This sesame dressing is made with garlic, apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, and a little soy sauce. It’s the perfect vinaigrette to top on your favorite kale salad with.
Easy Sesame Dressing
This salad dressing recipe is a very basic vinaigrette. The base oil is a combo of olive oil with a touch of sesame oil. We took things up a notch by sauteeing the garlic first so that it’s super flavorful.
I promise it’s worth the extra step. After you’ve sauteed the garlic, it’s time to mix the rest of the ingredients in. We like to do this right in a mason jar so you can screw the cap on and give it a shake. Here’s what you need:
- Olive Oil
- Sesame Oil
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Soy Sauce
- Maple Syrup
- Red Pepper Flakes
- Dijon Mustard
How to Use Sesame Dressing
Like I mentioned above, you’re pretty much going to die over this simple healthy salad dressing recipe. Guess what? You can use this for more than just salad!
- Salads: keep things super simple and top your baby kale or spinach with this dressing.
- Marinade: Place a few chicken breasts in a glass container and pour on some Asian Salad Dressing. Let it sit for at least 30 minutes and boom, you’ve got Asian Chicken ready to go.
- Dip: Use this dressing as a dip for spring rolls or egg rolls.
- Pasta Salad: get festive with your pasta salad and make an Asian-inspired dish!
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 2 cloves garlic roughly minced
- pinch of salt
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon soy sauce
- 2 teaspoons maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
- Begin by heating a small pan over medium/high heat. Add olive oil and sesame oil.
- When the oil is fragrant, add garlic and saute for 3-4 minutes. Turn heat to low and let simmer for an additional 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
- Once cooled, place garlic and olive oil mixture into a mason jar along with all of the other dressing ingredients. Cover the jar and shake until all ingredients are combined.
This is my favorite Asian dressing recipe for flavor, but mine comes out too oily. It starts out creamy looking, but quickly separates. I suggest an immersion blender or similar to whip it up.
This salad dressing was one of the best I’ve tasted. Just what I was looking for with a bit of sweetness. I added a squeeze of orange and lime juice to give it a bit more acid as that’s what I prefer but great the way it was written!!
THIS dressing is amazing and certainly worth repeating and sharing. It is very versatile and could also be put on a slaw. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful recipe with us! Cheers!
So glad you loved this dressing as much as we do!
Really one of the best salads. Everyone loves it, especially me 😉
Wish I’d tripled recipe because it’s SOOO GOOD. I modified it though. I didn’t sauce the garlic, just minced it and used it raw. Instead of maple syrup I used a couple teaspoons of Stevia & also added some chopped cilantro. This would be good on many things!
Glad you loved this!!
This is seriously the BEST Asian dressing ever! Like I’m literally obsessed and tripled the recipe lol. Poured it over cucumbers and plan on marinating chicken tenders in it for tomorrow night’s dinner! Seriously so delicious!
Best Asian dressing ever!! Loved it! Highly recommended.
Just made this recipe for dinner! Excellent! And yes, I did search for Asian salad dressing and found just what I wanted. Didn’t even think about searching for Chinese, Japanese, Korean or any other Asian country. So “C” doesn’t know what she’s talking about! This is a perfect Asian salad dressing! 10 Stars!
Thank you bonnie!
How much of each of the dressing ingredients do you use?
It sounds delicious. I’m going to try it.
Asia is a big place with very different cuisines and ingredients that are used. To call it an Asian dressing is like saying European dressing and not specifying whether it’s Italian olive oil or mayonnaise. 🙂
Are we really going to make this an issue? I respect what you’re teying to do, but come on. This is a food blog. And Asian cuisine is a thing.
It’s just a reminder to be a bit more mindful when talking about the cuisines of billions of culturally diverse people. Calling a salad or dressing Asian isn’t helpful in my opinion. Either people won’t know what kind of salad or dressing it is or won’t find the recipe online (if I am in the mood for a Japanese rice dish I won’t google Asian rice dish) or they will assume that Asian cuisine means, for example, Chinese. Which is a different problem altogether.
I kind of wish you hadn’t found this recipe.