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August 2, 2014

Japanese Sesame Salad Dressing

Sesame Soba Salad

It’s been a while since inspiration has struck to make anything exciting- these days I sort of just make every second thing I see on blogs/pintrest. Not that that’s not exciting, but I haven’t had one of those super-exciting ‘I NEED to make this’ moments.

Until I saw this recipe.

It probably doesn’t sound that interesting to most of you…….but let me explain. I had my first taste of Japanese sesame dressing on a cold chilli winter day in Hong Kong, when we made our way to one of my favourite udon noodle restaurants there, and I accidentally ordered an udon salad instead of a bubbling udon noodle soup (served in a hot pot) as I had intended- no thanks to my terrible inability to read the majority of Chinese characters! After the initial disappointment of having a cold dish on a freezing day though, I was very much surprised to find that the salad was unbelievably good, and worth having, even despite the cold weather!

Sesame Soba Salad

We’ve since sourced a similar dressing at the Asian supermarket here (although it is ridiculously expensive), though the good brands are much harder to find, so I was pretty excited to find a recipe for it (from scratch! yay!) on one of my favourite food blogs, Just One Cookbook. And it’s also ridiculously quick and simple to make too! 🙂

Surprisingly, it was a quite different to the bottled version I had at home in that it had a much stronger sesame taste, whereas the bottled version tasted much stronger of sesame oil (and upon reading the product label, I was not surprised to find that sesame oil was a major constituent of the dressing, and consequently its fat content was pretty high!). The recipe is easy to adjust- I just added more vinegar, sesame oil and sugar until it was to my liking then added it to my originally-udon-salad-but-turned-soba-salad-when-I-realised-I-had-no-udon salad. I served it alongside teriyaki chicken as I’d had it at the restaurant- it was a great lunch 🙂

Japanese Roasted Sesame Dressing

Recipe from Just One Cookbook

3 Tbsp. roasted white sesame seeds
2 Tbsp. Japanese mayonnaise
2 Tbsp. rice vinegar
1½ Tbsp. soy sauce
1 tsp. sugar
½ tsp. mirin
½ tsp. Sesame Oil

  1. Put sesame seeds in a frying pan and toast them on low heat. When 2-3 sesame seeds start popping, remove from the heat.
  2. Grind the toasted sesame seeds with a motor and pestle until smooth.
  3. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and whisk everything together. Drizzle on top of a simple salad of ice burg lettuce topped with tomatoes, boiled eggs, wakame, and corn. You can keep the dressing in the refrigerator for up to a week.

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  • Liz Berg

    Lovely noodle salad! The dressing sounds wonderful (love that you were inspired by Nami!). Have a terrific weekend!

    August 2, 2014 at 11:25 AM Reply
  • Emma @ Bake Then Eat

    Such an amazing looking salad I would happily have a bowl of this for lunch sounds really good 😀

    August 2, 2014 at 12:39 PM Reply
  • Angie Schneider

    It looks very appetizing! I probably will replace mayonnaise with yogurt if I make this for my noodle salad.

    August 2, 2014 at 1:19 PM Reply
  • Gloria Baker

    I love this dressing Von!;)

    August 3, 2014 at 12:10 AM Reply
  • Hester @ Alchemy in the Kitchen

    Hi Von, love this dressing. I nearly bought a great big tub of sesame seeds the other day but thought 'what on earth am I going to do with such a quantity?' Now I know!

    August 3, 2014 at 8:23 AM Reply
  • Cakelaw

    This looks delish – although with the chilly weather here, I'll be waiting til it warms up a bit.

    August 3, 2014 at 9:50 AM Reply
  • Helen (Grab Your Fork)

    I do find it crazy to see how expensive goma dressing is. I ended up looking at the ingredients list and realising, hey, I have all those things in my pantry anyway. I use tahini instead of grinding my own sesame seeds – definitely a much cheaper way of sourcing goma dressing!

    August 3, 2014 at 3:16 PM Reply
  • Cheri Savory Spoon

    I love noodle salads, and this dressing sounds amazing. Pinned!

    August 3, 2014 at 6:25 PM Reply
  • 黄明

    Oh yum, this is almost too simple! I reckon I could do this for my next dinner party as an easy entree. 🙂
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    August 4, 2014 at 1:06 AM Reply
  • Kelly

    This noodle salad looks wonderful! Love Nami's recipes and this roasted sesame dressing sounds amazing!

