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WAFU® Japanese Vinaigrette Review & Giveaway (Closed)

WAFU® Japanese Vinaigrette Review | JustOneCookbook.comA couple of weeks ago I was contacted by a Canadian company which sells WAFU® Japanese Vinaigrette to see if I’m interested in sampling their dressing.  The funny thing is this dressing is actually one of my husband’s favorites, so I happily accepted the offer.  This review is based on our own experience and we did not get any compensation from the company other than a dozen of free samples.

WAFU Japanese Vinaigrette comes in four flavors: Original, Original Light (43% less fat than Original), Ginger Carrot, and Wasabi Edamame.

WAFU Japanese Vinaigrette

To fully enjoy these salad dressings, I prepared my typical Japanese salad: Iceberg lettuce, sliced cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, sliced hard boiled eggs, wakame (seaweed), and kaiware daikon (Daikon radish sprouts).

We had previously tried Original flavor when my husband bought them from the Asian markets.  One day, he was really craving the salad dressing Japanese restaurants in our area serve (typically on the salad with lunch and dinner specials).  He was really happy he found off-the-shelf dressing that tasted similar.  The Original dressing is very tasty.  It’s creamy and not too tangy.  If you don’t like sour dressings, you don’t have to worry about that.  We actually like a little bit of sourness in our dressings, but we still enjoy this dressing very much.

WAFU Japanese Vinaigrette Review II

Then we moved on to Ginger Carrot flavor.  We never tried this flavor before so we were very excited to try this one out.  The dressing has beautiful orange color from the carrot and looks very appetizing on fresh greens.  We poured this over on the same Japanese salad and surprisingly the taste was also recognizable.  It’s the same or similar flavor as the salad quite a few Japanese restaurants also serve.  I could definitely taste the ginger flavor but it’s not too strong that it overpowers the carrot.  It’s a great match from these two ingredients.

Lastly we tried Wasabi Edamame.  If you are my frequent readers of my blog, you all know that my husband and I don’t like wasabi.  I know, I know, I might be the only Japanese grownup who refuses to eat wasabi when I eat sushi.  Am I missing it out?  It’s okay, I really don’t like the taste…  But the first two dressings were really delicious so I tried Wasabi Edamame.  Hm…  I “can” eat it, so wasabi is not as strong as eating regular wasabi.  But let’s just say I rather stay out of the wasabi flavor.  Edamame definitely made the wasabi taste milder, but if you don’t like wasabi, you definitely can sense it’s in the dressing.

Over all, we love the dressing very much, even the Light healthy version of the Original flavor.  All these dressings are very creamy, yet they are surprisingly not heavy at all.  The consistency of the cream is very thin, so the silky texture goes around the salad nicely and it’s just the right amount of tanginess and sweetness.  Since we enjoyed these dressing so much, I thought I should share some of the dressing that I received from the company since I could easily buy more from my nearest Japanese and Chinese supermarkets that I go often (They’re not widely available in the US yet, but if you’re in California you can find them in Japanese and Korean stores and in the San Francisco area.  Molly Stone’s will be carrying them.  You can also order on amazon.com.).

YOU could win one of two sets of WAFU® Japanese Vinaigrette: one (1) set of Original (Light) & Ginger Carrot or one (1) set of Original (Light) & Wasabi Edamame.

To enter, please leave a comment on this post.  This giveaway is WORLDWIDE and expires on Sunday, March 4th, 2012 at 12:00 pm PST.  Entries that do not meet the entry requirement will not be considered.  Winners will be selected by random.org and announced in the post on Monday, March 5th.

Full disclosure: This giveaway is sponsored by yours truly.

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  • chinmayie @ love food eat February 27, 2012, 12:06 am

    Love the third photo Nami… That looks so beautiful. That ginger carrot flavor sounds really interesting :)

  • Alessandra February 27, 2012, 12:41 am

    Worldwide!!! I am entering straight away!!!

    Good luck to meeeeee for the second set (love wasabi and edamame!)


  • Yumekoalisa February 27, 2012, 1:06 am

    Would love to try it if Nami says it’s good! Usually make all my salad dressings and stopped buying though

  • Angeline February 27, 2012, 1:11 am

    Nami, I would love to win one of those bottles. If can I love the first set, so I can make simple salad with this WAFU dressing for the kids at home.


  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella February 27, 2012, 1:36 am

    They look really interesting. the ginger and carrot sounds like an intriguing mixture! And thank you for opening this up to worldwide Nami!

