Similar to the classic oil and vinegar recipe in the West, Asians have incorporated soy sauce into their salad dressings which have become very popular.  If you go to the Asian supermarket in the states, there are a variety of Asian style dressings but sometimes I find them just a bit too sweet.  With just 3 basic ingredients it’s easy for everyone to make their own original version – how fun it that! This is a basic version of Asian dressing that can used not only with salads but with cold noodles too.  To add your own twist I have listed some other items you can add to create your own “homemade” version.

Best Everyday Asian Salad Dressing

  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup canola or salad oil
  • 1/2 cup sushi vinegar

Variations you may add to dressing to suit your taste

  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed ginger juice
  • 2 cloves grated garlic
  • 1-2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon chili oil
  • freshly squeezed lemon
  • freshly squeezed lime
  • roasted and grated sesame seeds
  • 1-2 teaspoons grated onions

Some tips here: I use Lee Kum Kee Premium soy sauce, Mitsukan Sushi Vinegar, which is the most popular in Japan, and canola oil.  Olive oil has too much flavor so try to use something with no flavor.  You don’t need to add salt because the soy sauce has plenty of sodium.  The sushi vinegar contains stock and sugar which covers the sweetness and the combination gives it a complimentary blend of flavors.  Our family’s favorite is to add sesame oil, ginger, garlic and sesame seeds.Try them all to see what you enjoy!

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