Elevate salads, chicken, vegetables and more with this Asian Salad Dressing that comes together by simply shaking a jar. No chopping needed!

A spoon dipping into a glass jar of Asian Salad Dressing with sesame seeds.

Best Asian Salad Dressing

Is it just me, or is a great Asian style salad dressing just so craveable? Nothing gets me to eat a huge bowl of Asian salad or roasted vegetables like a good drizzle of Asian dressing.

The combination of nutty, sweet, salty, umami, tangy and slightly spicy hits ALL of the parts of our taste buds, making us come back for more.

My goal was to make the easiest but best Asian salad dressing recipe ever. I think I’ve achieved that with this recipe that calls for simple ingredients you probably already have on hand, and requires only a shake of a jar to combine.

Why you will love this Asian Salad Dressing Recipe

  • The combination of sweet and umami flavors makes eating a huge bowl of salad a really crave-able option.
  • It keeps in the fridge for up to a week, making it perfect for meal prep.
  • There’s so many things you can do with it, beyond just salad. More on this below!
Ingredients laid out on a white surface, including soy sauce, vinegar, ginger, sesame seeds and sugar.

Asian Style Salad Dressing ingredients

  • rice vinegar – brings a pleasant tanginess to the dressing.
  • vegetable oil – provides a neutral base to the dressing.
  • toasted sesame oil – imparts a rich, nutty flavor.
  • sugar – sweetens the dressing and counterbalances the acidity of the vinegar.
  • soy sauce – seasons the dressing and adds umami.
  • ginger – adds a fresh, spicy kick and gives it a distinctive Asian-style flavor.
  • sesame seeds – an optional addition to add a little texture.
A small glass jar filled with the best Asian salad dressing.

How to make Asian Salad Dressing

1. SHAKE IT UP. There’s only one step to this dressing – put all of the ingredients in a jar and shake shake shake until it’s emulsified. If you don’t have a jar, you can also just whisk everything together in a bowl.

Home Chef Tips

  • While freshly grated ginger root is the most flavorful option, there are some really great jarred grated gingers available now. In particular, I like a brand called The Ginger People. In my opinion, their jarred minced ginger is as close to freshly grated ginger as jarred ginger gets.
  • Feel free to adjust the quantities of ingredients to suit your preferences. Some people may prefer a sweeter dressing (more sugar), while some may not want it sweetened at all.
A spoon drizzling easy Asian salad dressing over a colorful chopped salad.

How to use this Easy Asian Salad Dressing

While of course this salad can be be used for a chopped salad, there’s a lot more you can do with it, including:

  • Use as a marinade for grilled chicken or tofu.
  • Toss with noodles and fresh veggies for a cold noodle salad.
  • Great as a dipping sauce for spring rolls or dumplings.
  • Make Asian coleslaw by using this dressing instead of a traditional mayo-based dressing for slaw.

How to store Asian Dressing for salad

Keep your dressing fresh by storing it an an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week. Allow it to come to room temperature for a few minutes, then shake well before each use.

A spoon drizzling a golden brown dressing into a glass jar.
A spoon dipping into a glass jar of Asian Salad Dressing with sesame seeds.

Easy Asian Salad Dressing

Yield: About 3/4 cup
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Elevate salads, chicken, vegetables and more with this Asian Salad Dressing that comes together by simply shaking a jar. No chopping needed!


  • 1/4 cup unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds (optional)


  1. Place all ingredients in jar with tight fitting lid and shake vigorously until dressing is emulsified. Refrigerate up to 1 week.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 2 tablespoons
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 132Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 146mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 0g

This website provides estimated nutrition information as a courtesy only. Nutrition information does not include any optional ingredients or toppings. You should calculate the nutrition information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe using your preferred nutrition calculator.

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