Crowd Pleasing Asian Dressing

by Gena on May 11, 2010

Some recipes are too good to share only once.

Yesterday was the first day of the Spark! Wellness + Choosing Raw Spring Detox. On my menu was a lunchtime salad featuring my Asian dressing, and let me tell you: the level 3 forum was abuzz with glee!! I couldn’t get over the reaction: people l-o-v-e this stuff. So in case you missed it the first time, here’s a little slice of heaven:

Creamy Asian Dressing (Makes 1 1/2 cup)


1 inch ginger (you can add a bit more if you love ginger, which I sure do!)
1 cup olive or flax oil
2 tsp toasted sesame oil
Juice of 1 lime
3 tbsp mellow white miso (you can add a bit more of this one, too, if you like the saltiness)
6 dates, pitted
2 tbsp tamari or nama shoyu
1/3 cup water (add more if you like the dressing looser)

Blend all ingredients on high till creamy and emulsified.

Serve this crack dressing over vegetable crudites, as a dip for appetizers, as a salad dressing, or just lick the blender.

Or, you can serve it over zucchini noodles and chopped veggies, and it’ll look something like this:

(That photo is borrowed from my raw “peanut” noodles, but the idea is the same!)

Banana soft serve. Chocomole. Guac. Carrot falafel. These are the kinds of recipes that make me want to grab you by the shoulders and push you into your kitchen. I’m going to go ahead and add this dressing to that list. Try it, and try it soon. You’ll thank me ;-)


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Evan Thomas May 11, 2010 at 9:44 pm

Where can you buy miso or nama shoyu? Do they sell them at whole foods?


Gena May 11, 2010 at 9:48 pm

Yup! And you can use Tamari instead of shoyu, too :-)


Keri - IEatTrees May 11, 2010 at 9:57 pm

This dressing looks amazing! I’m definitely going to make it; thanks for (re)sharing!


Jen O May 11, 2010 at 9:59 pm

You are right, I love that dressing! I make it nearly every week and often times do swipe my finger in the blender for a taste. ;) My family is coming to visit in a couple of week and I plan on making them some zucchini noodles with the asian dressing. I know they will love it as much as I do!


Ameena May 11, 2010 at 10:04 pm

Thank you for sharing such a great recipe…I am glad another person asked if tamari is a good substitute! Now I don’t have to try to figure out what nama shoyu is. :)


Sarah May 11, 2010 at 10:11 pm

DELICIOUS! I am going to make this tomorrow. I need some veggie encouragement. Would you say that soy sauce is a poor sub for nama shoy or tamari?


Gena May 12, 2010 at 7:09 am

Sure, soy sauce would work!


bitt May 11, 2010 at 10:29 pm

i make something similar to this and have with veggies and kelp noodles. it’s great on those.


The Flying Vegan May 11, 2010 at 10:37 pm

gena: crack dressing is rrrright! love it, love it, love it. (ps. blender-licking worthy, for sure*)


Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg May 11, 2010 at 10:40 pm

Yum! Thanks for sharing! This sounds so versatile and tasty :-)


Jackie (Peaces of Earth) May 11, 2010 at 11:17 pm

I’ve made a similar sauce before but without the toasted sesame oil, I think that will bring it to a whole ‘nother level. Excited to try it!! Thanks for the recipe reminder :)


Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) May 11, 2010 at 11:21 pm

“Some recipes are too good to share only once.”
I would like to think that about my blog which is why I happen to recycle everything at least 098789098789 times. LOL


jenny (green food diaries) May 11, 2010 at 11:37 pm

looks great. i’ll have to get some limes.

a quick question – have you ever tried sesame oil? how does it compare to toasted sesame oil? i was at whole foods recently (i hardly ever enter that place) and noticed that they have both kinds.


Gena May 12, 2010 at 7:10 am

Never tried raw sesame oil, Jenny. Let me know what you think!


