If there is one thing I adore about Japanese restaurants, it’s the freaking SALAD DRESSING. Honestly, how good is it? Ginger, orange – it tastes like candy. I always said to myself, “If I had this at home, I would actually eat salad for breakfast, lunch and dinner.” It would make my general disdain for veggies fade into the background. I’ve always wanted to try to make it – AND I HAVE ACCOMPLISHED THAT TASK.
And it looks nothing like what you’d expect, but, alas, it has the taste. And I even omitted an ingredient because a bottle of peanut oil is 5 fucking dollars. FIVE. That’s highway robbery.
I got the recipe from Top Secret Recipes after considering many results from my Google search. For some reason, none of them felt right when I was reading the ingredients. This one is a copy from Benihana, which I have never been to, but there’s a touch of fate here: A comment in the comments section reads:
“…very similar to to the ginger dressing at our favorite Sushi place in Wilkes barre, pa, Katana”
That’s the place I had this dressing for the first time ever.
And so I made a batch that amounts to about a cup and a half, making some modifications along the way. Here’s my version:
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1/3 cup rice vinegar
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 tablespoon powdered ginger (which is what makes the color)
- 2 tablespoons ketchup
- 4 teaspoons soy sauce
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 6 baby carrots, finely chopped
- dash of black pepper
Combine this all in a food processor/blender, and chill.