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Asian Salad Dressing

asian salad dressing

This Asian Dressing is a family favorite.  Now that our garden is in full gear we are having home grown salads at least once a day.  In order to keep things interesting, I’ve come up with a variety of salad dressings and this one has stuck.  I kid you not when I say that the boys fight over the last drops.

So, here you have it!

Asian Salad Dressing

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  1. In a medium mason jar, combine all ingredients
  2. Shake well until combined
  3. Serve over favorite greens from your garden
  4. Store in mason jar for up to 4 days

Today’s Friday Freebie is the book Food Not Lawns.  All you need to do to be eligible to win it is leave a comment.  This book will be a great help in getting your edible garden going.

UPDATE: this giveaway has ended and the winner was Karen.

Have a great weekend and Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there.


posted on June 19, 2009, 68 comments

  1. Kari

    Thank you so much for all of these recipes!! You have helped me feel far less overwhelmed by what I have to do in order to heal. I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and am FINALLY getting relief by cutting out gluten, corn sugar, and dairy. Your website is perfect! Plus I wouldn’t mind some tips on how to start my own garden :). Thanks!

  2. New follower here – and I love your recipes. Would love to be put in for the book drawing and wishing you and your a Happy Father’s Day this weekend!

  3. Penny

    Hi Elana,

    Thanks for an endless stream of perfect, simple recipes. What I really appreciate about your concoctions is how straightforward they are–and how delicious. I’m making the cashew-based ice cream tonight.
    Are you still experiementing with chia seeds? They might be fun in an ice cream recipe. . .
    I will try this dressing, too. I have had great success with lettuce this year – my first try. Who knew it could be so easy!

  4. Betty

    Elana,

    I’d love this! I think gardening is going to be the only way I can afford to eat more greens! I have NO experience!

  5. Rachel @ bb4wa.com

    I love the ingredients, have them on hand and look forward to making this dressing. I’ve always thought that Food, not a Lawn made the most sense. When we lived in Denver, our entire yard was food and wildflowers and we had our wedding in the middle of it. :)

  6. Hi. I’m new to your blog, but am loving the recipes!

    I noticed your affection for agave nectar, and also noticed your post regarding MS.

    The Weston Price website recently published an article breaking down the chemical processing agave starch goes through to become syrup. The labeling “Raw” should be illegal.

    Here is an excerpt. The first half of the article is about corn syrup, the second is on agave “nectar”:

    “Agave syrup is a manmade sweetener which
    has been through a complicated chemical refining
    process of enzymatic digestion that converts
    the starch and fiber into the unbound, manmade
    chemical fructose. While high fructose agave
    syrup won’t spike your blood glucose levels, the
    fructose in it may cause mineral depletion, liver
    inflammation, hardening of the arteries, insulin
    resistance leading to diabetes, high blood pressure,
    cardiovascular disease and obesity.”

    Here is the link:
    http://www.westonaprice.org/modernfood/HFCSAgave.pdf

    I get so angry at the food industry!

    In health (and self-protection),
    Karen

    • Audrey

      Thank you for sharing this. Elana, I love your site btw. I discovered it a couple months ago. I am hyperglycemic and avoid processed sugar and flour, starches, etc. I enjoy a healthy lifestyle. This whole agave debate has me so disappointed. Agave has been my sweetener of choice for years now, and I can handle it better than other sweeteners. After reading Karen’s comment, I am now feeling a little…hmm, deceived. Yet another FDA approved in our nation that turns out to be questionable. I will continue to use it because I love it, but will be cautious with the amount I consume. Thankfully, I don’t eat high quantities of sugar, period. We weren’t designed to eat processed anything! Hope to see more date sweetened recipes. Maybe some applesauce or apple juice sweetened?? I don’t have time to experiment so I can only pray you will continue to do so Elana. Thanks again for all the wonderful recipes.

    • Karen Scribner

      Thanks for posting this. Everyone is trying to make a buck. If you need sweet, just used dried cane juice sugar or local to your area honey. Do not buy honey at the grocery store and do not buy it in a plastic bottle.

  7. Mary

    Loved the strawberry ice cream yesterday. It had great consistancy. I can’t wait to try this dressing!

  8. Julia

    Thank you for all of the wonderful recipes! I am going to try to make the strawberry ice cream this weekend.

