Miso Dressing Recipe – With Video!

This Miso Dressing Recipe will turn any typical bowl of greens into a showstopping salad that will become the star of your meal! 

Large platter of green salad with lettuce, avocado, cucumber and peas, and a small bowl of brown salad dressing.Whenever there is a potluck situation, there’s always plenty of people who volunteer dips, pastas, brownies, cookies, etc. But you have to be pretty brave to be that person that throws down “I’ll bring a salad,” right?

Because let’s be honest, most people could easily ignore the green salad at a party. It’s probably the weekend, and it’s a fun gathering, and who wants to crowd their plate with salad?

That’s why I’ve experimented with this Great Green Salad with Miso Dressing to make it the maximum amount of irresistible. Nobody is going to a skip a serving of this, I promise. So go ahead – be that brave soul that declares I’M GONNA BRING THE SALAD.

About this Great Green Salad with Miso Dressing:

  • Start with butter lettuce. When you say the words “butter lettuce,” people think of butter. People like butter. People will eat the salad. In truth, butter lettuce contains no actual butter. It’s simply a sweet, crisp yet tender variety of lettuce that is perfect for salads, sandwiches and lettuce wraps.
  • Add some slices of fresh English cucumber. This adds a nice crunch factor, and nobody doesn’t like cucumber.
  • Pile on some blanched snap peas. These also add some crunch, plus they’re beautiful. And you know, we eat with our eyes.


  • Time for some luscious chunks of ripe avocado. Now, this really IS buttery, and it lends a creamy note to this almost-vegan salad. If this salad will be traveling, take the whole avocado with you and then cut it up right before serving.
  • Sprinkle with a pinch of black sesame seeds. This just adds a little visual interest to the green-on-green-on green thing we have going on here.
  • Serve with a quick homemade miso dressing. You only need 5 minutes to gather some olive oil, rice vinegar, miso, honey, sesame oil and soy sauce, and whisk it all together. Sub agave nectar or maple syrup for honey to keep this dish completely vegan.

Two plates of green salad with a small bowl of miso dressing nearby.

Is Miso Dressing vegan?:

This particular miso salad dressing recipe is NOT vegan because it contains honey. However, if you sub agave nectar  or maple syrup for honey, it would be completely vegan!

What is Miso Dressing made of?:

  • extra virgin olive oil
  • rice vinegar
  • white miso
  • honey
  • sesame oil
  • soy sauce

How long does Miso Dressing last?:

This miso salad dressing will last up to a week when kept in a sealed container in the fridge. That makes it great for serving an easy side salad with lasagna with cottage cheese early in the week, and seared chilean sea bass  or salmon cakes a few days later.

I also love it served with shrimp ceviche for a light, fresh meal. I’ll even toss it with roasted vegetables or Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts.

The miso dressing may separate when it’s chilled. It’s no big deal. Allow it to come to come to room temperature for 15 minutes before shaking or whisking and serving.

Yield: 4 servings

Miso Dressing

Large platter of all green salad ingredients with bowl of golden brown salad dressing.

This Great Green Salad with Miso Dressing is not your typical boring bowl of greens. This is a showstopping, flavorful salad that just might become the star of your meal!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 1 minute
Total Time 16 minutes


For the Miso Dressing:

  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons white miso
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce

For the Great Green Salad:

  • 1 cup sugar snap peas, trimmed
  • 2 heads butter lettuce, torn into large pieces
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted and sliced
  • 1/2 English cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon black sesame seeds


  1. Make the Miso Dressing: In medium bowl, whisk olive oil, vinegar, miso, honey, sesame oil and soy sauce until smooth. Dressing can be made in advance and refrigerated for up to 1 week.
  2. Make the Great Green Salad: Fill a large bowl with ice water. Heat small saucepot of water to boiling over medium-high heat. Add peas, cook 45 seconds. Use slotted spoon to transfer peas to bowl of ice water. Let stand 2 minutes; drain peas and pat dry with paper towel.
  3. Arrange lettuce on large platter; top with avocado, cucumber and peas. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Serve salad with Miso Dressing.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 199Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 152mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 5gSugar: 5gProtein: 4g

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