WAFU® Japanese Vinaigrette Review

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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  1. Angeline

    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.

    Angeline

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

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  3. 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!

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  4. Eri

    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!

    Eri

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  5. Christine T

    Hi

    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

    Blessings
    Christine

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  6. Maya

    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!

    Maya

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  7. Janice

    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!

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  8. 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.

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  9. Tracey

    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.

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  10. 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!

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  11. Ira Rodrigues

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

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  12. 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!

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  13. Leanne

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

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  14. 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!

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  15. 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 >_<

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  16. 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!

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  17. Laura

    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!

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  18. 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.

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  19. holly

    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!

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    • Holly:

      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.

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  20. Vivian

    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.

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  21. Sophie

    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!! :)

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  22. 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.

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  23. Valerie

    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? 😉

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  24. 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!

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  25. 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

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  26. 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?

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    • 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.

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  27. 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…

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  28. Christine

    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.

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  29. CC

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

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  30. caroline k

    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 :)

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  31. Joyce

    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. :)

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  32. 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!

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    • Yi:

      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.

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  33. Debra Kapellakis

    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

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  34. 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 :)

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  35. 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. :)

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  36. 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.

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  37. 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 :(

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  38. 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!
    xo,
    Malou

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  39. 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 :)

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  40. 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!

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  41. 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

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  42. Ami

    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).

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  43. 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.

    Jessica

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  44. Wai Hong

    hi

    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!

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  45. 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.

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  46. 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.

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  47. Sara

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

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  48. Candice

    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.

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  49. 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!

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  50. Tiffany Naeole

    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.

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  51. Mia

    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 !

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    • Mia:

      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.

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  52. kit l

    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.

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  53. nancy hom

    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.

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  54. Geraldine Go

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

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