This Sesame Dressing is lightly sweet and full of delicious Asian-inspired flavors with nutty sesame, ginger and the perfect way to elevate all your salads and more! It’s a 5-minute condiment with tons of tasty uses that you’ll want to savor every drop! Gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free, paleo, with low carb, keto and Whole30 options.
Creamy Sesame Ginger Dressing Recipe
Need a versatile condiment that you can whip up any time? We’ve got the perfect one! This flavor-packed sesame dressing tastes great in salads, stir-fries, pasta dishes—you name it.
It has a lovely mix of nutty, sweet and savory notes from the inclusion of toasted sesame oil, coconut vinegar, garlic and more. The added ginger provides an irresistible zing and will make you want to put this dressing on all your Asian-inspired salads, roasted veggies or protein!
And if you need more healthy dressing recipes to try, be sure to check out our these 10 delicious homemade salad dressings.
What You’ll Need
The ingredient list for this healthy sesame dressing is short and sweet – just like the process of making it!
- Toasted Sesame Oil: 3 tablespoons, to be exact.
- Coconut Vinegar: If you’re not Whole30 or paleo, you can use organic rice vinegar instead.
- Creamy Tahini: Cashew butter or sunflower seed butter also work.
- Pure Maple Syrup: Use homemade date syrup or omit this altogether for Whole30 dressing. Go for coconut flower nectar syrup, yacon syrup, Lakanto sugar-free maple syrup or your preferred liquid sweetener for keto. Honey works too if you’re not vegan.
- Minced Garlic: Or garlic powder.
- Freshly Grated Ginger: Or ginger powder.
How to Make Sesame Dressing
You don’t even need a blender or food processor to make this Asian sesame ginger dressing! But if you do have one, feel free to use it if you’d like.
- Combine Ingredients: Add all the ingredients to a medium-sized jar or bowl. Shake or whisk until combined. Alternatively, add them to a small food processor or a high-speed blender and puree until smooth.
- Serve or Store: Adjust the seasonings to taste, if needed, then chill the dressing in the fridge until you’re ready to use it.
Tips for Success
There are a few simple things you should keep in mind when making and serving this dressing. Here they are!
- Fresh Ingredients Are Best: Sure, you’ll get great flavor from the garlic and ginger even if they’re in powder form. But the freshly minced and grated versions will taste even better!
- Substitute as Needed: Look over the substitution options included with the ingredients and choose the items that work best for you. If necessary, this condiment can be made keto, paleo, vegan and Whole30.
- Season to Taste: It couldn’t be easier to add a dash of this or a pinch of that to your sesame dressing. Taste it before you serve it and take advantage of that!
- Shake Well Before Using: If your dressing has been sitting in the fridge for a while, give it a good shake before using it. This will help everything re-disperse.
Let’s get into the many ways you can use this condiment. Here are some of my top suggestions!
- Add it to a Stir Fry: Serve your sesame dressing in this hearty Tofu Stir Fry for a vegan meal that will please everyone at the table.
- Use it as a Meat Marinade: Try soaking chicken, beef or pork in this flavorful vinaigrette to make it ultra tender, juicy and flavorful.
- Serve it with Salad: This dressing puts a fun ginger spin on our Asian Sesame Salad. You have to give it a taste!
How to Store Leftovers
Store your ginger dressing in an airtight container or resealable jar in the fridge. It will stay good for up to 1 week! Be sure to shake it well before you use it.
Can I Freeze Sesame Ginger Dressing?
We don’t generally recommend freezing salad dressing. The ingredients tend to separate upon thawing and it’s very difficult to get them well combined again. Luckily, you can still make this sesame dressing up to a week in advance and store it in the fridge as detailed above!
More Salad Dressing Ideas
Want to keep kicking your homemade salads up a notch? The following salad dressing recipes are here to help you do so.
This Sesame Dressing is lightly sweet and full of delicious Asian-inspired flavors with nutty sesame, ginger and the perfect way to elevate all your salads and more! It's a 5-minute condiment with tons of tasty uses that you'll want to savor every drop! Gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free, paleo, with low carb, keto and Whole30 options.
- 3 tbsp toasted sesame oil
- 3 tbsp coconut vinegar , you can use organic rice vinegar if not Whole30 or paleo
- 2 tbsp creamy tahini , can sub with cashew butter or sunflower seed butter
- 1 1/2 tbsp pure maple syrup , can sub with coconut flower nectar, yacon syrup, Lakanto sugar-free syrup or preferred liquid sweetener for low carb./ keto. Honey if not vegan or preferred liquid sweetener. Omit for Whole30 or use date syrup
- 3 tbsp toasted sesame oil
- 2 cloves garlic minced, or 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 1/2 tsp freshly grated ginger or ½ teaspoon ginger powder
Add all the ingredients to a medium jar or to a bowl. Shake or whisk until combined.
Alternatively, add to a small food processor or a high-speed blender and puree until smooth.
Adjust any seasoning to taste, then chill in the fridge until ready to use.
How to Store
You can keep the dressing chilled in the fridge for up to 1 week. Be sure to store it in an airtight container or resealable jar. Give it a good shake or stir before using it to re-combine all of the ingredients.
How to freeze:
Salad dressings generally don't freeze well, as the ingredients tend to separate while they thaw.
But if you'd like to do some experimentation, try freezing small portions in an ice cube tray for up to 1 month, thawing them out in the fridge and mixing/shaking the thawed mixture very well before using.