For a long time, I only used three salad dressings: ranch, Ceasar, and balsamic vinaigrette. I knew there was a whole world of dressings out there, but I never thought to use Asian-style ingredients in my dressings at home. Then, I went to a sushi restaurant where they served salads topped with an Orange Ginger Sesame Salad Dressing. As soon as I tried it, I knew I had to replicate it at home!
The version I made achieved the perfect balance of flavors while using all healthy ingredients. The orange juice and zest brought brightly, citrusy flavors while the ginger gave the dressing a spicy kick. The sesame oil was toasted and deep-flavored, the soy sauce brought a salty, savory element, and the honey rounded it all out with sweetness. Honestly, this may very well be the perfect salad dressing for everything from green salads to grain bowls and pasta salad!
Soy Sauce or Coconut Aminos?
You’ll notice we give you an option in the recipe below: you can choose soy sauce or coconut aminos for your Orange Ginger Sesame Salad Dressing. What’s the difference between the two? Although they have very different ingredient profiles, they both bring a salty, savory flavor to the dish.
Soy sauce is made by fermenting soy beans. It has an umami flavor and is deep-flavored and rich. The major drawback of soy sauce is that most brands use wheat as an ingredient. If you’re following a gluten-free diet (or, if you’re allergic to soy), you won’t be able to consume most soy sauce brands.
That’s why many people look to coconut aminos, a product made from fermenting coconut sap. It’s slightly sweeter than soy sauce, but you might be surprised to learn it doesn’t taste anything like coconut! Like soy sauce, it has a savory, umami flavor and a salty presence. You can use them interchangeably, so use whichever one your prefer in this Orange Ginger Sesame Salad Dressing recipe.
Yield: 8 Servings | Serving Size: about 1 1/2 tablespoons | Calories: 92 | Total Fat: 7 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Carbohydrates: 8 g | Fiber: 1 g | Sugar: 6 g | Added Sugar: 2 g | Protein: 1 g | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: 128 mg | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 3
- 2 large navel oranges, zested and juiced (about 2 tablespoons zest and 1/4 cup juice)
- 2 teaspoons peeled and finely grated fresh ginger
- 1 tablespoon raw honey
- 1/4 cup toasted sesame oil
- 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce or coconut aminos
- Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and whisk to combine.
- Alternately, you can place all ingredients in a mason jar, add lid, and shake vigorously to combine.
- Store unused dressing in airtight container in refrigerator.
- Shake to re-mix if not serving immediately.
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