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Ginger Salad Dressing

    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!


    • 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 mins
    TOTAL: 5 mins
    Servings: 4



    • 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.

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    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 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.

    2. 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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