Miso Ginger Dressing
This simple but flavorful Miso Ginger Dressing elevates anything it’s drizzled over, including salads, veggies, fish and chicken.
In the spirit of honesty, this recipe is coming to you today for no reason other than I have a TON of miso in my fridge that I want to use up.
I bought it all for a recipe development job I had last fall (where one of the recipes was a dessert that included miso caramel!) and it’s been in my fridge ever since.
I make a batch of traditional miso dressing every few weeks, just to keep on hand. It gets drizzled over lunch salads, sockeye salmon, roasted vegetables and just about everything else.
This time around, I also had a knob of ginger hanging around the fridge (left over from making Asian-style chicken sloppy joes last week), so I decided to take my traditional dressing up a few notches with this miso ginger dressing.
What you’ll need to make ginger miso dressing:
- rice vinegar – this mild Asian white vinegar is my first choice, but white wine vinegar is a good sub. I also use rice vinegar for wonton nachos and orange ginger chicken.
- white miso – my go to brand is Miso Masters, and I use their Organic Mellow White Miso. Bon Appetit has a nice article where you can learn about the different types of miso, if you’re curious.
- freshly grated ginger – nothing beats the flavor punch of buying a ginger root and grating it yourself (also recommended for my lemon smoothie).
- honey – to add a bit of sweetness to this miso ginger dressing recipe, and my citrus salad dressing as well. Agave nectar is a good sub (and makes great agave lemonade).
- toasted sesame oil – adds nuttiness and big flavor to this dressing and my blistered shishito peppers and dipping sauce.
- soy sauce – this seasons (salts) the dressing. Also the secret ingredient in my homemade gravy and flat iron steak marinade!
- sesame seeds – these add texture and extra flavor. Either white or black sesame seeds will work.
- canola oil – I wanted to use a neutral oil for this dressing so that you can taste the miso and ginger more than the oil.
What does miso taste like?
In a nutshell, miso tastes like a flavor explosion (just like my orange glazed chicken).
If you’ve never tasted miso, it’s a little bit hard for me to fully describe the experience, because I truly want you to try it for yourself.
But if I had to put it into words, I would say that it’s salty, but in a very pleasant way. It’s a little funky, a little earthy, and a little nutty. It also has a subtle sweetness to it.
Each spoonful of miso has layers and layers of flavor, which is why it’s such a potent ingredient and goes such a long way towards making any meal more flavorful.
How to make miso ginger dressing:
This miso sesame ginger dressing is a simple three step process. First, you’ll be whisking together the vinegar, ginger, honey, miso, sesame oil and soy sauce until it’s all smooth.
Then, you’ll be gradually adding the canola oil to this mixture, while whisking, until all of the canola oil is fully incorporated.
The reason you add the canola oil to the miso-ginger dressing gradually, while whisking, is so that everything can emulsify together into one smooth mixture. If you add the oil all at once, the mixture might break and not come back together easily.
Stir in the sesame seeds, and you’re done!
Is this miso sesame ginger dressing recipe vegan?:
This particular ginger miso dressing recipe is NOT vegan because it contains honey.
However, if you sub agave nectar or maple syrup for honey, this miso dressing recipe would be completely vegan! Any extra maple syrup can be used for maple Brussels sprouts.
How long does miso ginger salad dressing last?:
Just like my lemon tahini dressing, this miso ginger salad dressing will last up to a week when kept in a sealed container in the fridge.
This miso-ginger 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.
What to do with this miso ginger dressing recipe:
When I make this ginger miso dressing, I usually make a double or even triple batch, because I want to eat it all week long.
The salad in these photos was made using mixed greens, rainbow carrots, radishes, cucumbers and snap peas. This salad with miso sesame ginger dressing is an easy side salad for my chilean sea bass recipe, Korean meatballs or even stuffed salmon.
It’s the perfect pizza side salad, especially alongside a crab rangoon pizza. I also love this salad served with shrimp ceviche or wonton soup for a light, fresh meal.
Other tasty recipes using miso:
A little bit of miso goes a long way towards boosting the umami in so many savory dishes. It’s a great staple to keep on hand!
- Tomato Ramen
- Ahi Tuna Salad with Wasabi Dressing
- Asian Grilled Zucchini
Miso Ginger Dressing
This simple but flavorful Miso Ginger Dressing elevates anything it's drizzled over, including salads, veggies, fish and chicken.
- 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon white miso
- 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon soy sauce
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
- In medium bowl, whisk vinegar, ginger, honey, miso, sesame oil and soy sauce until smooth.
- Gradually add canola oil, while whisking, until all oil is fully incorporated. Stir in sesame seeds. Makes about 2/3 cup dressing. Dressing can be made in advance and refrigerated for up to 1 week.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 5 Serving Size: 2 tablespoons
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 138Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 186mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 0gSugar: 4gProtein: 1g
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This dressing is amazing. Funky, sweet, sour … Everything you want on a salad. It definitely lines up with the Asian kick we have been on lately.
This dressing sounds yummy! I already like your other miso dressing, so I’m sure I’ll like this one. I won’t tell you how long my package of miso has been in my fridge – I definitely need to use it more, and am glad it keeps. I was just thinking about using it, and think it might be good on the prosciutto and manchego salad I’m making for lunch this week…
Miso keeps FOREVER! I almost threw mine away because I saw that it had expired in February, but Jeff stopped me just in time – it said Feb 2023. Apparently I don’t know what year it is, but at least I have another year to use my miso.
I made this for lunch a few days ago, for a manchego and prosciutto salad that usually has a mayonnaise and lemon dressing. We both enjoyed it. I did cut the amount of sesame oil in half because my husband doesn’t care for the flavor when it’s strong. This is a definite keeper recipe, and it goes very nicely with prosciutto and manchego. I get tired of mayonnaise and lemon dressings, and this is a perfect substitute.
I would have never thought to pair this with manchego and prosciutto, but that sounds like an amazing combo! I agree, I get tired of creamy dressings, too.