  9. Tracy

    Oh, sounds yummy. I am going to go look for umbashe vinegar. Don’t have it in my cupboard. Would love for my kids to fight over salad. I am making Koren pork ribs, potato salad and walah, this salad dressing for a green salad. Oh so yummy!!!! Thanks so much Elana. Tracy

  10. Jenny

    I love anything with sesame! I just made your green goddess dressing actually and it was amazing – I can’t wait to try this one!

  11. Yum!I have a new love for umeboshi vinegar so I bet I’d love this!

  12. Melissa

    My husband calls you my new “hero”. Your recipes have been a great addition to our family. I have been in desperate need of tasty treats that are safe for me. This dressing looks great and I’m excited to have a new variation since I’m tired of the 2 dressings I’ve had to chose from.

    For some reason I am no longer receiving your recipes via the email subscription. I tried to resubscribe but it said I was already on the list. I hate to miss any of your great recipes so if you have any suggestions I’d appreciate it.

  13. Bree

    I grew up eating Ume, but have never thought to use the vinegar in a salad dressing. I can’t wait to give it a try.

  14. That sounds yummy! Do you know what I could sub for the umeboshi vinegar?

  15. Kimi @ The Nourishing Gourmet @ thenourishinggourmet.com

    Yummy! My half Asian husband would probably love this. Will try for sure. :-)

  16. Marci

    Will have to look for ume vinegar – this recipe sounds yummy!

  17. Cheryl @ gfgoodness.com

    that looks lovely. I’m tempted to try it on soba noodles

  18. Shari

    You seem to agave nectar in a lot of your recipes. My understanding of that sweetener is that it is no better than corn syrup. Do you have other info? Check out this article.

    http://www.newmediaexplorer.org/chris/2008/11/17/agave_nectar_the_high_fructose_health_food_fraud.htm

    Other than that I love your website and recipes!
    Thanks!

  19. valletta

    I just found your website, love it!
    Have turned on a few friends, too…Thanks!

  20. Andrea

    I’m thankful for another idea for dressing. The typical oil/vinegar dressing is getting old, yet we are up to our knees in greens.

  21. kangachick

    I love your website. This looks interesting. I am falling more and more in love with agave nectar. :)

  22. Stephanie

    That looks wonderful, I think I will make it in the blender so it gets good and emulsified.

  23. johanna

    So glad I found your site, and thankful for your wonderful recipes! Cannot wait to try this dressing!!! Your cookbook is on my birthday wish list and love seeing your emails come through to see what goodies you have come up with next.

  24. Gina

    Dear Elana,

    Thank you so much for this recipe, and your wonderful website, which has been a real dinner-saver for us.

    I can’t wait for your book.

    –Gina

  25. NutriMom

    Can’t wait to try this dressing.
    We love salads. Thanks for sharing

  26. Melody

    Yum! I’ve been on the hunt for more homemade salad dressings for all the lettuce we’re acquiring these days. This will be perfect! The book looks interesting, too! Thanks!

  27. Denise T.

    So happy to have found your page today! Really excited to try this dressing-I really don’t like store-bought dressings.

    I’m excited to share your page with some newly diagnosed celiacs.
    Thanks!

  28. Gina K.

    Hi, I have been trying to find a salad dressing that I like at the stores. I have not had any luck. Thanks so much for the ideas. I will be trying this one soon.:)

  29. The salad dressing sounds wonderful. I love to make my own salad dressing, too. We planted a small herb garden, some tomatoes, a pepper plant, and a cantaloupe vine. A random mix however we are really enjoying the process and have plans for a slightly bigger garden next year.

  30. gfe-gluten free easily @ glutenfreeeasily.com

    That is such a visually appealing salad dressing, Elana. It makes me want to make a salad right now just so I can try it!

    That books sound very neat. I am definitely anti-lawn, but we’re in the woods so not much growing goes on here. I love the idea though,and I might be able to grow a few things in pots in the little bit of sunlight we get. :-)

    Shirley

  31. Susan R

    Yumm, I can’t wait to try this. (Although will try a different sweetener.:)) And the book, it sounds like it would be a great reference book for an ex-apartment, now small yard, dweller.

  32. Paulette

    Elana,
    Thanks so much for all your delicious recipes. Of all the sites I’ve checked, yours is the one best suited to my diet. I love checking my emails and finding new recipes from you. You are blessed to have your garden growing already. We just got ours planted a few weeks ago. We doubled our garden this year so we could have more squash etc. We also planted a few blueberry bushes, currants and raspberries. I can’t wait to start eating from our garden. Thanks again for your wonderful site. Have a great summer. God bless always.