  • Brenda February 27, 2012, 1:40 am

    Ooh salad dressings! :) healthy lifestyle better dressed!

  • jack February 27, 2012, 1:46 am

    I don’t like wasabi either, the taste just doesn’t do it for me! But would love to try the other flavours – looks delicious :)

  • Nigel Eats February 27, 2012, 2:18 am

    Would love to try out the different salad dressings!(:

  • Nonbirira February 27, 2012, 2:31 am

    Yes, please! They look delicious! (I’m a sucker for anything with ginger!)

  • Choc Chip Uru February 27, 2012, 2:47 am

    These vinaigrettes look delicious and perfect for using in lots of different oriental cooking :D
    Just wanted to stop by, not entering the giveaway – good luck to the winner :)
    And you are most generous!

    Choc Chip Uru

  • Alyssa February 27, 2012, 2:52 am

    I always thought when we went to a Japanese restaurant that the salad was more to suit American tastes. I didn’t know that it was a traditional salad. I guess you learn something every day. Each of those dressings sound wonderful, but I think the edammame wasabi sounds the most interesting. Although I love spicy food, wasabi isn’t my favorite. However, this dressing seems very different from all of the others. Great photos too, as always!

  • Eri February 27, 2012, 2:53 am

    Hi Nami,

    I am glad you have done a review on these dressings, I have seen them at my local grocery store, wondered about them but haven’t tried them out yet. So I would love to win a set! We love salad and all things Japanese flavored… Thanks for your post!


  • Christine T February 27, 2012, 3:40 am


    This dressing sounds very interesting. I’ve not seen it in the local Japanese supermarkets.Would love to try these ;) I eat a lot of salads and love Japanese salad dressings.

    I frequently buy the sesame seed ones as well as yuzu.

    Thank you for the giveaways


  • Maya February 27, 2012, 4:10 am

    i love salad and i would definitely love ginger carrot! i would be very glad if i have the bottles for free!!! Thanks in advance! ^_^ xox0x0x

    Goodluck for me!


  • Tobias @ T and Tea Cake February 27, 2012, 4:11 am

    The way you layered the salad makes it look so cute and appetizing with the red dots of tomatoes. :)
    I’m wondering what kind of flavour is added by the edamame as it generally is fairly subtle. Hmmm.


  • Janice February 27, 2012, 4:13 am

    Thanks for the review and giveaway, Nami. I’m intrigued by the idea of a wasabi dressing but not really sure I would enjoy it too much — on the other hand, ginger carrot sounds yummy!

  • HJ February 27, 2012, 4:21 am

    I’ve always wanted a good creamy Japanese dressing recipe but winning this gift wouldn’t be so bad ;)

  • Debs @ The Spanish Wok February 27, 2012, 4:24 am

    Nami you shock me, not liking Wasabi!!!! surely that’s against the law LOL.

    Well, I love wasabi and would be just soooo delighted to win your prize with the wasabi endamame.

    Thanks, Debs.

  • Sandra February 27, 2012, 4:25 am

    I really need to start visiting our teeny tiny inrternational market. The ginger carrot would be my favorite and the Mr. would go for the wasabi. Wasabi and I don’t get along too well.

  • Sonia aka Nasi Lemak Lover February 27, 2012, 4:25 am

    I love Japanese salad ! Your salad with this dressing sound very good and refreshing.

  • Ramona February 27, 2012, 4:25 am

    Nami, I bet those dressing were wonderful!! I love the pictures… well done. :) Have a great week! ~ Ramona

  • Mandy - The Complete Cook Book February 27, 2012, 4:43 am

    Oh how very exciting that this giveaway is worldwide Nami, because we don’t get this product here so would be fantastic to try them.
    :-) Mandy

  • Ellen M. February 27, 2012, 4:56 am

    They sound delicious. I don’t like wasabi either but my husband would love it. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake February 27, 2012, 5:16 am

    That looks really delicious! The sauce looks very creamy…and as usual, love your photos. :)

  • Tracey February 27, 2012, 5:35 am

    Nami-san, I was the one who originally asked about wafu dressing a couple months ago. It seems different to see it as a creamy dressing since the ones I loved so much in Japan were more oil/vinegar mix like what you posted. However, that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t love to try these!!

    Also, like you, I don’t really enjoy wasabi on my sushi. I feel it, like eel sauce, masks the clean flavor of the fish and rice. Here in the states, I always order my sushi with no sauce after I learned how very American it is to add too many flavors. Sushi was meant to be a simple taste, not the complicated mess we’ve made of it here in the U.S.