Eco Mama May 11, 2010 at 11:42 pm

Mmmmmm. Looks fantastic! Will definitely be making this soon, thanks!
Eco Mama


Danielle (Coffee Run) May 12, 2010 at 12:40 am

Gena, I would have NEVER dabbled in raw foods if it weren’t for your blog. Seriously, I make raw dishes on a daily basis now and I love it (fresh, tasty, digestive-friendly)…what could be better??

Another amazing recipe. *Added* :)


Gena May 12, 2010 at 7:10 am

Best compliment ever! Thank you!!


hihorosie May 12, 2010 at 1:36 am

ha ha! You’re funny. Looks great! I will have to try it…and thank you. :)


sophia May 12, 2010 at 1:50 am

WHY oh WHY?! Didn’t I get this dressing recipe sooner? I have a jar of miso paste, that I’ve been trying and trying to use up but still have half a jar left…and I need to leave tomorrow, so it will be tossed or given away…

Boo hoo hoo….T____T


Gena May 12, 2010 at 7:11 am

Fear not, my friend. The recipe isn’t going anywhere!


emptyjar May 12, 2010 at 3:05 am

your stuff always looks very elegant and rich. nice.


Jessica @ How Sweet It Is May 12, 2010 at 6:18 am

I love Asian inspired dressings! This sounds delicious. :)


GirlonRaw May 12, 2010 at 6:27 am

One of my favourite ‘Gena’ recipes! Thanks for reminding me of it!


Lauren May 12, 2010 at 8:39 am

Thanks for reminding me of this recipe! I have got to make it! :) XO


Dee May 12, 2010 at 9:05 am

oh my goodness. I *must* try this out.


Dianne May 12, 2010 at 10:11 am

I think I will try that dressing! No pushing needed ;-)


Raw Food Mamas May 12, 2010 at 10:14 am

This looks great. I am going to make it this afternoon to put on my salad.



Sonia @ Master of Her Romaine May 12, 2010 at 10:34 am

Yum! This looks fantastic! Thanks for that recipe :)


Veronica @ LifeWithNature May 12, 2010 at 10:58 am

This looks amazing. I’m always looking for recipes that makes me think:”Thank God I’m alive to taste this!” I once read that if I could find even just 7 raw recipes that I truly enjoyed, not just good tasting, but truly delicious ones, I could easily switch to a raw food diet. I think the peanut noodle/asian dressing could be part of that! And it seems very easy to prepare, which is also a good thing. Thanks for sharing it again.


Morgan May 12, 2010 at 11:37 am

THis dressing looks so delicious! I love all of your dressings!


Ilana May 12, 2010 at 11:58 am

fiiiine, twist my arm. i’ll try it!


The Ordinary Vegetarian May 12, 2010 at 12:02 pm

I cannot even count how many times I have made this dressing since the January cleanse. Current rival: zucchini dressing. Who will win? No one knows! :)


Christine (The Raw Project) May 12, 2010 at 12:18 pm

Wow, this dressing looks wonderful. Thanks!


Ashley May 12, 2010 at 12:30 pm

I really need to splurge + buy miso. I’ve never used it before and not sure I’ve even tasted it! I need to get crackin…I’ve only made the banana soft serve off your list!


Raw Food Mamas May 12, 2010 at 12:50 pm

Wanted to say that I made the dressing and had it on my salad for lunch. It was delicious.

I did put in a little less olive oil and a little more water. Other folks may want to try this if they like things less oily.

Thank you!!!


Heba May 12, 2010 at 12:55 pm

This dressing looks delish (and supa’ healthy)! I love anything with ginger – so I’ll definitely have to try it! :-)


Catherine May 12, 2010 at 1:56 pm

I actually used this as a dipping sauce for some raw cabbage-wrapped spring rolls that I added to our Easter meal this year. Even my street-meat eating brother (ew, I know) loved it!


LC @ Let Them Eat Lentils May 12, 2010 at 2:02 pm

Thank you for this!! I just made a similar dressing from Gwyneth Paltrow’s newsletter – Carrot Ginger and have been eating it at least three times a week! It’s unbelievable.


