If you’re looking for a versatile, umami-rich dressing to elevate your salads, grain bowls and roasted vegetables, this delicious vegan Miso Sesame Dressing is a must-try!

Miso is a wonderful ingredient to add depth of flavour to sauces and dressings. You can also try it in this Miso Tahini Dressing, Cold Buckwheat Noodle Salad with Miso Sauce and Sweet Potato Kale Salad with Miso Tamari Dressing.

Spoon lifting some sesame miso ginger dressing from a small bowl. The dressing has sesame seeds in it.

Combining the savory depth of miso paste with the tang of rice vinegar and subtle sweetness of maple syrup, this vinaigrette is both flavorful and nutritious. It’s simple to make and perfect for adding flavour to salads, grain bowls, roasted vegetables or to use a dipping sauce or marinade.

Try it drizzled over cucumbers, grated carrots, iceberg lettuce or mixed salad greens to add a pop of flavour or use it as a marinade for tofu or tempeh before cooking.

Why You’ll Love this Recipe

  • Vegan and can easily be gluten-free (use tamari, not soy sauce).
  • 5-Minute Prep: This marinade comes together in just a few minutes, perfect for busy weeknights.
  • Pantry Staples: Most of the ingredients are likely already in your pantry!
  • Flavorful and Versatile: The miso adds a savory depth, while the other ingredients create a beautiful balance of sweet, tangy, and salty. Use it on a variety of proteins, vegetables and salads.
  • Healthy: Made with simple ingredients and minimal sugar.
  • Customizable: Whether you prefer it sweeter, tangier or spicier, the dressing can be easily adjusted to suit your taste.
  • Perfect for Meal Prep: Make a batch and store it in the fridge for up to a week.

Ingredient Notes

  • Miso Paste: Look for white miso paste for the mildest flavor. You can also substitute with yellow miso, but the flavor will be slightly stronger.
  • Rice Vinegar: I used unseasoned rice vinegar but if you only have seasoned rice vinegar that works.
  • Soy Sauce or Tamari: Use a low-sodium soy sauce or tamari to control the saltiness. Tamari is a gluten-free alternative to soy sauce.
  • Sesame Oil: Sesame oil adds a nutty aroma. Look for toasted sesame oil for a more intense flavor.
  • Sweetener: Maple syrup adds a touch of sweetness that complements the miso. Honey can be used for a non-vegan option, but it will have a slightly different flavor profile.
  • Fresh Ginger: Freshly grated ginger adds a lovely zing but you cou can omit it if you don’t have any on hand.
  • Olive Oil: Adds a richness and helps emulsify the dressing. I would recommend keeping it in the recipe.
  • Lemon: You can substitute lime juice here.

This list is not complete. Please see the recipe card at the end of the post for the complete ingredient list with measurements and detailed instructions.

Variations

  • Creamy Miso Sesame Dressing: Add 1-2 tbsp tahini to the dressing.
  • Spicy Dressing: Add up to 1 tbsp sriracha or chili garlic paste.

How to Make Miso Sesame Dressing

Step 1: Add the miso paste, rice vinegar, soy sauce or tamari, sesame oil, maple syrup and water to a bowl or container and whisk or seal and shake until smooth and no clumps of miso remain.

Step 2: Add the garlic and ginger and stir, then add the lemon and oil and whisk until dressing is fully emulsified. Season with salt and pepper.

Bowl of miso sesame salad dressing with bits of garlic and black pepper.

Step 3: If using, sprinkle with sesame seeds before serving.

Using a spoon to stir a dish of sesame seed ginger miso dressing.

FAQs

How long does this dressing keep?

Stored in an airtight container in the fridge, this dressing will keep for up to 1 week. Stir or shake well before serving.

Can I use a different type of miso?

Yes, you can use yellow or red miso but the flavour will be stronger than white miso paste.

How can I use this dressing?

This dressing works well with any salad, especially ingredients like mixed greens, carrots, cucumber and avocado. You can use it in grain bowls with rice, quinoa and farro. It works well tossed with roasted vegetables like sweet potatoes, asparagus, Brussels sprouts and broccoli.

It can be used as a marinade for tofu or tempeh, a dipping sauce for spring rolls or dumplings and in noodle salads like soba noodle salad or rice noodle salad.

How many calories are in miso sesame dressing?

This dressing contains about 123 calories per 2 tbsp serving.

Recipes to Pair With

This dressing would work well as an alternative dressing to these recipes:

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Miso Sesame Dressing

Whip up this versatile Miso Sesame Dressing in minutes for a deliciously rich and tangy addition to salads, grain bowls, noodles, roasted veggies and more! This sauce can also be used as a dip, or marinade for tofu or tempeh.
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: Asian
Diet: Vegan
Servings: 5 servings
Calories: 123kcal
Author: Deryn Macey

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp white miso paste
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 2 cloves garlic grated or crushed
  • 2 tsp fresh ginger grated
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2-3 tbsp sesame seeds optional

Instructions

  • Add the miso paste, rice vinegar, soy sauce, tamari, sesame oil, maple syrup and water to a bowl or sealable container. Whisk or seal and shake until smooth and no clumps of miso remain.
  • Stir in the garlic and ginger.
  • Add the lemon juice and olive oil and whisk until fully emulsified. If you need to adjust the thickness, you can mix in additional 1-2 tbsp of water.
  • Taste and season with salt and pepper.
  • Sprinkle with sesame seeds, if using.

Notes

  • Store the dressing in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week. Shake or stir well before each use.
  • For spicy dressing, add up to 1 tbsp sriracha or chili garlic paste. Adjust sweetness by adding more or less maple syrup.
  • Makes approximately 2/3 cup or 5 servings of about 2 tbsp each.

Nutrition

Serving: 2tbsp | Calories: 123kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 371mg | Potassium: 61mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 6IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 1mg