This sesame ginger dressing recipe is sweet, salty, and tangy. It is probably one of the most addictive homemade dressings I’ve ever made. Read through this article of Apronese to see how to make it.

What is Tahini?

Tahini is a paste made out of ground sesame seeds. It’s one of the base ingredients for this dressing and can not be substituted.

The tahini not only adds sesame flavor to the recipe but also helps thicken the dressing.

This can usually be found in the grocery store either near the peanut butter, or near the middle-eastern ingredients in the international aisle.

Is It OK to Substitute the Rice Vinegar?

Rice vinegar has a uniquely mild flavor and acidity compared to other vinegars, which keeps it from overpowering the other flavors. So it’s best not to substitute the rice vinegar in this recipe.

You might be able to use another type of vinegar, but you’d probably also need to adjust the amount or the ratio of other ingredients to compensate for the acidity.

How Long Does The Sesame Ginger Dressing Last?

Sesame ginger dressing being poured over crunchy cabbage salad from a mason jar

Since this dressing uses fresh ginger and garlic, you should store it in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

How to Serve Sesame Ginger Dressing?

This dressing goes great with crunchy salads, like crunchy cabbage salad. It can also be poured over cold noodle salads, used to dip egg rolls or dumplings, or poured over rice bowls.

Sesame Ginger Dressing Recipe

This homemade dressing will drench your favorite salad with a sweet, salty, and nutty flavor.

Author: Beth

Prep Time: 10 mins / Total Time: 10 mins

Servings: 10 (2 tbsp each)


  • 2 cloves garlic ($0.16)
  • 1 tbsp grated fresh ginger ($0.30)
  • 1/2 cup neutral oil ($0.32)
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar ($0.53)
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce ($0.12)
  • 3 tbsp honey ($0.36)
  • 1 tbsp tahini ($0.19)
  • 1/2 tsp toasted sesame oil ($0.05)


  • Mince the garlic and grate the ginger (I use a small-holed cheese grater)
  • Add the minced garlic, grated ginger, oil, rice vinegar, soy sauce, honey, tahini, and toasted sesame oil to a blender. Blend until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Serve over salad or as a dipping sauce.

Any neutral-flavored salad oil, like peanut, canola, safflower, grapeseed, or sesame (untoasted) will work fine for this dressing.

If your dressing is too thick for pouring, simply stir in a tablespoon or two of water to loosen it up.


Serving: 2 tbsp ・ Calories: 132.33 kcal ・ Carbohydrates: 5.98 g ・ Protein: 0.59 g ・ Fat: 12.27 g ・ Sodium: 177.95 mg ・ Fiber: 0.2 g

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How to Make Sesame Ginger Dressing – Step-by-step Photos

garlic press with two cloves of garlic, and fresh ginger with a microplane
Step 1: Begin by mincing two cloves of garlic and grating about 1 tbsp of fresh ginger. If you use your garlic press, it’s easier if the gingers are frozen.

Rice vinegar, toasted sesame oil, and tahini
Here are three of the most important ingredients in this dressing: rice vinegar, toasted sesame oil, and tahini.

Toasted sesame oil has a much stronger nutty flavor than regular sesame oil. You can find it near other Asian ingredients in the international aisle.
Dressing ingredients in the blender
Step 2: Add the 2 cloves minced garlic, 1 tbsp grated ginger, 1/2 cup neutral salad oil, 1/4 cup rice vinegar, 2 tbsp soy sauce, 3 tbsp honey, 1 tbsp tahini, and 1/2 tsp toasted sesame oil to a blender.

Any neutral-flavored salad oil, like peanut, canola, grapeseed, sesame (un-toasted), or safflower will work fine.
Blended dressing on a spoon in the blender
Step 3: Blend until the dressing is smooth and creamy. If your dressing ends up being really thick and you’d like it a little more pourable, simply stir in a tablespoon or two of water.
A wooden bowl filled with sesame ginger dressing next to a knob of fresh ginger
Step 4: Serve your sesame ginger dressing by pouring over your favorite salad, or using as a dipping sauce.

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