    • Nami February 28, 2012, 1:14 am

      Hi Tracey! I think 80-90% of Japanese restaurants in California (not sure if other parts of US are the same) serve this creamy dressing over the salad. In Japan there are many kinds of dressing available, not just this creamy kind. I have some dressings in my index if you want to take a look at soy sauce base, etc. Thanks! :-)

  • Jenny February 27, 2012, 6:00 am

    haha, I enjoyed that review! Don’t know if we can get that here, so here’s hoping for the wasabi!!!!

  • Shannon | Just As Delish February 27, 2012, 6:04 am

    I love Japanese salad, but don’t think I’ve tried Wafu dressing before. WOuld love to get the chance to try! thanks for sharing the products with your readers..

  • Sissi February 27, 2012, 6:05 am

    A very interesting review, Nami. I have never tried any of these dressings. They sound very intriguing and appetising. They also give me some ideas of new home-made dressing combinations… Of course the wasabi idea sounds fantastic to me who likes hot flavours! I must add it to my next vinaigrette and see how it works.
    Thank you for organising the giveaway! You are so generous!

  • Kristen February 27, 2012, 6:06 am

    Those vinaigrettes sound positively delicious, especially paired with that gorgeous salad of yours!

  • Mr. Three-Cookies February 27, 2012, 6:17 am

    These sounds delicious, and definitely interesting in the case of the carrot one. Never imagined carrots being part of dressing. You can dress carrots with this and call it double carrot salad:)

  • Ann@Anncoo Journal February 27, 2012, 6:25 am

    Pretty and healthy salad. I still have some fresh salad at home. Wonder I can get these Japanese vinaigrette at the Meida-ya store here.

  • Jen at The Three Little Piglets February 27, 2012, 6:37 am

    I’ve never seen them in the store, but the ginger carrot one sounds like it would be really good and make a great marinade as well!

  • Ira Rodrigues February 27, 2012, 6:37 am

    “i’m trying my LUCK because honestly I LOVE wasabi :)). These Japanese vinaigrette would make my life easier :))

  • Katherine Martinelli February 27, 2012, 6:51 am

    These dressings look great Nami, and fabulous photos as well! I’m so excited that the giveaway is open worldwide :-) My husband’s favorite food is salad so I know he would love to try these, and they come in such interesting flavors!

  • Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb February 27, 2012, 7:06 am

    yes, I am going to win this one! I am praying already. =)

  • Leanne February 27, 2012, 7:30 am

    Looking forward to trying out the wasabi one. Actually, they all sound delicious. it will be well worth it to try them all.

  • Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking February 27, 2012, 7:37 am

    This looks like a delicious vinaigrette, but looks even better being poured over that irresistible salad! Lovely giveaway, Nami. Thank you for sharing.

  • Jeno @ Week Nite Meals February 27, 2012, 7:44 am

    Hi Nami! Sorry for the lack of comments lately, work has been kicking my butt!

    I have got to remember the brand of this dressing, hopefully the local Asian markets carry them. We really enjoy the Japanese salad dressing at restaurants, the problem is I don’t normally fix salads at home, and when I do want to fix them I don’t really know which brand of dressing to buy… Now I know!

  • Daisy@Nevertoosweet February 27, 2012, 7:52 am

    Ohhh great Giveaway and YAY it’s worldwide perfect for us who aren’t in the States :) Mr Bao loves Japanese dressing! He’s always buying it whenever we go to Asian markets and it can be so costly in Melbourne! Hopefully I’d win and even if not I hope we’d be able to find some ‘WAFU’ Japanese dressing in Melbourne…but I doubt I will >_<

  • Marsha @ The Harried Cook February 27, 2012, 7:52 am

    I love the sound of these dressings! I have never tried a Japanese style salad dressing before, but I love the idea… My favorite would have to be the wasabi… Sorry, Nami! :) I just love that sinus-clearing stuff! :) Thanks for making it a worldwide giveaway! I have a giveaway going on too… Hope you’ll enter! Beautiful pictures, Nami!

  • Laura February 27, 2012, 8:02 am

    I love Japanese salad dressings! A lot of times, they are easy to make at home too. I just haven’t gotten around to it! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Tehi February 27, 2012, 8:04 am

    The Ginger carrot looks divine!!! Although they all sound wonderful, I’d love to try them!

  • Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family February 27, 2012, 8:07 am

    Nami–What a beautiful looking dressing. I have never tried it before and would be very lucky if I am chosen the winner.

