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If you love the salad dressing at Japanese restaurants as much as I do, then you must try my Japanese Ginger Dressing Recipe! It’s bursting with the fresh flavor you find at your favorite Hibachi grill and comes together in no time. Get ready to have a new favorite salad dressing recipe!
Hibachi Ginger Dressing
This is a little embarrassing to admit, but every time I go to a Hibachi grill, the part of the meal I’m most excited for is the little dish of simple salad served as part of the appetizer. I love the combination of crisp, simple iceberg lettuce, crunchy carrots, grape tomatoes, and the star of the show: ginger dressing!
The first time I tasted fresh ginger dressing on a salad, I was thrilled. There isn’t a single brand of bottled dressing I haven’t tried in my quest to capture that incredible Japanese salad dressing flavor. Now, I’m here to tell you, you can’t buy flavor like this!
But you can make it! After weeks of experimenting, I believe I’ve cracked the code. This savory, sweet, and zippy ginger salad dressing, made from fresh ingredients, bursts with flavor. Try it out, and you might find yourself obsessed too!
Ginger Dressing Hibachi Ingredients
- Peanut oil: A neutral oil with a slightly nutty flavor that helps blend the flavors of this dressing smoothly! If you don’t have peanut oil, replace it with canola oil, sunflower oil, avocado oil, or another neutral vegetable oil. Do not use olive oil or sesame oil as both are too flavorful for this dressing.
- White wine vinegar: You can also use rice wine vinegar (the best substitute), apple cider vinegar, or additional lemon juice! This adds a bright and tangy acidity to your dressing.
- Cold water: This will help thin the dressing out to your desired consistency. Without it, the dressing may turn out too thick.
- Celery: Contributes to the flavor and texture of the dressing with a subtle, fresh, and slightly bitter taste.
- Onion: White and red onions both work for this dressing. I tend to prefer white onions for a less sharp flavor.
- Fresh ginger: Make sure to use fresh ginger, not ground. Ginger is the core ingredient to this dressing, giving it its warm and sharp flavor.
- White sugar: This will help balance out the acidity of the dressing by adding a pinch of sweetness. You could also use an equal amount of honey instead, but keep in mind this may slightly alter the flavor.
- Soy sauce: Soy-free substitutes like tamari shoyu (gluten-free) and coconut aminos (gluten and soy-free) also work well for this dressing. If you use coconut aminos, cut the sugar content in half, as aminos are sweet.
- Tomato paste: Vibrant, rich, and slightly sweet, this adds additional color to the dressing and a unique flavor.
- Lemon juice: Fresh and zesty lemon juice is the perfect addition to any dressing, and especially this hibachi ginger dressing. Use fresh, not bottled!
- Salt and black pepper: Two ingredients you can’t go without – this will enhance the overall flavor of the dressing. Any type of salt will do as the dressing will be blended together.
How to Make Hibachi Ginger Dressing
- Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
- Taste the dressing and adjust it according to your preference, then pour it into a mason jar or other airtight container of your choosing.
- For best results, store in the fridge for two hours or overnight, then serve and enjoy!
For the full Hibachi experience, serve this dressing alongside homemade Yum Yum Sauce!
Ginger Salad Dressing Tips
- This dressing’s flavor improves over time! For the best taste, let it rest in the fridge overnight.
- Add a carrot for an easy Carrot-Ginger Dressing! Just make sure to chop the carrot beforehand and blend it thoroughly to achieve a finely mixed consistency.
- Before serving, give the dressing a good shake. Natural separation is expected!
- This dressing pairs wonderfully with hibachi dishes, meat, vegetables, fresh salads, and more. Be adventurous and try it with various foods!
Asian Ginger Dressing FAQ
Hibachi dressing consists of a mix of oil, rice vinegar, soy sauce, tomato paste, lemon juice, ginger, and finely blended onions and celery, creating a super flavorful dressing perfect for almost anything!
Making sesame ginger dressing is incredibly easy; all it takes is blending the ingredients together! Simply place them directly in a blender or food processor, and blend until smooth. Bottle, let rest, and serve!
recommend storing homemade ginger dressing in the fridge for no longer than 3-4 days. In the freezer, it can last up to 4 months. Make sure to leave about 1-2 inches of space at the top of the container, because liquid expands when frozen.
Storing Homemade Salad Dressing
- Fridge: Store the leftover dressing in a jar or airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. Shake well before serving.
- Freezer: You can easily store leftover dressing in the freezer! Place it in a jar or pour into an ice cube tray. Once frozen, transfer the dressing cubes to a labeled, freezer-safe bag for conveniently sized servings.
- Thawing: Thaw frozen dressing by microwaving for 10-15 seconds at a time, stirring frequently. Alternatively, let it thaw in the fridge until ready to use.
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- Blue Cheese Dressing
- Homemade Ranch Dressing
- Balsamic Vinaigrette
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Japanese Ginger Dressing
- Food processor or blender
See our Cooking Conversions Chart for help converting measurements!
- Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.½ cup Peanut oil, ¼ cup White wine vinegar, ¼ cup Cold water, 1 stalk Celery, ½ small Onion, 4 Tablespoons Ginger, 2 Tablespoons Sugar, 2 Tablespoons Soy sauce, 1½ Tablespoons Tomato paste, ½ Tablespoon Lemon juice, Salt and pepper
- Taste the dressing and adjust it to your preference, then pour into a mason jar or container of choice.
- Store in the fridge for two hours or overnight, then serve and enjoy!