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This Ginger Miso Dressing isn’t just a dressing; it’s a ticket to a culinary journey through the vibrant tastes of Asia that will elevate any salad with its umami flavor. It’s healthy, packed with flavor, and so versatile that you’ll find yourself reaching for it again and again. Whether drizzled over a salad, used as a sauce for grilled veggies, or as a dip for spring rolls, it’s a game-changer.

ginger miso dressing

I’m thrilled to share with you a recipe that’s bound to take your salad game to the next level – the incredibly delicious and flavor-packed Asian Ginger Miso Dressing. Dive in and let yourself be amazed by the rich Asian flavors that this dressing brings to the table!

Miso Dressing is a simple yet astoundingly tasty addition to any salad, whether it’s an Asian-inspired mix or just a straightforward leafy green salad.

japanese ginger miso dressing in a glass

Miso paste is a staple in Japanese cuisine, making almost daily appearances in dishes like Miso Eggplant, Miso Ramen, or Miso Soup! It’s no wonder, as it not only adds that special something – the umami flavor – but also boasts numerous health benefits, including supporting a healthy gut flora through its probiotic properties.

Especially when preparing Asian salads, I love to add a teaspoon of miso paste for flavor. But in this dressing, miso paste isn’t just an ingredient; it’s the star of the show!

A generous amount of miso paste is used, giving the dressing an incredible aroma and making it extra creamy. This is complemented by freshly grated ginger and other ingredients from the Asian kitchen.

The miso dressing recipe is super easy and can be prepared in just 5 minutes. Finely grate the ginger (a Microplane zester works best) and mix it with the other ingredients in a small bowl – that’s it! If you want to make a larger batch, you can also blend it using a blender.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe


  • Simple & Quick – It’s incredibly easy and quick to prepare in just 5 minutes!
  • Full of Flavor & Texture – If you’re a fan of Japanese cuisine, you’ll adore the taste of this dressing! Plus, it’s especially creamy thanks to the miso paste.
  • Healthy – Miso paste is great for your gut flora!
  • Umami – Offers a unique taste compared to traditional dressings, making it a refreshing change!

Serving Ideas

This Ginger Miso Dressing is incredibly versatile. Here are some ideas where it tastes exceptionally delicious:

quinoa bowl with miso dressing

What is Miso Paste?

Miso paste originates from Japan and is made by fermenting soybeans and salt, with the addition of Kōji fungi for fermentation. Depending on the type of miso, it may also contain rice or other grains.

Shiro Miso, or white miso paste, is the mildest form, slightly sweet, and often used in miso soups. Aka Miso, or red miso paste, is fermented longer, resulting in a much richer flavor, perfect for miso ramen, tofu, or vegetable dishes.

miso paste in a small bowl

When shopping for miso paste, quickly check the ingredient list. A good miso paste should contain nothing more than soybeans, possibly rice, salt, yeast, and Koji culture, without any unnecessary colorings or flavor enhancers. Above, I’ve linked to two high-quality organic miso pastes.

Ingredients

See recipe card for quantities.

  • Miso Paste – The key ingredient for that incredibly delicious umami flavor and creaminess! Choose between Shiro Miso (White Miso) or Aka Miso (Red Miso), whichever you prefer.
  • Ginger – Grated ginger adds the right kick to the dressing!
  • Sesame Oil – Toasted sesame oil lends a wonderful sesame note to the dressing.
  • Olive Oil – To balance the sesame oil’s flavor, I like to add a dash of olive oil. Works well with a mild canola or sunflower oil too.
  • Lime Juice – Fresh lime juice adds a wonderful freshness and a slight acidity.
  • Rice Vinegar – A staple in Asian dressings. Can be substituted with more lime juice or a mild, white balsamic vinegar if necessary.
  • Maple Syrup – A bit of sweetness balances the flavor! If you prefer your dressing sweeter rather than sour, use 1 tablespoon instead of 1 teaspoon of maple syrup. Sugar or honey works too.
  • Soy Sauce – For seasoning!
Miso Dressing Ingredients

Variations

  • Spicy – If you love a bit of heat, add freshly chopped chili peppers or a dash of Sriracha/Sambal Oelek/Chili oil.
  • Herbs – Freshly chopped cilantro goes well with it.
  • Sesame Seeds – Stir in toasted sesame seeds.
  • Garlic – Add grated garlic if you like.
  • Water – If you prefer your dressing a bit milder and more fluid, simply add a splash of water until the desired consistency is reached.
  • Gluten-Free – Swap soy sauce with tamari and use a gluten-free miso paste.
japanese ginger miso dressing in a glass

Storage Instructions

This miso ginger dressing can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week. If it thickens too much, just add a bit of water and mix well before using.

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📖 Recipe

japanisches miso dressing

Ginger Miso Dressing

This Ginger Miso Dressing isn't just a dressing; it's a ticket to a culinary journey through the vibrant tastes of Asia that will elevate any salad with its umami flavor. It's healthy, packed with flavor, and so versatile that you'll find yourself reaching for it again and again.
Author : Aline Cueni
4.50 from 2 votes

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Prep Time :5 minutes
Total Time :5 minutes
Servings : 4
Calories : 7kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tbsp miso paste
  • 1 tbsp grated fresh ginger
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp maple syrup if you like it a tad sweeter, use 1 tbsp
  • 1 tsp soy sauce

Instructions
 

  • Mix all ingredients in a small bowl!
  • Serve as a salad dressing or drizzle over a poke bowl, quinoa salad, roasted vegetables, or cold soba noodles.

Notes

Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Variations

  • Spicy – If you love a bit of heat, add freshly chopped chili peppers or a dash of Sriracha/Sambal Oelek/Chili oil.
  • Herbs – Freshly chopped cilantro goes well with it.
  • Sesame Seeds – Stir in toasted sesame seeds.
  • Garlic – Add grated garlic if you like.
  • Water – If you prefer your dressing a bit milder and more fluid, simply add a splash of water until the desired consistency is reached.
  • Gluten-Free – Swap soy sauce with tamari and use a gluten-free miso paste.

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Nutrition

Calories: 7kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.4g | Protein: 0.1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Sodium: 33mg | Potassium: 4mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 0.2g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 0.03mg

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