  33. Stacie K

    Nice! I have all the ingredients for this one. I bet it would make a yummy marinade for chicken or salmon as well. Thanks Elana! We ejoyed your ranch dressing last night on some chicken, avocado, tomato and bacon lettuce wraps…soooo tasty!

  34. Karen

    Can I sub another kind of vinegar? This sounds too wonderful! Will try it this weekend. Thanks!

  35. Linda

    Oh, this sounds delish! I will be trying it for sure. Thanks so much!

    Would love to be entered to win too…how fun, thanks for doing that too!

  36. I have been looking for this book at the library with no success- I hear it’s very inspiring! And your dressing sounds amazing- I have lots of greens of my own to try it on!

  37. Funny, I always look at these bottles by Eden and don’t know what to do with them. I love the idea of naturally fermented food. I’ll have to try this.

    Please don’t place me in the book drawing – save it for someone who really wants it.

  38. That book sounds great! We’re working on a garden right now. And thanks for the simple salad dressing idea – can’t wait to try it.

  39. Interesting, I find that this must be delicious. I will keep this recipe and the previous: strawberry icecream. Ummmm.

  40. Wendy Williams

    I already have vegetables and herbs growing in my front yard, along with flowers, grass and many many weeds. I’d like to take it a step further…

  41. Elana this is perfect!! I always feel a bit bad buying Asian dressings that are gluten free yet laced with too much other “stuff”! Thank you!!

  42. cheryl

    This dressing looks like a keeper for me. I usually mix up the same old oil and vinegar dressing so this will be a treat for my taste buds. Thanks, Elana.

    Cheryl

  43. Tracy Haughton

    Your blog is a constant source of inspiration to me as I embark on my first year gluten free. My nutritionist here in Marin County, CA directed me especially to your blog because of your focus on almond and coconut flours and on agave not sugar. I am eagerly awaiting your cookbook (I have it on order with Amazon.)
    I have long had ambitions to grow more food in my yard and the book you offer looks it would offer another kind of inspiration for taking on that project.

  44. Justine

    This dressing looks wonderful and I will try it soon! I was so excited that I finally got my 1st order of the honeyville blanched almond flour, I can’t wait to try it. I tried a few of your recipes with the TJ’s almond meal as that was all I had and they were not bad but this flour looks great- now, what to try first!!! I was wondering last night (because I felt nauseous and wanted a saltine) do you make crackers too? Thanks as always for all your shares! Justine

  45. Cynthia

    This salad dressing looks wonderful! one website i checked suggested using red wine vinegar with a little soy sauce as substitute for the umeboshi vinegar. It said that the umeboshi vinegar because it had brine was a bit saltier than ordinary ume plum vinegar.

    thanks for all your recipes elena!

  46. Shari

    Hi Elena,

    Since a controversy regarding agave nectar was raised, I did a search regarding Madhava Agave; I use their product with regularity. And of course they are based here in Boulder County.

    The following link describes Madhava’s production process. No high heat,and they use enzymes not man- made chemicals to distill the sweetener.
    The liver misfunctions mentioned were induced in clinical trials using vast amounts of agave. As in all things moderation is important, and we are all free to look into any processed food ourselves and make decisions ourselves. Here is the link:

    http://stanford.wellsphere.com/healthy-eating-article/madhava-s-craig-gerbore-responds-to-agave-nectar-controversy-here/584480

    Best,

    Shari

  47. Karen Bean

    Thanks for your site. Love Asian food and this dressing sounds great…. especially with the sesame oil! I love container gardening as leaning over isn’t easy at my age. Have gorgeous herbs and tomato plants now. Look forward to receiving the book and doing more! Thanks

  48. Ginnie

    sounds delish Elana! Thanks so much for sharing! We too are on a salad binge here and I am looking for healthy and interesting dressings.

    Thank you!
    Ginnie

  49. Marcia

    Elana,
    I so enjoy your recipes. My husband was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis a few years ago and we were advised to go on a diet without gluten, dairy, sugar, caffeine and nightshades (potatoes, peppers, tomatoes, eggplant). He has done so well – no meds needed! the nightshades are the biggest culprit.

    I wanted to share this with you in case it helped with your MS.

    Best of luck and thank you for the inspiration.

    Marcia in Seattle
    – Show quoted text -

  50. Rebecca

    I love salads! I always have a green tongue after eating them and my kids go nuts over it!:)Thanks for the new salad dressing idea!

  51. Kimberly Borgeson

    Thanks for the great dressing recipe. I check your site often for wonderful recipes!

