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Garlic Sesame Miso Dressing


I believe I promised you all a recipe!

I have to give props to my bff Emily for the inspiration on this one. I have recently come to love miso paste as an ingredient and have made everything from miso glazed salmon to miso soup with delicious results. So when Emily asked me if I had made a miso salad dressing I thought to myself  No… but what am I waiting for? And so this dressing was born.

What is miso exactly? A staple of Japanese cuisine, miso is a fermented paste made from soybeans that has a deliciously salty and earthy flavor that can be used as a base or seasoning in just about anything. It’s also really good for you! Some of the health benefits of miso include:

  • Aids in digestion
  • Rich in enzymes, beneficial microorganisms, and probiotics
  • It’s a complete protein!
  • Good source of B vitamins

The paste can be a bit pricey but a little goes a long way and I think it’s entirely worth every cent! And seeing how good this dressing was, I have a feeling I’ll be going back to the store for more soon…


Garlic Sesame Miso Dressing

by Lauren

Prep Time: 5 minutes


Ingredients (dressing for 1 large salad)

  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 T. white miso paste
  • 2 T. rice vinegar
  • 1/2 T. toasted sesame oil
  • 1/2 T. plain sesame oil
  • 1 T. olive oil
  • 1 T. lemon juice
  • 2 t. honey
  • water as needed


Place all the ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth and creamy, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.

If the dressing is too thick, add water (only a teaspoon at a time, it doesn’t need much) and blend again until it reaches the consistency you desire.

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I put the dressing on a salad of butter lettuce and raddichio (the mix is one of the bagged salads at Trader Joe’s), chopped carrots, sweet corn, and sliced sauteed chicken breast. Any mix of veggies would be delicious! I’m thinking some sliced green onion would really put it over the top.

I love love love salad dressing and will definitely be experimenting with more soon so look out! :)

Thanks for reading!


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  • Emily April 16, 2012, 2:18 pm

    Yay!!! now can you bottle some and send it to me. k. thanks.
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  • Helen April 17, 2012, 2:49 pm

    I have always been tempted to buy some miso but never do. I know that a little goes a long way so the price wasn’t my issue; however, I have wondered how long it will last. Seeing as to how I wouldn’t want it to “go bad” before I use it since it is pricey. Do you know if it will last for a while?
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    • Lauren April 17, 2012, 4:30 pm

      It lasts for months and months! :) I think its long shelf/fridge life is because it’s fermented. I’ve had mine for a couple months and it’s still in perfect shape!

  • fallen from flavour April 17, 2012, 7:22 pm

    now that’s a salad i’d want to tuck in to!

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