Heather May 12, 2010 at 2:49 pm

This looks sooo good Gena!!! I will have to try!


Bianca- Vegan Crunk May 12, 2010 at 4:46 pm

Yummy! I bet that is delicious. Last night, was looking for ideas to take to a raw food potluck tomorrow and this would have been perfect! But I settled on a nut-based raw hummus … and I’m already soaking my nuts (sounds dirty!), so it’s too late this time. But I’ll keep this in mind, fo’ sho.


Melissa May 12, 2010 at 5:18 pm

oh yum! I have been looking for a new dressing and this sounds fantastic! Thank you for re-sharing!


BroccoliHut May 12, 2010 at 5:57 pm

What a delicious dressing! I bet it’s quite versatile too. Looking forward to trying it!


natalie potter May 12, 2010 at 6:19 pm

RAW is the opposite of WAR.
cool, huh?


Kenzie May 12, 2010 at 8:19 pm

i’m off to make banana soft serve now! and have made your carrot falafel and loved it. thanks for sharing this!


pure2raw twins May 12, 2010 at 10:04 pm

Asian dressing looks great! I love asian spiced foods ;) It has been awhile since I had miso, this makes me want to try it again!


Lauren @ thedancingdivaa May 12, 2010 at 11:03 pm

looks amazing. That is a dressing I am definitely going to try and make! Thanks for the recipe!


Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather May 13, 2010 at 1:53 pm

Love the banana soft serve!


Sarah-Mae @ Eat, Run, Knit May 13, 2010 at 3:58 pm

Mmm! Thanks for the recipe!!!

Ditto on the banana soft serve ^_^ So good!


Christi May 13, 2010 at 8:09 pm

Do you have a substitution suggestion for the tamari/nama shoyu (for those of us who can’t eat gluten, wheat, or soy)?


Melanie@ I Dream of Tahini May 13, 2010 at 11:18 pm

Wow that looks so amazingly delicious!!


Brittany May 13, 2010 at 11:18 pm

I’ve got this on my “to make” list. :)


belita May 14, 2010 at 7:10 pm

gena, this dressing is amazing. i linked to your post again & again because i just enjoyed it as the base for a raw soup! the extra bit stranded at the bottom of the vitamix was breaking my heart, so i whirled about two cups of water into the mix & it is a great raw soup. thanks again!


Aletheia May 14, 2010 at 9:28 pm

Right now I am majorly disliking my weak blender. WHY WON’T YOU BLEND DATES, FOOOL?!

It clearly does not know that it is depriving me of a majorly important sensual discovery. BLENDER FAIL.


Gena May 14, 2010 at 9:31 pm

Try soaking them first, hon!


Aletheia May 14, 2010 at 11:48 pm

OK — I will. I’m still kind of skeptical, but I will try!

:) Aletheia


livnletlrn May 17, 2010 at 12:36 pm

Holy guacamole, is this stuff GOOD! Dau. and I had it on spiralized vegs last night, then I dipped some celery stalks in it this morning and am having it as a dressing on my salad right now. Definitely a keeper. I’ll be making a bigger batch very soon because I think this will be a fridge staple and favorite of the whole family. Thanks!


Caroline May 23, 2010 at 10:35 pm

Great recipe, Gena! I was licking my vitamix to make sure I didn’t waste any. I put it over lightly steamed veggies (carrots, asparagus, kale) the first night and I stirred it up with cabbage, purslane, and sprouts today for an asian coleslaw. Delicious both ways!

The Curried cashew dip from a few weeks ago is also a hit! Fantastic on a wrap with veggies or with flax crackers. Thanks for all the great ideas and thoughtful posts. I really enjoy reading your blog.


Doris May 25, 2010 at 10:20 am

this sounds great, adding it to my recipes! what did you use to wrap your veggies in the second picture?


Maria May 28, 2011 at 8:39 am

Just made this again! Still awesome


Gena May 29, 2011 at 8:21 am



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