This Asian-inspired dressing is a combination of some quintessential Chinese ingredients. If you’re after a strong flavoured, umami dressing, this soy ginger dressing will be perfect for you!
For a punchy savoury salad dressing, re-create our Soy Ginger dressing to up your salad game. We combine aromatic Asian flavours such as tamari, ginger and chilli that will add oomph to a variety of dishes.
In this salad dressing recipe, we use mirin as one of the flavourings.
What is mirin?
Mirin is similar to sake but a little more subtle with less alcohol content and higher sugar levels. It adds the distinct sweet umami flavour to many classic Japanese dishes.
If you don’t have it, a dry white wine will work as a mirin substitute or a rice wine vinegar but please dial up the sugar in the dish to balance the sour.
This Soy Ginger Dressing would work well with so many Asian inspired salads such as rice based salads, noodles and tofu. Tofu is known to be bland but such a wonderful vessel to carry and absorb other flavours.
You can easily adjust this dressing to taste. If you prefer a little more zing, add 1 teaspoon of rice wine vinegar. For more heat, add chilli flakes to taste. We leave it up to you to try!
Soy Ginger Dressing Ingredients
Tamari: Using this Japanese sauce made from fermented soybeans as the hero of this recipe.
Rice wine vinegar: Quintessential Chinese condiment that is the perfect acid for an Asian salad dressing.
Mirin: A type of rice wine similar to sake. Will dial this recipe up a notch. The easiest brand to get would probably be the Kikkoman Manjo Aji Mirin.
Brown Sugar: Adding some caramel and coffee-like tones to the recipe.
Water: Used to dissolve the brown sugar.
Chilli flakes: Adds some heat to the recipe. Feel free to add more if you love spicy food.
Ginger: Using a microplane, grate the ginger finely to ensure an even distribution throughout the salad.
Sesame oil: This aromatic oil plays an important role in the overall balance of the dressing. Yet another ingredient that is a staple in any Asian pantry.
Soy Ginger Dressing Method
In a small pot, place water, rice wine vinegar, tamari, mirin and brown sugar together.
Over medium heat, simmer until brown sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and transfer to a small bowl to cool down.
Grate ginger into the bowl, then add the sesame oil and chilli flakes.
Best Salad for This Dressing
Pickled shiitake mushrooms, stir fried lotus root, crunchy edamame beans and dash of chilli and ginger, gives this healthy Lotus Root Salad a whole lot of kick that is perfect as a meal on its own or as a comforting side dish for entertaining
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Soy Ginger Dressing
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- In a small pot, place water, rice wine vinegar, tamari, mirin and brown sugar together.
- Over medium heat, simmer until brown sugar has dissolved.
- Remove from heat and transfer to a small bowl to cool down.
- Grate ginger into the bowl, then add the sesame oil and chilli flakes.
- Mix well.
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