    As aside I love that your photos are always so fresh in appearance…just make the food look that much better:)

  • Eri February 27, 2012, 8:18 am

    I’m interested, I’m interested! they look really yummy!
    Hugs Nami!

  • Mika February 27, 2012, 8:36 am

    Oooo, would love to try the original one. I love those salads they give you at japanese restaurants!

  • Leann Lindeman February 27, 2012, 8:49 am

    The ginger and carrot sounds amazing!

  • emily February 27, 2012, 8:56 am


  • balvinder ( Neetu) February 27, 2012, 8:57 am

    I leave wasabi while eating Sushi.
    Love your salad, being gluten free I use japanese soy sauce(Tamari). Are these other dressings gluten free?

    • Nami February 29, 2012, 1:48 am

      Hmm….the package doesn’t mention it’s glueten free.

  • Liz February 27, 2012, 9:02 am

    It’s so rare to find a bottled dressing that’s really tasty! Thanks for your review and recommendation :)

  • AD February 27, 2012, 9:08 am

    The dressings are also great for dipping and marinating. They’re not widely available in the US yet, but if you’re in California you can find them in Japanese and Korean stores and in the San Fran area, Molly Stone’s will be carrying them. You can also order Wafu on amazon.com.

  • Evelyne@cheapethniceatz February 27, 2012, 9:22 am

    Ha too funny I have mentioned this company to you before in the past and I just bought a bottle this weekend as I ran out, this is my FAVORITE salad dressing of all times. I have only tried the original though.

  • natalie radbill February 27, 2012, 9:25 am

    looks so good and never have tried these dressings

  • PolaM February 27, 2012, 9:44 am

    That looks like some yummy vinaigrette!

  • holly February 27, 2012, 9:47 am

    I enjoyed reading this post, ad I too love this dressing and feel the same about Wasabi. I loved all the dressings when I bought it at a cultural fair in Washington DC a few years ago. Unfortunately, I have since moved to HI and they don’t sell the dressing here so I would love to.win some! Thank you!

    • Gil Michel-Garcia March 26, 2012, 6:25 pm


      You can find WAFU Japanese Vinaigretes in Hawaii at Don Quijotes and at certain Foodland stores in Honolulu (in the R Fields section).

      Otherwise you can also buy them on Amazon.com.

  • Vivian February 27, 2012, 9:49 am

    I’m game to try all of the WAFU dressing flavours! Delighted if I should win and thanks for making the giveaway WORLDWIDE…I really dislike those sites that limit the pool to only one specific area, for WHATEVER reason. Makes many blogreaders feel second class.

  • Sophie February 27, 2012, 9:55 am

    The dressing sound really nice. Thanks for the review, I wish I could buy them at my local shop. I am a fan of goma (sesame) dressing but would love to try other flavours!! :)

  • Samantha Jung February 27, 2012, 9:58 am

    Your blog is great! Thank you for showing me how to wrap a wonton.

  • Luka February 27, 2012, 10:26 am

    This sounds so good! I have been looking for a good Japanese dressing..

  • erin February 27, 2012, 10:26 am

    wasabi and edamame independent of one another are AMAZING so I am kind of intrigued to try that one!

  • A_Boleyn February 27, 2012, 10:30 am

    I’m a purist when it comes to salads (no tomatoes, onion, cucumber) so I usually just have Caesar salads or coleslaw with a creamy, sweetish dressing, but I wouldn’t mind tasting the original or ginger variations. I love sushi with wasabi but don’t really care for the taste of edamame.

  • Tara Webb February 27, 2012, 10:33 am

    The wasabi sounds lovely! I’m going to see if I can find them online..

  • Suzi February 27, 2012, 10:41 am

    I like the saound of the wasabi dressing but they all loook good. What a cool give away. Hope you are having a great day Nami.

  • Maria February 27, 2012, 11:00 am

    I’ve always liked Japanese salad dressing. In fact, we buy the ginger dressing from our favorite Japanese restaurant!

  • Valerie February 27, 2012, 11:32 am

    I love Japanese dressings!! :) It just makes you wonder.. where do the restaurants get it from? :p Do they make their own? If so.. d you know what’s a good recipe? ;)

  • Valerie February 27, 2012, 11:33 am

    ..Unfortunately I’ve never seen these dressings here in New Zealand, but I’ll keep looking..!!

    • Nami February 28, 2012, 1:17 am

      Check amazon.com – the link is in the post. :-)

  • Sylvia@Peaches and Donuts February 27, 2012, 12:32 pm

    I haven’t seen that dressing over here in the UK yet but would love to try them!

