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This zingy carrot ginger dressing is packed with zingy, savory, salty, and sweet flavor: perfect for salads and bowl meals!

Carrot Ginger Dressing
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Here’s a fresh, zingy drizzle for salads and bowl meals: this carrot ginger dressing! Once Alex and I tasted one spoonful of this recipe, we immediately were hooked. This vibrant sauce is packed with a punch of salty, savory, tangy, bright and sweet all at once. It uses Asian-inspired flavors like miso and rice vinegar, and it’s got a twist: tahini brings in creamy body to the dressing. Whip up a batch and you’ll love drizzling it on your meals all week long.

What’s in carrot ginger dressing?

There are several ways to make carrot ginger dressing: the most popular is riffing on the dressing you’ll often find at Japanese American restaurants on a crunchy green salad. This recipe is inspired by the flavors in a dressing in that style, but uses a twist: tahini!

Tahini is a Mediterranean sesame paste, but it adds a nice smooth creaminess and sesame flavor. It helps hold together the texture of carrot ginger dressing, which can lean on the grainy and loose side. The ingredients for this carrot ginger dressing are:

  • Ginger
  • Carrots
  • Green onion
  • Miso
  • Honey
  • Rice vinegar
  • Neutral oil like grapeseed, peanut, organic vegetable or organic canola oil
  • Tahini

All you have to do? Blend up these ingredients into a smooth dressing! It comes out smooth and creamy, with a beautiful orange color that makes you want to dive right into the jar.

Carrot Ginger Dressing

A quick way to peel ginger

Here’s a quick tip on how to peel ginger before you whiz it up into this carrot ginger dressing. Instead of using a vegetable peeler, peel the ginger with a spoon! Ginger root is notoriously hard to peel with a vegetable peeler: the shape is knobby and the skin is tough and stringy. But sounds unbelievable until you try it: but a spoon is the perfect tool for the uneven surface of ginger root.

More about miso

The most important ingredient in this carrot ginger dressing, outside of the carrots and ginger, is the miso! What is it and where to find it? Here’s what to know:

  • Miso is a Japanese fermented soybean paste that’s full of nutrients and savory flavor. It’s known for its intense savory flavor, otherwise known as umami: the fifth flavor. Umami is the same flavor that makes meat and cheese taste so satisfying.
  • Look for miso near the Japanese ingredients. There are many different types of miso: and they all taste different.
  • White miso or yellow miso are best here. These are fermented less time than darker miso. White miso has a mild, more delicate flavor and less salt, and yellow has a mild, lightly sweet flavor.
  • Red or dark miso is less optimal. This variety is fermented longer and has a very strong flavor. It can overwhelm the flavors. If it’s all you can find, you can use it but start with half the quantity.
Carrot Ginger Dressing

How to serve carrot ginger dressing

This carrot ginger dressing makes just about anything taste like gold! It’s a vegan salad dressing that pairs well with many types of meals. Here are a few ideas on how to serve it:

How are you planning to serve it? Let us know in the comments below!

Storage info

Store this carrot ginger dressing refrigerated for up to 10 days. This consistency holds up very well in the refrigerator: it seems to hold together even better after refrigeration.

Ginger dressing variations

This carrot ginger dressing is one of a few other variations on a theme. We bought too much ginger root, then went on a quest to discover ways to use it up! Here are two more tasty ginger dressings:

  • Ginger Dijon DressingThis vinaigrette-style dressing uses ginger, Dijon and white wine vinegar for a bright and tangy dressing.
  • Sesame Ginger Dressing: This dressing has a creamy tahini base, complemented with soy sauce, rice vinegar and toasted sesame oil to heighten the sesame flavor.

More carrot recipes

Carrots are packed with nutrients and sweet, irresistible flavor. Here are a few more carrot recipes you’ll love:

This carrot ginger dressing recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free.

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Carrot ginger dressing

Carrot Ginger Dressing


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x

Description

This zingy carrot ginger dressing is packed with zingy, savory, salty, and sweet flavor: perfect for salads and bowl meals!


Ingredients

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  • 2 tablespoons ginger, peeled with a spoon and minced
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and roughly chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1 small green onion, light green and white portions, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons yellow or white miso*
  • 1 tablespoon honey or sugar
  • ¼ cup rice vinegar
  • ⅓ cup neutral oil (like grapeseed, peanut, organic vegetable or organic canola oil)
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Peel the ginger with a spoon and mince it. Peel and roughly chop the carrots. Thinly slice the green onion.
  2. Place the vegetables with the remaining ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth, stopping and scraping as often as necessary. Store up to 1 week refrigerated.

Notes

*It’s worth seeking out yellow or white miso, which have a mild flavor. If all you can find is dark or red miso, you can use it but start with 1 tablespoon and add more to taste.

  • Category: Dressing
  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: Salad
  • Diet: Vegan

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Shannon says:

    This is the best dressing I’ve tried in a long time! My miso is pretty strong so I went easy like you suggested and I used a purple carrot because it’s what I had and I am so impressed. Thanks for sharing!