The BEST sesame ginger dressing recipe – easy, creamy and better than store-bought. Great over Asian, Japanese or Chinese dishes, it’s quick & healthy!
I’ve said this before, but sometimes dinner isn’t about all the stuff.
Sometimes it’s all about the sauce…
- Got noodles? Add a meaty spaghetti sauce or homemade pesto.
- Got salad? Add homemade Italian dressing or homemade Greek dressing.
- Got vegetables? Add Thai peanut dressing.
And now you can add my sesame ginger dressing to the list too!
Creamy Sesame Ginger Dressing
Here’s why you should add sesame ginger dressing to your must-make list ASAP:
- Pantry Ingredients. There’s a 99% chance that everything you need is already in your pantry.
- Lick-your-fingers Good. In a side-by-side test of vegetables with sauce and vegetables without this sauce, the SAUCE ITSELF won. Who needs vegetables?!
- Made in a Blender. Or you can use a jar if you have strong shaking skills. (Or a whisk and a bowl if you’re old school.)
- It’s better than store-bought! Skip the Newman’s Own from Wholefoods – this is the best. Far better than any brand you’ll ever try, and SO easy to make!
- Allergy-friendly. Peanut-free, dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan. BOOM!
- No Sugar! Only natural sweeteners in this amazing sauce.
Are you ready to do this? Are you ready to completely transform your dinner? Let’s go.
Healthy Asian Sesame Dressing Ingredients
You only need 8 basic ingredients for this sesame ginger dressing:
- Almond Butter.
- Soy Sauce. Or coconut aminos or liquid aminos. Use Tamari if you’re gluten-free.
- Lime Juice. (I use bottled.)
- Sesame Oil.
- Maple Syrup. You CAN use honey, but it will definitely change the flavor of the dressing.
- Ginger. Fresh or granulated! (By the way, here’s how to freeze fresh ginger.)
- Red Pepper Flakes. Just a bit, for a little kick. (Don’t worry, it doesn’t make it spicy.)
- Salt. Optional, of course.
How to Make 5 Minute Asian Salad Dressing
In less than 5 minutes, you have a delicious Asian salad dressing ready:
- Minutes 1-3: Gather your ingredients.
- Minute 4: Measure everything into your blender.
- Minute 5: Process for about 30 seconds, or until everything is smooth.
What to Serve with Sesame Ginger Almond Asian Dressing
- A dipping sauce for chicken skewers or pork kabobs
- A dressing for Asian mason jar salad, crunchy Asian slaw, or Chinese chicken salad
- Drizzled over a delicious egg roll bowl or Instant pot steamed vegetables
- Over wontons for a date-night-in
My Other Favorite Dressing Recipes
Whether you’re enjoying a salad as a side or main meal, these dressings are sure to make your salad spectacular:
- Thai Peanut Dressing
- Cilantro Lime Dressing
- Greek Salad Dressing
- Italian Salad Dressing
- Ranch Salad Dressing
Save Money on Food
Making your own homemade dressings and sauces saves you money on groceries by using ingredients you likely already have in your pantry. Here are more ways to save money on groceries:
- Get 130+ ideas for how you can substitute for ingredients you might not have when you download this free master substitution list. Not only will you save yourself a trip to the store, but you’ll be using things you already bought.
- Read 38 ways to save money on food to help slash your food bill and groceries.
- Take a pantry challenge by eating as much of the food you already have, with little to no grocery shopping.
- Learn meal planning and budgeting in my course Grocery Budget Bootcamp.
- ¼ cup almond butter
- 3 Tbsp soy sauce
- 2 Tbsp lime juice
- 2 Tbsp sesame oil
- 2 Tbsp maple syrup
- 2 tsp granulated ginger (or grated, fresh ginger)
- ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
- ⅛ tsp salt (optional)
- Add all ingredients, including salt,** to a blender or food processor.
- Process for 30 seconds to one minute, until the sauce is smooth.
- Serve as desired.
- Makes about ¾ cup. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for 5-7 days.