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  • Josie February 27, 2012, 1:08 pm

    That vinaigrette looks super yummy! I’m always looking for ways to dress up salads.

  • leslie February 27, 2012, 1:16 pm

    These sound wonderful. The ginger carrot has my attention. Pretty new to your site and am loving it!

  • Elizabeth @Mango_Queen February 27, 2012, 1:18 pm

    Oh how delish that salad looks! I love your description of the different dressing varieties. I’m going to look for this brand next time I shop. Thanks for sharing this review, Nami! And yes, I’m back….tired, jet-lagged but filled with nice memories. Thanks for the blog-love,too!

  • Harrison February 27, 2012, 1:35 pm

    sounds like very interesting flavors! :D

  • kindra baron February 27, 2012, 1:40 pm

  • Kitchen Belleicious February 27, 2012, 1:47 pm

    wow! this dressing just sounds absolutely amazing. your pictures are just breathtakingly beautiful and I am now craving a salad!

  • Helen February 27, 2012, 2:17 pm

    I would love to give these dressings a try. Thanks for the giveaway!!

  • Nash at Plateful February 27, 2012, 2:35 pm

    You pictures look stunning, especially the last one! Love the vinaigrette too. Light and carrot/ginger would be my flavors!

  • amy @ uTryIt February 27, 2012, 2:41 pm

    This dressing looks creamy and beautiful. I usually make my own dressings for salad but this seems like a very convenience and tasty option when I’m in a hurry. Plus, I love those dressing from the Japanese restaurant as well. Would love to try this out. Thanks for sharing and a chance to win.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  • Martyna@WholesomeCook February 27, 2012, 3:12 pm

    I think your dislike of wasabi might have transferred over to me – I love the stuff, and when I eat sushi my soy sauce is thick and green with it! It would be my first choice. Interesting to see that your typical Japanese salad looks quite Western – is that a popular item on the Japanese menu?

    • Nami February 29, 2012, 1:45 am

      Salad itself is Western influenced dish (according to Wiki, we started to eat salad around 1950). Most commonly-used ingredients include iceberg or red leaf lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers…and wakame and other seaweed are often added for Japanese style salad.

  • Valerie Brunmeier February 27, 2012, 3:13 pm

    I love the dressing that the little Japanese restaurant near us uses on their basic green salad. I totally crave it from time to time and have to go get it. These look really interesting.

  • Aiko February 27, 2012, 3:21 pm

    I would love to try these dressings!!!

  • Yue February 27, 2012, 3:31 pm

    I don’t like wasabi too, it’s too strong… I found it difficult to choose the right salad dressing for salads here, sometimes it’s too creamy or sour, maybe it’s just me not liking salads…

  • Pat R February 27, 2012, 4:07 pm

    I’m always looking for ways to jazz up a salad. I think these would do the trick. Thanks.

  • Christine February 27, 2012, 4:09 pm

    I found this blog just today. I am going to a potluck this weekend as part of a Japanese Embroidery class and Exhibit, and wanted to make a tofu appetizer. I’m going to make your Hiyayakko. Thanks for a great blog, I have subscribed.

  • Reese@SeasonwithSpice February 27, 2012, 6:03 pm

    Yum yum..it’s sure fun to try out different dressings with a simple salad. Ginger carrot sounds like a refreshing combo. I’m still utterly surprised that you don’t like wasabi though.

  • Belinda @zomppa February 27, 2012, 6:28 pm

    A very cool where of kicking things up a notch!

  • CC February 27, 2012, 6:38 pm

    They all sound delicious! Really curious about the ginger carrot one…I love ginger..and carrot. haha. Thanks for the review, Nami!

  • Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts February 27, 2012, 6:39 pm

    I love trying new salad dressings, what a great giveaway. I am not a fan of wasabi either, but the ginger carrot one sounds delicious!

  • caroline k February 27, 2012, 6:39 pm

    my husband and i also love the dressing at japanese restaurants! this would be an easy way for us to enjoy it without having to go out with 2 kids :)

  • Reem | Simply Reem February 27, 2012, 6:50 pm

    Well the flavors look delicious….
    I love the 3rd photo Nami, so perfect!!!

    B/W I am so hoping I win this …. ;-)…. One more try..LOL

  • Asmita February 27, 2012, 6:58 pm

    Hi Nami,
    The dressing looks yummy! The photography is simply stunning!

  • Tara February 27, 2012, 7:34 pm

    The ginger carrot sounds great. I would love to win the first set.

  • Stacie Fontinell February 27, 2012, 7:37 pm

    These sound delicious! I would love to try the light one!

