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Japanese Ginger Salad Dressing Recipe

    This is the healthy version of your Japanese steakhouse favorite! Made with just five simple ingredients, you’re going to love this easy ginger salad recipe!

    Ginger Salad Dressing on asian salad with chopsticks

    Sushi Saturday was a weekly occurrence growing up, a tradition started by my dad when I was around 7 or 8 years old. All five of us would head to our local Japanese restaurant, Tokyo Grill, and like clockwork, we would all order their famous green salads with ginger dressing.

    Ginger Salad Dressing being drizzled onto salad

    If you’ve ever visited a sushi restaurant or Japanese steakhouse, you likely know what I’m talking about. While the restaurant version is delicious, it is typically loaded with a lot of extra sugar, mayo and other added ingredients that can turn a healthy salad into a major calorie burden.

    Ginger Salad Dressing - an easy Japanese recipe

    My version of the classic ginger salad dressing is not only lighter and fresher but it is made with just five simple ingredients. By sticking with high flavor ingredients like fresh ginger and toasted sesame oil and using low calorie, Nakano Natural Rice Vinegar, you can create an incredible Japanese vinaigrette that won’t go to your waistline.

    Ginger Salad Dressing closeup

    Just think, with all those calories you’re saving on the salad you can splurge on an icy cold Sapporo instead.

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    Ginger Salad Dressing on asian salad with chopsticks

    Japanese Ginger Salad Dressing Recipe

    4.04 stars average
    This is the healthy version of your Japanese steakhouse favorite! Made with just five simple ingredients, you’re going to love this easy recipe!
    PREP: 5 mins
    TOTAL: 5 mins
    Servings: 4


    • ¼ cup Nakano Natural Rice Vinegar (all natural)
    • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
    • 1 tablespoon grated ginger root
    • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
    • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
    • salt and pepper to taste


    • Whisk together all ingredients in a small bowl and season with salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle over salad greens or use as a vegetable dip.

    Recipe Video


    Serving: 2tablespoonsCalories: 19kcalCarbohydrates: 1.8gProtein: 0.5gFat: 1.1gSaturated Fat: 0.2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.9gSodium: 287mgSugar: 1g

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    Liz DellaCroce

    Liz Della Croce is the creator and author of The Lemon Bowl, a healthy food blog. Since 2010, Liz has been sharing delicious recipes that just so happen to be healthy. By using real ingredients with an emphasis on seasonality, Liz has built a growing audience of loyal readers who crave good food for their families. Click Here To Subscribe to my newsletter:


    1. I use to buy ginger salad dressing years ago. But it’s no longer on the market. I ran across your recepie. And it is absolutely delicious. It’s the perfect balance of sweet, salty, and spicy. I will be making this often. Thank you so much for this recipie!

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