👹 @lexadigm

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  2. Tyler Johnson

    @coastaltj if I had a Vitamix I’d blend my fermented chillis into a very thin hot sauce! Then make a ton of variations by adding more ingredients into the blender.

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  3. Varsha Agarwal

    I’d make malai kofta if I had a Vitamix. It’s an Indian curry made of cashews, tomatoes and onions with cheese and potato dumplings. Absolutely delicious!! @varsha.agrawal

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  4. Kristi

    Beautiful mouthwatering pictures as always! If given a vitamix, first thing I’d make is a ton of smooth anko! Because red bean paste – they’re life! @mochicheek1

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  5. Apostolia

    I would make more often and bigger amounts of homemade almond/cashews/peanut butter.also arugula pesto, soups and smoothies. @apostoliapapoua

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  6. Sariah Sebastian

    I would make fillings for custard pies with a Vitamix 🙂 I’m making a orange/honey one this weekend and this blender would be perfect for something like that! @sariahseb

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  7. Darcie

    If I had a vitamix, I would make my yummy TX style salsa and some green tomatillo salsa! Handle is @gourmet.creative
    Thanks for doing this Maggie!

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  8. Darcie

    Your comment management program doesn’t like me sending multiple comments with my Instagram handle with a friend’s. It says “duplicate comment detected”. May be a problem for others too?

    @gourmet.creative
    @quiltmom28

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  9. Sarah

    I’m the @spreadsheetqueen on Insta, and the shorter question would be what wouldn’t I put in a Vitamix!
    From bomb soups, to mayo and salad dressings like your post, and blending up fruit for ice creams and sorbets. I have always thought it would be fun to have a REAL blender. 😍

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  10. Bonnie Redfield

    I have severe food allergies that often lead to me having to make a separate meals for myself from those I make for my husband and two year old. I would love a Vitamix to make soups and smoothies to freeze so that my own meal preparation would be less time consuming. I would also use it to make food for my daughter and hide veggies in it that she won’t recognize so that she is always eating something healthy. @bonnieredfield

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  11. Karen

    I would make green smoothies and hummus. My 10 year old Oster blender leaves large chunks of fruit in my smoothie 🙁

    @leahgurl1

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  12. Julia Benitez

    I would make a fruit smoothie for me and my husband every morning, plus peanut butter, pesto, salsa, and spinach soup intermittently! @juliebgoode @jmpedron

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  13. Ocean Soul Fitness

    If I had a Vitamin I would buy some blue Majik and make a mermaid nice cream bowl ❄️🥥🌈⚡️ @ocean.soul.fitness

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  14. Hope

    Love Seame dressing! Definitely will try to make your Seame dressing , gochujang paste, lemongrass sauce, chamoy sauce for my fruit drinks, more thai fish cakes, soy milk, and so much more too.😋

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    1. Hope

      Forgot my IG @hellocreativehope
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      Definitely will try to make your Seame dressing , gochujang paste, lemongrass sauce, chamoy sauce for my fruit drinks, more thai fish cakes, soy milk, and so much more too.

      Reply
  15. Oiying Malcolm

    I would make different sauces such as peanut sauce. It’s my favorite. I would also make soups, marinates and smoothies. Love your website as well. IG @anerdyowl23

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  16. Alivninjas

    What I’d make if I had a vitamix…first thing I’d make is your 3 dressing because I’m always in the market for a really good dressing. Then something wonderful for my kids

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  17. Sarah K

    If I had a Vitamix, I would make all the things! Salsa, these salad dressings, smoothies, soups, etc. it is on my wishlist.

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  18. Sarah K

    Oops. Forgot my instagram handle @yuxin17- I would make salsa and soup and salad dressing and smoothies and all kinds of wonderful things!

    Reply
  19. Michele Tan

    @michelettttt if I had a Vitamix I’d be making sambal belacan (Malaysian condiment) so that I can serve up Nasi Lemak as I wish!

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  20. Alexandra Robertson

    If I had a Vitamix I would make almond butter and smoothies galore! Instagram is @alexandrarobertson7

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  21. Christine Morgan

    I just love everything you sent me, recipes are fabulous. Pictures are fantastic, it would be great doing this for 2018.