  • sophia February 27, 2012, 7:41 pm

    Wasabi! Wasabi! Wasabi! I don’t know why you dislike it, Nami (and yes I do believe you’re missing out, hee), but I love love wasabi! Haha!

  • ellen February 27, 2012, 8:05 pm

    I would like to try these dressings as we always have salads. (P.S. Love your blogs and recipes!)

  • Jackie | Sweet and Salty SF February 27, 2012, 8:22 pm

    Wow, I didn’t even realize that a company made the dressing found in Japanese restaurants! I love me a salad and really enjoy that type of dressing! I’ll be looking for it at Mollie Stone’s!

  • Joyce February 27, 2012, 8:39 pm

    I’ve always wondered about these dressings so I’m glad you posted this review.

    I’m Japanese-American and don’t like wasabi either, so you’re not alone. :)

  • Yi @ Yi Resevation February 27, 2012, 9:15 pm

    I’ve never seen this brand in the Asian supermarkets around NYC area. But I love the salad dressing from Japanese restaurant! I am not which one of those flavors is the one I love (sesame with a hint of sour and sweet) perhaps it’s the original! Would love to find. Thanks for the giveaway!

    • Gil Michel-Garcia March 26, 2012, 6:50 pm


      You can find WAFU dressings in New York at Fairway Markets (Kosher section), Union Markets, Mitsuwa, Fujimart, Sunrise Markets and H Mart. You will also be able to buy them soon at Food Emporium.

  • Debra Kapellakis February 28, 2012, 12:08 am

    The descriptions of the flavors of the dressings made my mouth water. The photo’s make me want a salad, NOW! thank you for sharing, Debra

  • Rosa February 28, 2012, 12:28 am

    Lovely vinaigrettes! I’m sure I’d love them. Very interesting sounding. I’m intrigued….



  • Medeja February 28, 2012, 2:47 am

    I’m not sure I would be able to find those dressings here.. Anyway salad looks really fresh and yummy!

  • Chopinand @ ChopinandMysaucepan February 28, 2012, 3:26 am

    Dear Nami,

    I’ve always liked a wafu steak with that tangy dressing. It seems to bring out the best flavours in so many different dishes!

  • Nancy/SpicieFoodie February 28, 2012, 4:04 am

    Hi Nami,

    I don’t want to participate in the giveaway, I just wanted to tell you that your photos are lovely :)

  • Parsley Sage February 28, 2012, 5:00 am

    That edamame dressing sounds delicious :) I’ve not heard of these dressings before. I’m almost positive we can’t get it in Cayman because I’d have been all over these! Great giveaway :)

    • Gil Michel-Garcia March 26, 2012, 8:13 pm

      You can find WAFU dressings in the Cayman Islands at Foster’s Food Fair (www.fosters-iga.com/).

  • Tes February 28, 2012, 5:17 am

    Wow what a beautiful dressing! Look so creamy :)

  • Biren @ Roti n Rice February 28, 2012, 6:00 am

    I don’t think I have seen this brand of dressing here but the flavors sound interesting. Most Japanese restaurant dressings here taste similar. They must use the same kind of dressing available out there. :)

  • Tina (PinayInTexas) February 28, 2012, 7:28 am

    Wonderful review, Nami! Sounds like a really good product and I would love to try it!

  • Suzanne February 28, 2012, 8:24 am

    Hi Nami, what a beautiful blog you have! I have only had a few Japanese meals so your blog sounds so interesting to me. The dressing all sound good to me, I’m always up for new flavor combinations and I like the wasabi flavor so that would be a good one for me.
    Your photos are really beautiful so glad to meet you.

  • Charles February 28, 2012, 10:48 am

    Hi Nami, what a lovely sounding bunch of dressings – especially the wasabi/edamame one. Yummy! You know, even though I enjoy wasabi, I never bother eating it with sushi because it just seems annoying to have to fiddle around with it like that. I heard that ideally, it should have already been added to the sushi, but they never do that around my parts :(

  • skip to malou February 28, 2012, 3:09 pm

    i never had tried this dressing but they look refreshingly cute in that bottle. I think i will love the ginger carrot one, sounds so good.
    great review Nami, you know that it’s unbiased and speaks sincerity.

    I haven’t bumped into you in awhile hehe. I hope all’s well!

  • Juliana February 28, 2012, 3:10 pm

    Nice review Nami…we always like Japanese salad dressing, but have to confess that never tried Wafu…will look for it next time at Marukai ;-)
    Great pictures as always…hope you are having a great week :)

  • Claudia February 28, 2012, 4:15 pm

    I shall look for these – I love sour and tang – and like my salad lightly dressed with vinaigrettes. Fun, delicious posting!

