Nov 17, 2014

Japanese Restaurant Style Carrot Ginger Dressing

I could eat salad at every meal if I had this dressing on hand all the time. Wow! If you’ve ever had it, you know what I mean. That bright orange salad dressing they serve at Japanese restaurants… it’s so lively and fresh, with a zesty kick of ginger. Now you can make it yourself at home! All you need is a blender or a food processor and some fresh, easy-to-find ingredients. Enjoy!

Makes about 2 cups. Tanoshimu!

Healthy trails,





Japanese Restaurant Salad Dressing

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 2 cups

A lively, fresh, oil-free dressing to brighten any salad!


  • 1 large carrot, peeled and chopped
  • scant ½ cup diced, sweet onion (see note)
  • 1″ knob of ginger, peeled and rough chopped
  • 2 TBS diced celery
  • 3 medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 TBS tahini
  • 1 TBS mellow white miso (any miso will do but the white miso is milder in flavor and has less sodium)
  • 1 TBS rice vinegar
  • ½ cup water


  1. Blend all ingredients in a high powered blender until smooth. Alternatively, you can use a food processor. Pulse the ingredients, scraping down the sides as needed until smooth.


I used red onion for this and it was a bit too assertive. I recommend using a sweeter onion, like Vidalia, or yellow onion.

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6 responses to “Japanese Restaurant Style Carrot Ginger Dressing”

  1. Terri Cole says:

    Oh this looks good! I got my Vita-mix roughly 2 1/2 years ago, around the same time I made the switch to a plant-based vegan diet. I have not purchased a single bottle of salad dressing since. One question, I have the smaller deglet noor dates, how many would I use? I'm thinking 4-5?

  2. Helyn says:

    Yes, Terri, that sounds about right. Enjoy!

  3. Anonymous says:

    I've been trying to figure out for years exactly what was in that dressing. Thank you for providing the answer! Can't wait to try it. -Laura

  4. Helyn says:

    Great, Laura! Enjoy!!

  5. Yea! I'm super excited about this recipe!

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