Japanese Sesame Dressing 胡麻ドレッシング

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  • Creamy and nutty, this homemade Japanese Sesame Dressing is made from ground roasted sesame seeds, mayo, rice vinegar, and soy sauce. It’s so easy to put together and serve with your green salad!

    Japanese Sesame Dressing is poured over green salad.

    Today’s recipe Japanese Sesame Dressing (胡麻ドレッシング) was one of the readers’ request a while ago.  Since my son loves Japanese sesame dressing, I keep making different versions.

    This particular dressing is actually my husband’s favorite. I wrote down the recipe so that I can make it again, but usually, I keep altering the recipe to see if I can improve it. He likes this particular one because he likes the taste of vinegar in it (so yes, it may be a little sour for some of you).

    A wooden bowl containing green salad with Japanese sesame dressing.

    Some sesame dressing is too creamy (more mayonnaise) and he doesn’t like it too much. This dressing, on the other hand, has just enough mayonnaise to be called “sesame dressing”.  I’m happy because it’s a healthier version by using less mayo.  You might want to add more mayo if you prefer the dressing to be more creamy. Have a great weekend everyone!

    A wooden bowl containing green salad with Japanese sesame dressing.

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    4.63 from 24 votes
    A wooden bowl containing green salad with Japanese sesame dressing.
    Japanese Sesame Dressing
    Prep Time
    10 mins
    Cook Time
    5 mins
    Total Time
    15 mins
     

    Creamy and nutty, this homemade Japanese Sesame Dressing is made from ground roasted sesame seeds, mayo, rice vinegar, and soy sauce. It's so easy to put together and serve with your green salad!

    Course: Condiments, Salad
    Cuisine: Japanese
    Keyword: sesame vinaigrette, wafu dressing
    Servings: 3
    Author: Nami
    Ingredients
    Instructions
    1. Put sesame seeds in a frying pan and toast them on low heat. When 2-3 sesame seeds start popping, remove from the heat.
      Sesame Dressing 1
    2. Grind the toasted sesame seeds with a mortar and pestle until smooth.
      Sesame Dressing 2
    3. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and whisk everything together. Drizzle on top of a simple salad of ice burg lettuce topped with tomatoes, boiled eggs, wakame, and corn. You can keep the dressing in the refrigerator for up to a week.
      Sesame Dressing 3
    Recipe Notes

    Recipe by Namiko Chen of Just One Cookbook. All images and content on this site are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without my permission. If you’d like to share this recipe on your site, please re-write the recipe and link to this post as the original source. Thank you.

    Update: Photos updated in November 2013

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