Not being much of a green thumb, this is the first year I planted a few garden boxes as a memorial to my dad who was a prolific gardner. I have more radishes and spinach that I know what to do with, however, my deck container of lettuce has been quite pathetic and sad. Oh well.
The few lettuce leaves I did pick supplemented by a bountiful amount of spinach was all I needed to make a great starter salad last night for dinner. Although the popularity of sesame ginger dressing for Asian or “Oriental” salad is so 10 years ago, my version is a lot less sweet with a great depth of flavor coming from the addition of miso paste. By the way, “Oriental” to describe food or rugs makes most Asian people cringe, in case you didn’t know.
Sweetened with a touch of agave syrup, this dressing hits the spot on a warm summer night. My kids have been dipping cut vegetables in the dressing as a great alternative healthy snack. Of course you could easily adapt this recipe to be sweeter by adding more agave (use honey or sugar as a substitute), you can make the ginger flavor stronger by adding a 1/2 teaspoon more ginger root. Personally, I love the dressing even more the next day. The more time the dressing rests in the fridge the different aspects of the dressing pull together creating one fantastic salad dressing.
Also, I’ve really been into small batch baking and cooking. This recipe makes 3/4 cup, the perfect amount for a large family style salad to bring to a potluck. Add some sprouts, grilled chicken, cilantro, match-stick carrots, and cucumer and you have a salad which rivals the chain restaurants. Or, you can just keep it simple like I did and add just carrots and cucumbers. This salad dressing is definitely a keeper. Enjoy!
- ⅓ cup rice vinegar
- ¼ cup olive, canola, or grape seed oil
- 2 tablespoons sesame oil
- 1 tablespoons agave syrup, honey, or sugar
- 1 tablespoon miso paste
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
- 1″ piece ginger
- 1 large garlic clove
- Place all the ingredients in a blender or food processor.
- Blend the ingredients until the dressing is well blended and creamy.
- Use immediately or store in the refrigerator.