  52. This dressing is one of my favorites and I hope you all enjoy it :-)

    Here are some other ideas pertaining to this recipe:

    1) Stephanie suggests making it in a blender to emulsify it –I’m going to try that.

    2) Stacie K suggests using the dressing as a marinade for chicken.

    3) Jennifer points out that unlike store bought GF dressings, this one is not laced with “other stuff.” Yup :-)

    And finally, to answer a couple of questions that are popping up on many of my posts…

    SUBSTITUTIONS -yes, feel free to substitute an ingredient with any other. Have fun, experiment. Of course, since I am writing dozens of recipes a week, I can’t possibly test every substitution idea you may have, nor can I tell over the internet how these ideas will play out, however that’s where the fun comes in, in terms of playing with these recipes and taking risks.

    DO YOU HAVE A RECIPE FOR…? If you are looking for a specific type of recipe (such as crackers in this instance), just head on up to the search bar and type in the word “crackers,” every cracker recipe I have will be at your fingertips in mere moments.

    WHERE CAN I BUY…? Coconut flour, almond flour, etc. All of the unique ingredients on my site are linked to a place of purchase to make things easier for you. In addition, all of these ingredients are also linked on the right hand side of my site under the section entitled “purchase.”

    I hope all of this information is helpful and I also want to add a special thanks to those of you that step in and help out in answering questions –hooray and thanks for that :-)

    Elana

  53. ~M

    This looks super. Thanks for the great summery recipes – and giveaways!

    • ~M

      This dressing is fabulous over sliced cucumber! In fact, my husband, who claims to dislike cucumbers, ate several slices dipped in this dressing. And then he proceeded to tip the bowl into his mouth. LOL!

  54. That dressing and chicken salad sound so tasty!

  55. LeeAnn

    I have been looking for a good asian salad dressing! This sounds easy and quick–my kind of cooking! I like the fact that there are only a few ingredients. I plan on making the salad and dressing for dinner tonight.

  56. CoconutGal

    Mmmmm just the name of this dressing makes my mouth water. Beautiful photo- that mason jar is the exact same one I have for my dressings, it makes them look so fancy!
    Does anyone have any suggestions for another “nutty” oil that would work in this recipe that is not peanut or sesame (Unfortunately I cannot tolerate either) I can’t really think of anything that would give it the chinese flavor besides those 2 but thought I’d just throw it out there?

    This book sounds like an interesting read, I am clueless when it comes to gardening!

  57. Helena

    I have just turned a corner – thanks to you, a good supply of veggies in the summer, and a chef friend, whom I witnessed being creative while cooking. I now see that I can be creative and make great things to eat without the use of a book! I just made something that rivals my favorite, stuffed cabbage. It is young bok choy (about a ft. long), two very large or three regular radishes. Slice stalks, and chop greens of bok choy and make small juliennes of radishes. Stir fry in about 2-3 tbs of coconut oil in wok, add salt and pepper, stir, and add some chicks peas in the last few minutes. I served it with sliced chicken sausage (with cheese and basil in it, I believe). I cooked the sausage separate and just sliced and mixed it on the plate with the stir fry. WOW! But the local butcher must get the credit for the chicken sausage. I guess I’m bragging. But it does feel great to trust your instincts and use veggies together that are coming into season at the same time. P.S. It looked great, too.

  58. Glorie

    Used this dressing as a marinade for pork tenderloin – added garlic & pepper – and then grilled it – we loved it! Thanks for all the yummy ideas! Glorie and Griffen

  59. diane

    I had seen this dressing before, but just made it for dinner. I have to say that it is delicious! Flavourful but light. I actually made the lime and agave chicken, cut it up in a salad and used this dressing. It was delicious! Thanks again, Elana – every recipe has been amazing!

  60. bubbiefay

    HI ELANA:
    IT WAS GREAT MEETING YOU AT YOUR BOOK SIGNING, LAST SATURDAY!
    IT’S ALWAYS NICE TO BUT A FACE TO A NAME!
    THANKS FOR All your great, easy recipies!
    bubbiefay

  61. Nguyen Ngoc H. Yen

    Thanks for the Sauce recipe. i know a perfect Salad recipe for this. You should try it sometimes. Just take about 10 mins. Here’s the recipe:

    http://allrecipes.com.au/recipe/13974/vietnamese-cold-noodle-salad.aspx

    It’s high fibre and totally gluten free ! Yum!

  62. Vienna

    This dressing is delicious!

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