Ginger-Sesame Vinaigrette

This is a fantastic salad dressing; transforming the most commonplace greens into something spectacular……..

It’s bursting with the vibrant flavors of ginger, garlic, soy, and sesame. Add the delightful sweetness of brown sugar and honey and tiny splash of spicy Sriracha and the result is a delicious taste sensation!  Oh, and I almost forgot the surprise element – peanut butter! Yes, a few tablespoons of peanut butter lends a hint of mellow, nutty flavor! I love to use Ginger-Sesame Vinaigrette for dressing side salads but it also pairs well with grilled meats and fresh seasonal vegetables for delightful meal-in-one salads.

Ginger-Sesame Vinaigrette also makes a wonderful marinade, glaze and/or drizzling sauce for grilled pork, chicken or seafood. It is simple and quick to throw together – actually taking much less time than a trip to the market for bottled dressing!

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Oh, and you’ll be saving money as it’s a fraction of the price (and infinitely better!) than one of those fancy-schmancy gourmet store-bought dressings! You just might want to make a double batch as it’s quite addictive!

Check back tomorrow for a fantastic Vietnamese Table Salad –  using this dressing and a fun, easy technique to take everyday, ordinary ingredients and transform them into extraordinary!

Ginger-Sesame Vinaigrette

2 tablespoon peanut butter
1 clove garlic, finely minced
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh ginger
¼ cup brown sugar
¼ cup rice vinegar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon sriracha chili sauce (available in most larger grocery stores in the Asian section)
½ cup canola oil
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro (optional- dressing will keep longer without the cilantro)

Place peanut butter in a medium size microwave-safe bowl and cook on high for 15 seconds or until softened. Stir well and add the remaining ingredients, except the oils, and whisk until well combined. Add canola oil in a slow stream while continually whisking. Add sesame oil and cilantro, if desired and whisk one more time. Store in a glass jar in the refrigerator.


9 thoughts on “Ginger-Sesame Vinaigrette”

  • I made this Saturday night for my husband & some friends. we LOVED it. My friend Al does NOT eat salad; he ended up eating 3 bowls of salad & then wanted to take the rest of the dressing home. Great recipe. Will be one of my staple dressings from now on.

  • Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. Trader Joe’s used to have a great one, but they stopped carrying it. I’ve been stuck ever since! Now I can start making Chinese Chicken Salad again.

  • Chris, you are the gourmet salad queen, for sure. This sounds perfect for a simple lettuce and chicken salad with a few orange slices and toasted almonds.

  • I will definitely be trying this because I often order salads with a similar dressing just because I love the sweet and nutty taste! SO excited! Thanks for sharing it.

  • This sounds fantastic. I can almost taste it just reading the ingredients and I love the addition of peanut butter. I’m sure that helps immulsify the dressing adding an incredible flavor and secret ingredient no one would imagine was added.

    I will definitely try this!

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