  • A.M February 28, 2012, 5:54 pm

    Hi Nami-
    I enjoy reading your blog!

  • Carolyn Jung February 28, 2012, 6:06 pm

    That’s OK about not liking wasabi — my brother does not like rice. We always tell him, “What kind of Asian are you that you don’t eat rice?!?” LOL

    I’ve had a couple of those dressings before. Good stuff!

  • donna mikasa February 28, 2012, 7:14 pm

    The dressings sound delish! Thanks for a chance to win!

  • rebecca February 28, 2012, 8:09 pm

    they looks nice and creamy

  • Denise February 28, 2012, 8:26 pm

    These dressings sound delicious. The carrot ginger one sounds interesting and different. I love your photos! So beautiful. I want to eat a salad now :-)

  • beti February 28, 2012, 8:35 pm

    they really sound good but I’ve never seen them, I’m always looking for new dressings with interesting combination of flavors, they all sound great specially the one with wasabi

  • Ami February 28, 2012, 8:57 pm

    My Japanese mother doesn’t like wasabi either! And I am only half-Japanese, but I don’t like it. So you’re not alone! And these dressings sound delicious (except perhaps the wasabi edamame).

  • Kim Bee February 28, 2012, 9:36 pm

    Great review Nami. I’d probably go for the ginger. I am partial to anything named Ginger, that’s my horse’s name. Lol!

  • Ann February 28, 2012, 10:14 pm

    That looks delicious – what a beautiful salad, Nami! …and I like a little sour in my dressing! YUM~

  • amanda February 28, 2012, 10:22 pm

    Thank you for the giveaway!
    I would love to try!! :D

  • Jessica February 28, 2012, 10:24 pm

    Hi Nami!

    These dressings look so delicious! I love all the flavors, especially a creamy but ‘light’ version. That’s perfect for health reasons :) I actually am very enticed by the wasabi edamame. Sounds amazing! And as always, beautiful photos.


  • Wai Hong February 28, 2012, 11:53 pm


    I googled “japanese sesame salad dressing” and I came to your blog. By coincidence i saw the dressing on the store shelf. I like your blog, good job!

  • Raymund February 29, 2012, 12:00 am

    Another competition, I hope the angel of luck is with me now.

    BTW that wasabi edamame looks interesting, I can already imagine the flavours

  • Maznah February 29, 2012, 3:20 am

    I would like to try too. Love your blog. Keep writing.

  • Yuliya February 29, 2012, 5:24 am

    Looks and sounds so tasty that I can’t wait to try set #1 :-)

  • Lori Lynn February 29, 2012, 8:08 am

    Hi Nami – great view. Love the color of carrot/ginger. And your shot pouring the dressing onto the salad, terrific!

  • Vicki Bensinger February 29, 2012, 8:37 am

    Ive been so swamped lately I can’t believe I missed this post. I’ve never heard of this brand of dressings. Do they sell it in the U.S.? The flavors sound wonderful and a nice compliment to salads or as a marinade to many dishes.

    My husband and son love wasabi although I’m not much of a fan. Real wasabi is actually very mild if you’ve ever tried it. Thanks for sharing this fun and generous giveaway.

  • Biana - Meal Planning Tips February 29, 2012, 12:49 pm

    The dressings sound delicious! Love the third picture of the salad with the dressing!

  • Evelyn February 29, 2012, 1:35 pm

    Nami, Ginger Carrot and Original are probably my favorite dressings. Will see if I can find them at our local supermarkets. Your salad looks amazing!

  • Barb K. February 29, 2012, 2:10 pm

    This looks so good. Sounds like all purpose dressing you can put on any type of salad.

  • Giulietta | Alterkitchen February 29, 2012, 2:12 pm

    I’m always curious about salad dressing, and this could be an opportunity to know some new ones :)

  • Pure Complex February 29, 2012, 2:17 pm

    Thanks for the wonderful review. I know I would’ve never heard of this product if I wasn’t a visitor here. And that salad looks superb. Wonderful post as always

  • Sharon February 29, 2012, 3:04 pm

    I love Japanese food, and am eager to try this, if I can find it!