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  22. Stephanie Smoot

    My family size went from 2 to six in a month! Your recipes are light and easy to make. A Vitamix would definetly help me venture out and try even more of for recipes for my now family size of six (relief face) and cut my cooking time down. Plus, my sis in law is from a different country. She loves to cook with me in the kitchen so trying new recipes will make our bound even stronger….not to mention the men we now have to feed!

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  23. Lynne B

    I would use it to make our daily smoothies. This Vitamix would make quick work of the frozen juice and vegetable cubes that we make!

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  24. Wes

    I need a Vitamix blender because I’ve burned out three lesser blenders making frozen drinks and chicken liver paté; a Vitamix would let me make the paté as buttery smooth as I imagine it should be.

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  25. Sonal Gupta

    I loved the recipes Maggi and the whole post!
    I would love to win this Vitamix since I have been meaning to buy one since few months. I wish to use Vitamix for juices and grinding the pulses and beans batter for crepes and pancakes!
    My Insta Handle – @simplyvegetarian777

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  26. Yi Tyan Tsai

    My college roommate had a Vitamix and there were so many wonderful things she made with it. I would certainly try for some heartier soups, like butternut squash or chilled pea. @veggie_field @pnappers

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  27. Jennifer

    I would make my own sesame paste with the Vitamix. I love cooking Asian and Middle Eastern food and the Vitamix would help me take recipes that use ground sesame seeds to the next level.

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  28. Kris ‘Tanglegirl’ Diede

    How exciting! I have always wanted a Vitamix. Would make dressings and sauces and purée the most delicious soups and sauces! I want to make Creamless mushroom soup right now!
    My handle on instagram is Tanglegirl
    Your dressing/sauce recipes today sound great! I love sriracha.

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  29. Rob Stuart

    Can’t wait to try these dressings. Can one ever get too much salad, veg, dip, etc.?
    I have so many terrific blender stories (but I won’t bore you). I’ve burned out several blenders and sure could use a good one.

    Ms. Zhu, Keep up the great work! Thanks for everything and happy holidays to you all.
    Stuart

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  30. Chef Gregg

    Great recipes & who knew that a Vitamix does so much including clearing necessary counter space…..bye bye blender nutri ninja meat grinder hand mixer & juicer to name a few.

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  31. Cynthia

    Regarding Note 3 on Salad Dressing recipes, you mentioned boiling water before adding it to the salad dressing. As the recipes do not call for water, I am not sure what you are referring to. Please clarify. Love your blog and all of the recipes I have tried so far! Thank you for the great work you do.

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  32. Michelle Trainor Masters

    I broke my blender a year ago. Have yet to replace I have been eyeballing the vitamin for awhile. I’m pretty sure I need it in my life.. 😊

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  33. Mimi Weilbacher

    Oh gosh this may sound silly but how do I tag a friend on Instagram when I follow Vitamix?? Lol. On another note, I would try making the goma or sesame seed dressing for salads since you can use it on almost anything. One of my kids can eat Goma dressing with hot rice alone.

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  34. Beth

    If I had a Vitamix I’d make your dressings and my daughter would make more smoothies! (She’s an athlete and it’s hard to keep up with her nutrient needs!)
    I have actually been thinking for awhile that I wanted to make my own salad dressings. Another daughter is diabetic and it would be helpful to control what is in the recipe.

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  35. Starla

    Yum! Those look and sound so delicious! I would definitely make Cauliflower Mushroom Soup topped with fresh parmesan. I would also love to make salsa in the blender! My instagram is : _ifancythat

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  36. Anne

    This reminds me of the Ginger carrot dressing that I would buy from the stores even your recipes are even better! I would use the Vitamix to also blend some fruits for breakfast smoothies. Yumm
    @anne_cdote

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  37. Kris Fuji

    If I had a Vitamix…I would love to try making poi which is a Hawaiian dish made from steamed taro.😋 Thank you! @nvrgvuplivlif

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  38. Karen Lee

    My 8 years old Vitamix is dying. I can’t cook without it! I make kimchi annually, and it’s the only way I can grind gochugaru with peppers I grow in my garden! But I’d love to make these Asian salad dressings! Love the miso!

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  39. Chelsea Jones

    These look amazing!! I would try out all three of these if I won the vitamin. But with the holidays here, I would make a roasted red pepper soup!

    Instagram: @chelseajones.is

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