    August 4, 2014 at 2:27 AM Reply
  • Lavender and Lime (

    This sounds so good and really worth making at home 🙂

    August 4, 2014 at 5:52 AM Reply
  • Rosa's Yummy Yums

    A tasty dressing! Those flavors are fabulous.



    August 4, 2014 at 12:46 PM Reply
  • Cheap Ethnic Eatz

    Just adore this salad dressing. We have a few in stores here, 2 companies right from my city, but never tried to make my own. Your dish looks great.

    August 4, 2014 at 2:30 PM Reply
  • Navaneetham Krishnan

    Beautifully presented and impressive in taste. Never taste this dish before and sure, why not? Wonder if I can ask some chilli flakes for spiciness?

    August 4, 2014 at 2:35 PM Reply

    is going to be my weekend menu

    August 4, 2014 at 4:33 PM Reply
  • Zoe

    Hi Von,

    We love both Nami and Jessie's recipes and I have making my own dressing using Jessie's recipe for more than a month now and we are sticking to this brilliant recipe. Hope that you will like both too. Forget the commercial ones… They are not as good as the homemade ones with freshly roasted sesame seeds.


    August 5, 2014 at 2:42 AM Reply
  • Joanne

    I love that sesame flavor! This salad is a must try.

    August 5, 2014 at 11:59 AM Reply
  • Shar Kay

    Hmmm…Simple and healthy…. Sounds pretty darn good to me! 😀

    August 5, 2014 at 1:21 PM Reply
  • Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl

    Definitely craving noodle salad right now!

    August 6, 2014 at 4:05 AM Reply
  • Ivy Sew

    Hi Von, thanks for sharing homemade Japanese Roasted Sesame Dressing recipe. I used to buy it from supermarket and now with this yummy recipe of yours, I am definitely going to give this a try. You have a great day and regards 🙂

    August 6, 2014 at 5:16 AM Reply
  • Abbe@This is How I Cook

    Love this dressing and there is nothing like a good sesame noodle salad. This is a great dressing to always have on hand!

    August 6, 2014 at 5:32 AM Reply
  • Emma | Fork and Good

    Looks good to me! Now I want noodles…

    August 6, 2014 at 10:20 AM Reply
  • Chris Scheuer

    Sounds wonderful!! I'm wondering if Japanese mayo is a lot different than regular.

    August 6, 2014 at 9:00 PM Reply
  • Juliana

    This noddle salad looks delicious, especially during warm weather…love the sesame dressing…
    Hope you are having a great week 😀

    August 7, 2014 at 7:23 PM Reply
  • Monica

    Nami's recipes are great and I love sesame salad dressing. I bet this tastes so much better than the bottled stuff. I want a cold noodle dish right now.

    August 9, 2014 at 2:35 AM Reply
  • Treat and Trick

    Simple yet satisfying dish! May be I need to add some chili to spice it up a bit..

    August 9, 2014 at 1:34 PM Reply
  • dentistvschef

    Wow, damn delicious!!!
    the photgraph is truelly seducing me…
    lovin the umami hint of sesame dressing….

    August 10, 2014 at 6:25 AM Reply
  • Lia Teixeira

    Hi Von,
    This suggestion looks so yummy and delicious. I love all kinds of Japanese food and this dressing sounds and looks outstanding!

    August 11, 2014 at 12:10 PM Reply
  • Ruby Qiu

    I like Japanese food, feel great.ブランド靴通販

    August 13, 2014 at 3:43 AM Reply
  • Lucas Wisdome

    I love noodles.. It looks yummy and delicious…

    August 16, 2014 at 1:37 PM Reply
  • Dolly

    This looks so nice and healthy!

    August 18, 2014 at 11:38 AM Reply
  • lisa is cooking

    I love noodle salads in the summer, and the dressing sounds fantastic!

    August 21, 2014 at 2:45 AM Reply
  • sprinklesandsauce

    i am loving this salad…Japanese food is so minimalistic but delicious!

    September 6, 2014 at 2:04 AM Reply
  • Marcela

    Wow! It looks insanely delicious!

    September 9, 2014 at 9:50 PM Reply
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