  • Maureen February 29, 2012, 3:19 pm

    These sound really good. Where are they sold? I haven’t seen them in the shops in Queensland. :(

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com February 29, 2012, 3:45 pm

    That pouring shot is simply amazing!! I want to bathe in the ginger carrot dressing. Looks yum :D

  • Jeannie February 29, 2012, 10:00 pm

    Looks like everyone wants a bottle of that vinaigrette huh! Not suprising, I am curious about the taste too! :) and great looking photos!

  • Edwin March 1, 2012, 7:50 am

    Love your blog!!!! Those look yummy!

  • Mi Vida en un Dulce March 1, 2012, 8:25 am

    I never use a Japanese dressing on my salads, in fact I never saw it before. I think I have to take more attention to the Asian products in the market, I think I missing wonderful flavors.

  • Sara March 1, 2012, 11:30 am

    Great review! I am not sure how much I would love the Wasabi flavor, either. But ginger and carrot sounds wonderful!

  • Candice March 1, 2012, 1:44 pm

    Hi Nami,

    I love your salad photo. It looks so appetizing. =) I would love to win a set of the WAFU® Japanese Vinaigrette. The ginger carrot dressing sounds most intriguing.

  • A Little Yumminess March 1, 2012, 1:54 pm

    love Japanese dressing! esp. the one at Japanese restaurants!

  • Simply Life March 1, 2012, 5:27 pm

    what a fabulous dressing to try!

  • Silver Thistle March 2, 2012, 5:04 am

    Thanks for remembering your international readers!

    I’m not a fan of wasabi either but I’d love to try the others so please include me in your giveaway! They all sound yummy!

  • Lindsey@Lindselicious March 2, 2012, 9:46 am

    Mmm Ginger carrot is one of my favs! The wasabi one sounds super good too. I bet that would be good to use as a dip for something fried. Hahaha so bad.

  • Tiffany Naeole March 2, 2012, 9:50 am

    I have heard of WaFu dressing but have never tried it. I guess the name sounds so unusual so I was always apprehensive. This may turn out to be a good way to try it.

  • Mia March 2, 2012, 9:55 am

    It’s sad that I live in Canada but have never seen that vinaigrette here.. :( But from your pictures and review it sounds like it’d be a delicious vinaigrette..I should try looking for this in my city !

    • Gil Michel-Garcia March 27, 2012, 7:31 am


      I don’t know where you live in Canada, but if you live in Quebec you can find our WAFU Dressings at all COSTCOs, Metro’s, Sobeys, IGA’s, Loblaws’, and Provigo stores in Quebec, as well as most Japanese and Korean stores. In Ontario, you can find our WAFU Japanese Dressings at all Metro Supermarkets (near the sushi counters in the seafood department), as well as most Japanese and Korean stores, and some Sobeys Supermarkets and COSTCO Warehouses. In Vancouver, you can find our WAFU Dressings at Choices and Fairway Markets and at some IGAs.

  • kit l March 2, 2012, 10:31 am

    The salad looks yummy and so simple. I haven’t had Japanese dressing in a while. I used to love the Wafu non oil version in Japan but have not really found it stateside. I do like creamy dressings so this might worth a try.

  • nancy hom March 2, 2012, 10:52 am

    Japanese green salads are so refreshing, tasty and satisfying. Finding the perfect recipe for a good dressing has been difficult. Wafu brand bottled dressing sounds like a good alternative.

  • Christina Lee March 2, 2012, 11:54 am

    Looks so good!! I want~

  • Geraldine Go March 2, 2012, 1:09 pm

    Thank you for sharing this Nami! My sister and I love Japanese food. We’ve been looking for Japanese dressings in the stores.

  • Food Jaunts March 2, 2012, 3:52 pm

    I’m past the deadline for the giveaway but I love Wafu’s Carrot Ginger dressing, it’s definitely one of my favorites. Your salad looks gorgeous

  • Sam Bear March 2, 2012, 5:19 pm

    I never used to like wasabi either! but I guess I’m all grown up now since i absolutely love it!

  • Meryl March 2, 2012, 7:33 pm

    The vinaigrettes sound delicious!

  • Louis March 2, 2012, 7:33 pm

    Great giveaway!

  • Gina C March 3, 2012, 7:30 pm

    Never tried any of these dressing flavors. They do sound yummy though!

  • Magic of Spice March 6, 2012, 10:32 am

    Sorry I missed your giveaway, the dressings all sound wonderful! And I happen to be a big fan of wasabi, so I will look for these :)

  • Trader Joes Recipes May 22, 2012, 2:57 pm

    All the dressings sound yummy. I would love to try the Ginger Carrot, and Wasabi Edamame.

  • Kuba October 6, 2014, 1:36 am

    I want try it ! ;p