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Under 30 Minutes

Under 30 Minutes

Sesame-Miso Salad Dressing

A staple for many Asian-style meals, miso is both tasty and good for you: The fermented soybean paste contains zinc, manganese, copper, and vitamin B12. Try this dressing on a salad of thinly sliced carrots, cucumbers, baby spinach, and sliced oranges. Change it up: Instead of using toasted sesame oil, opt for omega-3-rich walnut oil, which offers a nuttier flavor. Also experiment with exchanging sherry vinegar for the rice vinegar.

  • prep: 10 mins
    total time: 10 mins
  • yield: Makes 1 cup


  • 3 tablespoons white miso
  • 3 tablespoons white or brown rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon light-brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons spicy toasted sesame oil
  • 1/3 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/4 cup plain (not toasted) sesame oil or vegetable oil
  • 1 scallion, minced


  1. Step 1

    In a medium bowl whisk together miso, vinegar, sugar, and toasted sesame oil until smooth. Whisk in orange juice. In a steady stream, slowly whisk in the plain sesame oil until smooth. Stir in scallion.

Body+Soul, September 2007

Reviews (2)

  • 28 Feb, 2012

    fantastic recipe. subbed more plain sesame oil for the toasted sesame oil - worked very well.

  • 28 Feb, 2012

    also subbed honey for the brown sugar. this came out great.