Ginger Salad Dressing

Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes

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

Pouring ginger salad dressing over greens.

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, and like clockwork, we would all order their famous green salads with ginger dressing. 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. My version is not only lighter and fresher, but can be made easily and simply from the comfort of home!

Ingredient

  • Rice vinegar: Low in calories, it has a wonderfully light, slightly sweet taste, opposed to traditional white vinegar.
  • Soy sauce: Strong umami and salty flavor, it balances out the sweet from the sugar and rice vinegar.
  • Ginger root: Freshly grated ginger root has a kick of spicy flavor, often with a tail note of sweetness. If you don’t have fresh ginger, ginger paste works as well.
  • Brown sugar: Enhances the natural sweetness of the vinegar and ginger root, while balancing out some of the acidity.
  • Sesame oil: I like to use toasted sesame oil as it adds an extra punch to the delicious, nutty flavor.

How to Make Ginger Salad Dressing

Adding rice wine vinegar to bowl

Start your ginger salad dressing by taking a medium sized bowl and add the rice vinegar.

Adding soy sauce to bowl

Then you’ll add the soy sauce.

Adding ginger root to bowl

Next add the freshly grated ginger or ginger paste.

Adding brown sugar to bowl

Followed by brown sugar.

Seasoning salad dressing

Finish by seasoning with a bit of salt and pepper.

Whisking salad dressing together

Whisk it together until fully combined and the sugar is dissolved.

Ginger salad dressing

Drizzle over your favorite veggie topped green salad, and enjoy your ginger salad dressing!

Frequently Asked Questions:

Is ginger dressing good for your stomach?

Due to the antioxidants and other anti-inflammatory properties of ginger, ginger dressing is very gentle on the stomach and good for your digestion!

Is ginger dressing high in carbs?

No, ginger dressings and sauces tend to be low in carbs.

How long is homemade ginger dressing good for?

Kept in the fridge in an airtight container, it should last for up to 5 days.

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Liz enjoying ginger salad dressing.

With how quickly this ginger salad dressing comes together, you’ll feel like you’re out at a Japanese restaurant in no time at all.

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Ginger salad dressing

Ginger Salad Dressing

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This is the healthy version of your Japanese steakhouse favorite! Made with just five simple ingredients, you're going to love this ginger salad dressing!
PREP: 5 minutes
TOTAL: 5 minutes
Servings4

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Ingredients
 

Instructions
 

  • 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.

Nutrition

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

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22 responses to “Ginger Salad Dressing”

  1. CherMomof5 Avatar
    CherMomof5

    I was looking for a light ginger dressing and this is PERFECT!! I didn’t have rice vinegar so used white wine vinegar. I literally drank the remaining dressing out of the bowl. ❤️
    I’ve had digestive issues and this has digested just fine. I put it on a small head of Romaine with baked chicken strips chopped up. Added some salt to top of salad and away I went. So much flavor even without the salt.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      That sounds delicious! So glad this dressing worked for you!

  2. Freda J Zook Avatar
    Freda J Zook

    We loved it!! Super easy and so good. I also threw some toasted sesame seeds in the mix.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      So glad you enjoyed it!!

  3. Andrea at Opulent Cottage Avatar
    Andrea at Opulent Cottage

    Great recipe! So glad I found this at the last minute tonight. I did also throw in a little TJ’s Yuzu Sauce, which put it pretty much over the top :)

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Ooo that sounds amazing!!

  4. Monte Avatar
    Monte

    Great Recipe, however what are the ingredients for the salad itself? That looks amazing as well!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      It’s a salad dressing recipe – just drizzle over any salad greens/veggies you wish!! :)

  5. Nancy Jay Avatar
    Nancy Jay

    19 calories for what measurement?

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Apologies – 2 tablespoons. Just updated the recipe! Enjoy!

  6. Scott Avatar
    Scott

    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!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I’m so happy you like it!!

  7. Gina Avatar
    Gina

    I’m literally giddy at the thought of being able to make this dressing at home. It’s my favorite of ALL dressings out there. :D

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      It is seriously the best!!

  8. Erin@WellPlated Avatar
    Erin@WellPlated

    Sushi Saturday?? This is a tradition I need in my life—and I need this recipe in my belly!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Right?? We have started doing it with our kids – it’s getting expensive though haha.

  9. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness Avatar
    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness

    Oh my gosh! This is my FAVORITE salad dressing ever, and I had no idea how to make it! We use Nakano Rice Vinegar ALL the time in this house, so this is perfect!!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      It’s the best!! I hope you love it!

  10. Susan Avatar
    Susan

    This sounds absolutely fabulous. Definitely want to try it.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Thank you so much Susan! Enjoy!

  11. fabiola@notjustbaked Avatar
    fabiola@notjustbaked

    I love using rice vinegar in so many dishes, but especially salad dressings. This looks awesome!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      You and me both!!

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Hey there, I’m Liz Della Croce and I’m thrilled to have you here! My aim is to motivate and ignite your passion for cooking amazing meals for your loved ones.