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This bright and zingy ginger dressing is the best salad dressing! A few ingredients transform into fresh, sweet tart flavor.

Ginger Dressing

Here’s a tasty dressing that makes any pile of greens taste infinitely better: try this Ginger Salad Dressing! This sunny vinaigrette pairs rice vinegar, honey and oil with the earthy spiciness of fresh ginger root. Wow does it take a salad over the top! It’s great on just about anything, from salads to roasted vegetables. This one is a straightforward spin on the concept, but you can add soy sauce to bring a more Asian-inspired flair. Here’s how to make it!

Ingredients in ginger dressing

Ginger dressing is an American salad dressing that contains East Asian ingredients like fresh ginger root, rice vinegar, and honey. Often it also contains soy sauce or sesame seeds. This ginger dressing is a straightforward, fresh and zingy vinaigrette that uses white wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, and honey. But there are a few variations with Asian-inspired flavors using soy sauce or sesame oil (see below)! Here’s what you’ll need for this recipe:

  • Ginger root
  • Rice vinegar
  • Dijon mustard
  • Honey or maple syrup
  • Olive oil or neutral oil
  • Salt
Ginger Dressing

Blend it up

This dressing is a blender salad dressing, which often we try to avoid (since we’re lazy and don’t like cleaning our blender). Here’s why to use your blender in this ginger dressing:

  • It spreads out the ginger flavor. It makes it more integrated into each spoonful than it would be if it were grated and whisked.
  • It makes a smooth texture. Grated ginger makes little clumps in the texture, but blending makes everything creamy and smooth!
  • If you have a standard blender, double it! You’ll need larger quantities to get it to blend. But if you have a small blender or immersion blender, it works with the quantities in the recipe below.

Variations on ginger dressing

This ginger dressing recipe is bright, tangy vinaigrette with Mediterranean style flavors. Want to mix it up? Try these two delicious ginger dressings that add depth and

  • 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.
  • Carrot Ginger Dressing: This flavor-packed drizzle features sweet carrot, tangy rice vinegar and savory miso, with a little added tahini for creamy body.
Spring Mix Salad
Try it on Spring Mix Salad

Salads that pair with ginger dressing

This ginger dressing is incredibly versatile, and pairs with salads of all kinds! We created it for use on our Spring Mix Salad. Since then we’ve used it on lots of throw-together salads that use up odds and ends in the fridge. Here are a few salad recipes that pair well:

This recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan (using maple syrup), plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free.

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Ginger Dressing

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: About 10 tablespoons 1x


This bright and zingy ginger dressing is the best salad dressing! A few ingredients transform into fresh, sweet tart flavor.



Ginger Dijon Dressing

  • 1 ½ tablespoons grated ginger, lightly packed (about 2-inch nub)
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey (or maple syrup)
  • ½ cup neutral oil (grapeseed, organic canola, organic vegetable oil or peanut oil)
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt 

Sesame Ginger Dressing

Carrot Ginger Dressing


  1. Peel the ginger with a spoon and mince it.
  2. Blend all ingredients in a small blender or immersion blender; or, double the recipe and blend it in a standard blender. (A smaller quantity won’t blend in a large blender or food processor.) Store refrigerated for up to 1 week; allow to come to room temperature before serving.
  3. Variations: Go to Sesame Ginger Dressing or Carrot Ginger Dressing.
  • Category: Dressing
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: Salad dressing
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: Ginger dressing

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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