Enjoy your dish with this easy and tasty miso dressing ready in two minutes! With its creamy texture, it's the perfect companion for any salad!
If you're a fan of miso paste and looking for a usage other than miso soup, try this miso salad dressing recipe!
This Japanese condiment is packed with umami flavor and makes your favorite salads even more delicious! Much better than store-bought dressings!
- This recipe is for you if:
- You love Japanese miso paste.
- You want to make miso dressing for your salad.
- You want to know how to use miso paste.
If you want to check the recipe immediately, please visit the link below. Let's get started!
About this recipe
- The easy miso dressing recipe
- Homemade salad dressing
- Only five ingredients and ready in 2 minutes
- Variations and how to use it
Here are the ingredients (amounts are in the recipe card below).
- Miso - It's fermented soybean paste and an essential condiment in Japanese cooking. I use darker-colored miso paste in this recipe. See more below.
- Oil - I use extra virgin olive oil in this recipe. You can substitute it with regular sesame oil or mild-flavored cooking oil.
- Vinegar - I recommend using rice vinegar, which has a hint of sweetness and mild sourness. Otherwise, you can substitute it with apple cider vinegar, white wine vinegar, or lemon juice.
- Sugar - Any sugar is ok. I use cane sugar in this recipe.
- Honey - Adding a little bit of sweetness would be great. You can add maple syrup or agave nectar if you prefer.
Different Types of Miso Paste
Have you ever seen miso with various colors like these? The darker miso means aging longer (the Maillard reaction), has a rich flavor, and tastes less sweet than light-colored miso.
Here are different types of miso paste by color:
- White miso paste (shiro miso) - Short fermentation (1 to 3 months). Low salt content with a sweet flavor.
- Yellow miso paste (awairo miso) - Medium fermentation (4 to 8 months). The most common types of miso.
- Red miso paste (aka miso) - Long fermentation (one year or more). Salty and rich flavor.
White miso paste (shiro miso) is the way to go for a sweet and mild taste. If you're looking for more rich flavor, try red miso. Click here to learn about miso paste.
Where to buy Japanese ingredients
If you live in the US, you can find Japanese ingredients in the list below.
- Japanese grocery stores: Mitsuwa marketplace, Marukai
- Asian grocery stores
- Whole foods market
- Health food stores
- Online stores: Instacart, Walmart, Amazon
It's super easy! Let me show you how to make it. Click here to watch the recipe video.
Put all the ingredients in a small bowl or jar and whisk until smooth. Using a jar is easy to store any extra dressing.
Ready in 2 minutes, this delicious miso dressing is the perfect finish to your salad. With its creamy flavor, it brings plenty of punch!
Prepare fresh veggies, pour the homemade miso dressing, and enjoy the flavorful salad! Here are my favorites:
Lentil and veggie salad: Lentil, tomatoes, cucumber, and kabu (turnip).
Steamed veggie salad: Cauliflower and carrot.
Try these options and add extra flavor to your miso salad dressing!
- Add fresh ginger
- Add a pinch of black pepper
- Add grated garlic
- Add soy sauce
- Add sesame seeds
- Add a pinch of sea salt
- Add lime juice
Ways To Use This Miso Dressing
Your salad options are endless! Whether you're making a simple green leafy salad or hearty noodle salad, it's sure to be extra tasty with this miso flavor!
- Steamed veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, carrot)
- Fresh veggies (Lettuce, bell peppers, red cabbage)
- Green salad (Mixed greens, red onion, nuts)
- Crispy tofu salad (Tofu, lettuce, tomatoes)
- Creamy avocado salad (avocado, yummy!)
Below are some examples I prepared!
Store in a small jar or airtight container and keep it in the refrigerator. It will be good for a week.
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- Put all the ingredients in a small bowl or jar and whisk until smooth.
- Storage: Store in a small jar or airtight container and keep it in the refrigerator. It will be good for a week.
- Substitutions: You can substitute oil with regular sesame oil or mild-flavored cooking oil. You can substitute rice vinegar with apple cider vinegar, white wine vinegar, or lemon juice. You can substitute honey with maple syrup or agave nectar.