I often use cashews or other nut butters to thicken salad dressings, but once in a while I crave something a little lighter. So when I stumbled upon the Open Sesame Salad Dressing recipe in Blissful Bites, I knew that I had a winner. As I make it, it’s more of a creamy ginger miso salad dressing with a hint of sesame. And the surprising, low fat, high protein base is silken tofu!
Creamy Ginger Miso Salad Dressing made Dairy-Free and Healthy
Even tofu-haters will delight in the fresh and creamy vibe of this ginger miso salad dressing. I did alter the original recipe quite a bit, adding ginger instead of garlic, upping the sesame oil for a creamier and richer flavor, and spiking it with a little more vinegar to heighten the taste. Even with just that wee bit of maple syrup, this sesame salad dressing is surprisingly sweet, yet the overall flavor is somewhat mellow.
The light and smooth taste of this recipe, coupled with the fact that it is low in fat and a good source of protein, gave me the excuse I needed to pour this dressing on REALLY thick. In theory, the batch below could top anywhere from 8 large salads to 16 smaller ones. But when I felt like having a big bowl of steamed broccoli, carrots, and brown rice for lunch, I used this sesame salad dressing as my protein source and dumped on a full 1/2 cup – restaurant-style!
Special Diet Notes: Creamy Ginger Miso Salad Dressing
By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, optionally gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, vegan, and vegetarian. Just be sure to pick your miso wisely – many brands contain gluten.
- 1 (12-ounce) package soft silken tofu
- ¼ cup rice vinegar
- 2 tablespoons white or light miso
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 4 teaspoons sesame oil
- 1-inch chunk of fresh ginger
- ½ teaspoon salt, or to taste
- 2 tablespoons water, or more to thin as desired
- Toasted sesame seeds for garnish (see note; optional)
- Place the tofu, vinegar, miso, maple syrup, sesame oil, ginger, and salt in your blender, and whiz until smooth, about 1 minute.
- Blend in water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until it reaches your desired consistency.
- Drizzle the dressing over salad, and garnish with toasted sesame seeds, if desired.