Drizzle this homemade miso ginger dressing over greens, shrimp or chicken for a punch of flavor. It takes less than 10 minutes to make! 78 calories and 3 Weight Watchers SP
Homemade dressings and sauces are a breeze to make and add a ton of flavor with little effort. This miso ginger dressing is no exception.
Many miso sesame dressing recipes have a creamy texture, but I opted for a thinner - think light vinaigrette - style of dressing. The result is a dressing that covers more territory, particularly when tossing it into a big salad, such as this powerhouse Superfood Salad. In other words, you need less dressing to cover more salad, decreasing overall calories, fat grams and sodium grams. All good!
WHAT YOU NEED FOR THIS MISO GINGER DRESSING:
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- Miso paste: I recommend using white (shiro) or yellow miso paste for dressings. For more information on miso paste, keep reading below. It can be found in the refrigerated section of some grocery stores. Otherwise, it can be found at Asian markets or online.
- Ginger: I like to fresh ginger on a microplane for dressings, but there are also squeeze bottles of pureed ginger available in the produce section of some grocery stores. Be sure to read the ingredients list and choose one that contains ginger only, without a bunch of fillers.
- Oils: Sesame oil adds a wonderful layer of flavor. Just a couple of teaspoons will do. A tablespoon of olive oil is also used in this dressing.
- Lime juice: Fresh lime juice, please! I promise that it makes a difference. I use this awesome citrus juicer for lemon and lime juice.
- Soy Sauce: Regular soy sauce will do, but choose tamari for a gluten free dressing or coconut aminos for a gluten- and soy-free option.
- Agave nectar: Just a dab of sweetness will do you. Honey (not vegan) or maple syrup could be substituted.
What is miso paste?
Miso is a paste made of soybeans that are fermented with rice, barley or wheat, and it's a staple in Japanese cuisine. It has a salty flavor, but is paired with other ingredients that help to tone down the saltiness.
There are a variety of different miso pastes, from white to yellow to red to brown. Each is fermented slightly differently and has a unique flavor. For example, white (shiro) miso has a milder, slightly sweet flavor and is fantastic for marinades and dressings, particularly ones that are paired with lighter ingredients such as vegetables and fish, such as this Shrimp & Zucchini Stir Fry. Darker miso pastes have a richer, more robust flavor and hold up well to dishes with beef and pork.
Is miso paste gluten free?
That depends. For some miso pastes, the soybeans are fermented with barley or wheat, neither of which are gluten free. Others are fermented with rice, which is gluten free diet-friendly. Many white (shiro) miso pastes are gluten free, but it's best to read the ingredients list and/or check the information on the company's website.
Other healthy homemade dressing recipes:
Miso Ginger Dressing Recipe
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the miso, soy sauce, lime juice, water, agave nectar, garlic and ginger.
- While whisking, slowly drizzle in the olive oil and sesame oil.
- Serve, or cover and store in the refrigerator.
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