Miso Ginger Dressing for Salad: Simple Recipe, Tasty Greens
Miso ginger dressing is a fantastic flavoring option.
Not only is it great in salads, but it also goes well with other foods such as chicken, tofu, and rice dishes.
However, this versatility is just one benefit.
Miso ginger dressing has a superb taste, and the freshness and range of its ingredients can give it plenty of nutritious quality.
Read on as we present an easy and simple to follow miso ginger dressing recipe that will give your salads that special edge.
We’ll also have a look at the taste and nutritional benefits of this awesome dressing.
In this post we'll cover:
Miso Ginger Dressing for Salad Taste
To truly appreciate all the tastes in this flavorful salad dressing, let’s start by unpacking its ingredients.
Miso is a Japanese seasoning paste that is made from fermented soybeans. It comes in many varieties and can have a salty, umami flavor or a sweet and nutty taste.
White miso is one of the most common miso flavors. It is typically fermented for a shorter period of time, giving it a more mild and sweet taste that is perfect in a salad dressing.
The ginger in this recipe adds a lemony and citrusy but also earthy taste element. This pairs especially well with sesame seeds, which enhances the sweet, nutty flavors of this dressing.
The vinegar and lime juice add a tang, bringing further complexity to the overall taste.
Finally, the honey provides some extra sweetness to this already flavorful mix.
Miso Ginger Dressing for Salad Nutritional Benefits
The miso ingredient in this dressing is full of important minerals and vitamins such as vitamins B, E, and K, as well as folic acid.
As a fermented food, it’s also packed with beneficial bacteria that can promote gut health.
However, it can be high in salt. The good news is: low sodium varieties do exist and are readily available to buy or order.
Ginger is an excellent digestive aid. It can also reduce inflammation, relieve nausea, and boost your immune system when you’re ill.
Sesame seeds are a good source of fiber and plant protein. They are also packed with nutrients such as zinc and copper.
Meanwhile, limes are high in vitamin C and antioxidants, and the acetic acid content in unfiltered apple cider vinegar can help with blood sugar control and reduce cholesterol.
Last, but certainly not least, honey is rich in antioxidants and nutrients, and can lower blood pressure and triglycerides.
These are just some of the nutritional properties of the ingredients in this dressing. There are plenty more.
Now that we’ve covered flavor and nutrition, let’s dive right into the steps.
The recipe below is super easy but also super tasty, meaning minimum effort for maximum reward.
You could even make a bigger batch of dressing in one go, giving you delicious salads all week long.
Miso Ginger Dressing for Salad Recipe
- 2 tbsp. white miso
- 2 tbsp. fresh ginger minced
- 2 tbsp. canola oil or another neutral-tasting oil
- 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar preferably unfiltered
- 1 tbsp. rice vinegar optional
- 1 tbsp. toasted sesame seeds
- 1 tbsp. sesame oil
- 2-3 tbsp. honey
- 1 lime juiced
- One of the best things about this salad dressing recipe is how incredibly simple it is to make and prepare.
- Whisk all your ingredients together in a bowl until you have a smooth mixture. Alternatively, you can shake them together in a jar.
- Give your dressing one final stir or shake just before serving, to ensure all ingredients have emulsified.
Miso Ginger Dressing for Salad Final Tips
Miso ginger dressing is flavorful enough for even the most simple salads and goes great with either cabbage or romaine lettuce salad.
However, if you want to step one step further from the more typical greens, then fresh mandarin oranges, sauteed spinach or toasted almonds also pair well with it.
You can even add miso ginger dressing to grilled fish or chicken since it can also be used as a marinade – and a delicious one at that.
If you want to keep playing around with flavor, other great ingredient options include (but are not limited to) garlic, black pepper, and soy sauce.
Soy sauce, in particular, will enhance the savory, umami flavor of your miso ginger dressing.
The purpose of the canola oil is to work as an emulsifier.
Therefore, just add some more of this if you need to further thicken your dressing to help it stick to your salad ingredients.
The honey acts as a healthy sweetener. However, if you would prefer to cut back on sugar, then simply reduce its quantity.
Similarly, you can use less miso if you want or need to cut down on salt.
Joost Nusselder, the founder of Bite My Bun is a content marketer, dad and loves trying out new food with Japanese food at the heart of his passion, and together with his team he's been creating in-depth blog articles since 2016 to help loyal readers with recipes and cooking tips.