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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.
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.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
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More healthy dinner ideas
- Vegetarian pho noodle soup
- Easy vegetarian lentil stew
- Palak paneer (spinach curry with cheese)
- Vegetarian chow mein
If you give this recipe a try, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it (once you’ve tried it), and take a picture and tag it @omnivorescookbook on Instagram! I’d love to see what you come up with.
Must-Have Asian Salad Dressing (three recipes)
Sriracha Mayo (Yields 2 1/2 cups dressing)
- 1 1/2 cup grapeseed oil (or vegetable oil)
- 24 whole chickpeas
- 1/3 cup of liquid from 1 can of 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)
Japanese Miso Dressing (Yields 1 1/2 cups dressing)
- 1/2 cup white miso paste
- 1/3 cup rice wine vinegar
- 1/4 cup water (*Footnote 3)
- 1/4 cup grapeseed oil (or vegetable oil)
- 3 tablespoons agave syrup (or sugar)
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon oil (toasted)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The consistency of peanut butters varies a lot. If you find your dressing too thin, add 1 to 2 tablespoons more peanut butter.
- 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.