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Asian Toasted Sesame Dressing Recipe

Just because it comes in a bottle doesn’t mean it’s better. Homemade salad dressing always tops store-bought! This Asian toasted sesame dressing is bright and refreshing. Pair your salad with a warm bowl of cream of potato soup for an easy weeknight dinner or another entree for a keto approach.

Asian Toasted Sesame Dressing Recipe

My husband is a great meter for new, homemade recipes. He’s very skeptical of things that I make myself that he already (really) enjoys from the store. When he says something like, “That looks just like a *real* English muffin!” it’s music to my poor, kitchen-weary ears.

If husband says, “This might be better than the real thing,” I’m jumping for joy knowing I have a winner.

He said that about this recipe.

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I first tried making my own homemade dressings this spring when I gave up white sugar for Lent. (You can see four homemade salad dressings with extra virgin olive oil here and a whole bunch of dressings here.)  I’ve fiddled with those recipes and tried to mimic other favorite bottled versions, but this is the first I made totally on my own. It’s a reverse engineered Kraft Asian Toasted Sesame Dressing, souped up to be so much more healthy because it uses healthy oil, real seeds and real garlic.

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Asian Toasted Sesame Dressing

  • Author: Katie Kimball


  • 2 Tbs. apple cider vinegar
  • 23 Tbs. soy sauce
  • 1 Tbs. sesame oil (optional) plus extra virgin olive oil (use the code STEWARDSHIP for 10% off at that site!) to make 1/2 cup
  • 2 tsp. sesame seeds, toasted*
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 tsp. ginger

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  1. Whisk apple cider vinegar, olive oil, optional sesame oil and soy sauce.
  2. Whiz the garlic and toasted sesame seeds in a mini-food processor until garlic is in small pieces.
  3. Combine and enjoy!
  4. *To toast sesame seeds, put them on a dry cookie sheet in the toaster oven and toast on light once or twice until lightly browned and aromatic. No toaster oven? You could certainly use a regular oven on low heat – just watch the closely every few minutes to make sure they don’t burn. I’m thinking you could also put them in a hot, dry pan and stir constantly until browned, but I haven’t tried that myself.


Store in the fridge (I think?) and try to remember to take it out a half hour before dinner, because the olive oil will solidify when cold.

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Don’t you think this would be marvelous for a main dish salad with a marinated chicken breast and those crunchy Asian chow mein noodles? You could add lots of vegetables to really make your salad count!

Asian Toasted Sesame Dressing Recipe

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Asian Toasted Sesame Dressing Recipe
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21 thoughts on “Asian Toasted Sesame Dressing Recipe”

  1. This was SO GOOD! I subbed coconut aminos for soy sauce and omitted ginger and added s+p for health reasons… but I could drink this straight out of the bottle! Thanks so much for sharing. 🙂

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  3. If you eat your dressings quick enough, you can leave them on the counter. No more than a few days though. I add mustard and redhot to almost all of mine (not your asian one I wouldn’t, well maybe some redhot lol). This further extends the shelf life IMO as neither of those need refrigeration either. 🙂

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  6. Alison @ Hospitality Haven

    You should add this link to my “Taste the World” meme starting today! We’re focusing on Chinese food, and this would fit well. 🙂

  7. Wow, this sounds awesome. When i was reading the ingreadients I thought to myself that I have some whole grain soba noodles just screaming to have this poured over them for a cold salad. If I had them, some chopped green onions added would be tasty too!

  8. Amy @ Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free

    I love making my own dressings – yours looks so good. My Aunt Linda makes a fabulous Asian flavored dressing that she wrote down for me and I need to dig it up and make it. I also appreciate that it’s entirely from scratch.

    Thanks so much for sharing this on Slightly Indulgent Mondays! It’s a great addition to the other recipes that have been shared there.

    Also – many thanks for the invite for Thursday. I’ve got it on my calendar.

  9. Nicole Feliciano

    I have a similar one in my arsenal. Love it with greens called tatsoi…new to me. Can’t wait to see what you come up with for tomorrow’s Momtrends Friday Food feature. My recipe is pork–until then!
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  10. I think that sounds just great. It would go well with the Asian Ramen Noodle Salad I made the other day:

    I am trying to eat more salads (trying to follow your Monday Mission) and just bought a bunch of lettuce…I think I will try this dressing over the weekend. I actually have ALL the ingredients on hand!! 🙂
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  11. It sounds so wonderful and versatile. Thanks for sharing your recipe
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  13. This is a lovely salad dressing and it certainly is a money saver. I hope you are having a wonderful day.
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  14. Live.Love.Eat

    I love your version & I’m with ya on making things healthier from the packaged goods you find in the store. This would go great on a salad along with what I posted today. Great blog!!!!

    Visiting from MomTrends. First time joining in.

  15. ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

    I just bought some watercress at market and this dressing would taste wonderful over it. Thanks.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~
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  16. I was actually going to search for some new salad dressing options as soon as I caught up on my blog reading. Thanks!!
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  17. Wardeh @ GNOWFGLINS

    This looks REALLY good. I’ll try it!
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  18. Kimi @ The Nourishing Gourmet

    This is a great sounding recipe! So simple too. Thanks for sharing!
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