A simple sesame and soy salad dressing doubles as a sauce or marinade for your favorite meats, tofu or vegetables.
Toasted sesame seeds and sesame oil give this dressing a deep, rich flavor. It's great on salads, warm and cold, as a marinade for anything or as a sauce for a noodle dish or stir fry. It comes together in only a few minutes and keeps in the fridge for weeks!
Ingredients to make this recipe
- Sesame seeds, toasted
- Avocado oil - I use avocado oil for it's mild flavour. You can replace it with olive oil or another "light" tasting oil.
- Low sodium soy sauce - I mostly use low sodium soy sauce so that I can season my food to my liking. But feel free to use regular soy sauce.
- Rice wine vinegar - Rice wine vinegar is mild but if you want an extra bite you can use white or white wine vinegar.
- Honey or sugar - If you don't have any honey you can use sugar and whisk until the sugar is dissolved.
- Sambal Oelek - An Indonesian chili paste that, in my opinion, is a must have condiment! If you can't find any at your grocery store you can order it here - Sambal Oelek . You can substitute with another hot sauce or ½ tsp. of dried chili flakes. Or omit it completely if you don't like the heat.
Toasting Sesame Seeds
Toasting sesame seeds is easy but you really have to be careful not to burn them. Place the sesame seeds in a skillet over medium heat. Stir often until you start to see them brown. When they are a golden color remove from heat and put into another dish to stop the browning. They can burn quickly so whatever you do, don't walk away!
How to store it
Sesame Soy Dressing will keep in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. Whisk before using.
If you are looking for a way to use this dressing for something other then a salad, try my Beef and Broccoli Rabe Stir Fry recipe. It uses the dressing as both the marinade and the sauce.
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Sesame Soy Dressing
- ¼ cup sesame seeds, toasted
- ¼ cup soy sauce, low sodium
- 1 ½ tablespoon toasted sesame oil
- ¼ cup rice wine vinegar
- ¼ cup avocado or other neutral oil
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon Sambal Oelek chili paste, optional
- Toast the sesame seeds by placing in a skillet over medium heat. Stir often until they start to brown. Remove from heat and transfer to another dish as soon as they reach a golden color. They can go from brown to burnt quickly so keep a close watch. Let cool.
- Whisk together all the ingredients in a mason jar or other container. If using a jar you can put the lid on and give it a good shake.
- This dressing will keep in the fridge for 2-3 weeks.
Keep this dressing in the fridge for quick stir fry’s. And leafy green snacks
Mary Lou SK says
We had this for dinner last night, it was easy and delicious!
Great recipe thank you very much! How much dressing do you use for one serving of a meal size salad for lunch.
You can use as much or as little as you like!
Delicious and super easy to make!
Lydia Ann McIsaac says
how do you toast sesame oil?? the recipe calls for 1 1/2 tbsp toasted sesame oil
This looks amazing: thanks!
The sesame oil is bought "toasted". Hope you enjoy the dish! 😀
Shoot!! I missed the "Toasted" part on the sesame oil... Still ok with regular sesame oil? Is it a flavour thing?
You can use the regular one too. 👌
Debbie Gabrysch says
What is sambal Oleg chili paste?
There is a description and a photo of it in the post. 😃
Diane H. says
Super easy way to create great flavour!