My Mild Miso All-Purpose Salad Dressing

I love me some salad and I really love me some salad full of random toppings. I like to keep a couple of salad dressings in the fridge that have mild yet interesting flavors to complement whatever I throw into the salad bowl. This is my recipe for a miso salad dressing that has a mild asian flavor.

spinach salad

Surprisingly, the flavor is delicate enough that it also pairs nicely with non-asian flavors. This is a spinach salad with avocado, cranberries, yellow carrots, and feta onto which I put this dressing. And it was quite tasty. Seriously!

Mild Miso Salad Dressing

3 Tbs    Mirin (Japanese rice wine)
3 Tbs    Olive oil
1/4 C    Rice vinegar
1Tbs     Brown sugar
1/4 C    Water
2 Tbs    Soy Sauce
1 Tbs    Honey
1 Tbs    Miso
1 tsp     Salt
1 tsp     Ginger paste

salda dress ingredients

Gather all of your ingredients. Pre-crushed ginger is convenient, but you can use freshly grated ginger, or a large pinch of dried ginger. If you can’t find mirin, you can substitute extra rice vinegar with an extra pinch of sugar, the dressing will just be a bit tangier. For soy sauce, you can use standard shoyu or tamari, reduced sodium, or gluten free without changing the taste much. There are many different kinds of miso pastes available. Have fun trying and comparing different ones. I typically use a mild yellow paste for this dressing but using a red will amp up the flavor.

pour honey into pyrex

Combine all of the ingredients into a jar and whisk together.

salad dressing in measuring cup

This recipe makes for a runny dressing. If you like thicker dressings, decrease the amount of water and increase the amount of oil.

mason jar of salad dressing
Put it into a mason jar and store it in the fridge. When you pull it out of the fridge, it will have separated and may have solidified a bit. If you have time, let it sit on the counter until it comes to room temperature. If you’re rushed, stick it into the microwave for 30 secs. Shake, pour on your salad, and enjoy!

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