Ginger Sesame Dressing

This quick and delicious ginger sesame dressing is perfect over any combination of raw or cooked vegetables where you'd like an Asian flavor.

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A ceramic measuring cup of ginger sesame dressing with a bowl of Asian slaw in the background.

How to Make Ginger Sesame Dressing

There’s no trick or secret to making this simple but tasty ginger sesame dressing. You don’t have to drizzle the oil in slowly while whisking, there’s no heat applied to any ingredient, and the ingredients are easy to find in any grocery store. You simple combine the ingredients in a bowl and whisk before pouring it over whatever you’ve decided to dress – raw vegetables in a salad or slaw, cooked vegetables, a fillet of grilled fish, whatever…

A bottle of seasoned rice vinegar next to a bottle of regular rice vinegar.

Seasoned vs Regular Rice Vinegar

The only decision you need to make is whether or not you will use seasoned rice vinegar or regular rice vinegar. I make that decision by looking to see what I have in my cabinet! Seasoned rice vinegar is seasoned with sugar and salt, so obviously if you’re using the seasoned vinegar, you omit the sugar called for in the recipe and perhaps go a little lighter with the soy sauce. Either one will work for this dressing, but do pay attention so you know what you’re using.

Garlic being grated into a ceramic measuring glass with ingredients around.

Other Ingredients in Ginger Sesame Dressing

The other recipe ingredients are very straightforward, except perhaps for the toasted sesame oil, which is different from regular sesame oil. Toasted sesame oil is much stronger in flavor and therefore very little is called for in the recipe for this ginger sesame dressing – a little goes a long way! If all you have is regular sesame oil, just add more to taste. 

Pouring a dressing over a bowl of Asian slaw.

Great Uses for Ginger Sesame Dressing

This dressing is perfect in this Asian slaw and can be used to dress any combination of raw vegetables that you like. It’s also great over sautéed cabbage and can be drizzled over a fillet of grilled fish for a nice Asian flare. Store the dressing in a jar, bottle or other airtight container in the refrigerator indefinitely.

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Ginger Sesame Dressing

  • Prep Time: 5 m
  • Total Time: 5 m


  • ¼ cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoons sugar
  • OR
  • ¼ cup seasoned rice vinegar
  • ½ clove garlic grated or very finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger grated or very finely minced
  • teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • ½ teaspoons toasted sesame oil


  1. If you are using regular rice wine vinegar (as opposed to seasoned rice vinegar), start by combining the vinegar and sugar in a bowl, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Otherwise, start with the seasoned rice vinegar, add all the remaining ingredients and mix well.

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  1. 5 stars
    I could give this dressing 10 stars.. it was amazing.. I did use monk fruit as a sweetener not sugar and dressed finely shredded cabbage, chopped broccoli & diced red bell peppers.. so addictive with our pot sticker meal..

  2. Made for my spinach salad lunch …with black-eyed peas, turkey chunks, and a bit of pasta. The dressing is good. Thinking about adding a TBS of chunky natural peanut butter to the remaining half to thicken it up and go a bit more Thai. I think that would be good on noodles.

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