We eat a lot of salads in our house. I have been trying to keep carbs to a minimum and having a big salad instead of pasta, rice or potatoes for my evening meal fills up the plate and pleases our eyes as well as our stomachs. I get very tired of store bought light dressings, so I’m always trying out new home made dressings to top our salads. This Asian sesame seed dressing is lightened up in calories but big in flavor.
This Asian Sesame Seed Dressing Gives an Oriental taste to any Salad.
I love making home made salad dressings. They taste so much better than store bought and I know exactly what is going in them.
The dressing could not be easier to make. Assemble the ingredients before you start to make sure you have them all on hand. This recipe has a long list of ingredients, but don’t let that stop you. Making it is a cinch once you have gathered them all together. The highlights of the flavors are fresh garlic and ginger, and both toasted sesame seeds and poppy seeds. Honey adds some sweetness and Rice Vinegar gives it a nice tangy taste.
Place everything into a jar. I used a medium sized Mason jar with a lid and handle. It has a wide mouth for adding the ingredients and the handle makes it easy to mix everything together. It also acts as a storage container too, since it has a lid. I can’t wait to blend all these delicious looking ingredients!
Give the jar a shake and you are done. I told you it was easy!
The dressing is just wonderful. It is both sweet and tangy with a bit of texture from the poppy seeds and sesame seeds. It’s perfect on a salad with fruit. (I used grapefruit and chicken in mine today and it was yummy) and it has a distinct Asian feel to it. I’ll be making this again!
The dressing got lightened up quite a bit. Instead of using mainly oil, the volume comes from Rice Vinegar and water. In place of sugar, I used a brown sugar replacement. But add all those other flavorful ingredients together, and you have a light dressing made in full flavor heaven!
Have you experimented with home made dressings at home? How did they turn out for you? Let us know in the comments below.
- 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
- 1 tbsp finely rated fresh ginger
- ¼ cup rice vinegar
- 1 tsp Dijon mustard
- 1½ tbsp brown sugar replacement
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp light soy sauce
- ¼ cup of water
- 2 tbsp sesame seeds
- 2 tbsp poppy seeds
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp Himalayan pink sea salt
- ¼ tsp finely ground black pepper
- Assemble all of the ingredients and place them in a large jar with a lid. Shake well. Pour over your salad and enjoy. That's all there is to it! Enjoy!
- Makes about ¾ cup of dressing and keeps well.
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