I recently made some ginger roasted beets and decided I also wanted a dressing to serve with them. I wanted the flavors of ginger and sesame but without a soy or teriyaki influence.
Well this Sesame Ginger Dressing turned out so well, that I found myself putting it on everything from chicken salad to roasted veggies to fish & shrimp and even a simple bowl of lettuce! Luscious stuff!
This salad dressing, made with fresh ginger, shallots, garlic, honey, orange juice, white balsamic vinegar and sesame & vegetable oils is fresh, light and clean. It’s a little sweet and a little tangy. And I think you will find yourself putting it on everything, too!
Why can’t ginger be like a carrot? It would be so much easier to peel! Look at all these nubs and buds. I know about the scraping with the spoon method. But I have to tell you, when it comes down to it, I find myself trading it in for a paring knife. It’s so well worth the effort though, because the fresh ginger flavor really shines through. And fortunately, for this recipe, you simply have to chop the ginger into small cubes. Let the food processor do all the work!
As a matter of fact, just throw everything into a mini food processor or blender.
Add your oils.
Give it a whirl!
I love the color of this dressing. I’ve sprinkled the top with some partially dried ginger and some cracked peppercorns.
This dressing really makes a pretty plate of greens so special. I’ve made this also with only partially dried ginger. Tastes just as great, but the color is a little more golden. Take a look at that recipe for Ginger Beets & Orange Salad. I’ve also shown a plate of that below.
This light and easy dressing is perfect any time of the year. But with all the comfort food we tend to eat in the fall and winter, this dressing is a perfect way to lighten up your salads and sides.
- 4 Tablespoons of chopped fresh ginger
- ¼ cup of diced shallots
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 2 Tablespoons of honey
- 2 Tablespoons of freshly squeezed orange juice
- 2 Tablespoons of white balsamic vinegar
- 2 Tablespoons of sesame oil
- ½ cup of vegetable oil
- salt & freshly cracked pepper to taste
- Place all of the ingredients in a blender or mini food processor and puree until combined and to desired consistency.
- Sometimes I like to have little bits of ginger in the dressing and sometimes I like it smoother.
- Taste & season with salt & freshly cracked pepper to your liking.