Homemade Asian Dressing 4-1-1

February 27, 2012

toasted sesame ginger salad dressing

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I needed wanted a salad dressing with an Asian flavoring to it. Not one to follow recipes, I gathered the ingredients I wanted to use and began experimenting. I came up with this fantastic tasting dressing that is super simple to make and remember. But before I share the recipe, here is a reason why making your own dressing is best.

Here are the ingredients on a bottle of sesame dressing you can buy at the store:
Soy sauce (water, wheat, soybeans, salt), soybean oil, high fructose corn syrup, water, apple cider vinegar, sugar, toasted sesame seeds, contains less than 2% of spice, garlic, caramel color, citric acid, garlic juice, xanthan gum, phosphoric acid, natural flavor, propylene glycol alginate, polysorbate 60, vinegar, salt, vitamin e
I try to avoid high fructose corn syrup whenever possible. So here is my homemade Asian dressing. You'll see why I named it 4-1-1 as well. 

4 Tbsp Toasted sesame oil
1 Tbsp rice vinegar
1 Tbsp soy or tamari sauce
1 Tbsp grated ginger (I use a Microplane Zester
1 Tbsp raw honey

I put all the ingredients in a bowl and whisk (you really don't need 3 whisks, but are these not the prettiest!) them.

It is that simple. And because it is a 4-to-1 ratio, it is really easy to remember.

I also have a video for a simple way to peel ginger. 

I have done a series of homemade dressings and sauces, where you can find all of them listed with links.