Sesame Dressing

This sesame dressing is one of our favorites for salads and buddha bowls – it’s the perfect blend of sweetness, acidity, and umami. Toss in toasted sesame seeds and you’ll want to put this dressing on everything!

To make this addictingly-good Japanese salad dressing, you’ll need something that can grind up the sesame seeds. I use my food processor although I think a blender would work fine as well. If you have a traditional suribachi, you can use that too!

Most of the major grocery store chains in the US now carry a well-stocked selection of asian foods in the international section. If you don’t see miso paste there, try looking in the produce area near the tofu.

Any asian grocery store (or a Japanese market if you’re lucky!) should have miso paste, but you can also order it on Amazon.

Try this dressing with my favorite vegan buddha bowl!

Sesame Dressing

Sesame Dressing

The perfect blend of sweetness, acidity, and umami. Toss in toasted sesame seeds and you'll want to put this sesame dressing on everything!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 7 mins
Total Time 12 mins
Servings 32 Tbsp (2 cups)
Calories 61 kcal


  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds raw hulled
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup white miso


  • Toast sesame seeds for 5-7 minutes in a frying pan on medium-high heat, then remove from heat and allow to cool 5 minutes.
  • Add sesame seeds to a food processor and process until ground well, then add sugar and grind until fragrant.
  • Add soy sauce, vinegar, oils, and miso, and pulse 2 or 3 times. Then pour the dressing in to a jar and shake. Add more whole toasted sesame seeds if desired.


Course: Sauce
Cuisine: American, Japanese


Calories: 61kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 283mg | Potassium: 20mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg
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6 thoughts on “Sesame Dressing”

  1. 5 stars
    We just made this salad dressing last night with dinner, along with your buddha bowl recipe. WOWZA! Adding this to our weeknight meal rotation and going to use it in the kids’ lunches once they start school again.

  2. 5 stars
    I love making my own dressings. The flavor is always so much better and this one was no exception. You totally hit it out of the park with this one. Thanks!


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