Have you tried Ginger Salad Dressing? You likely have and may not have known it.  It’s our favorite whenever we enjoy Japanese Hibachi.  A simple salad is served with the most amazing Ginger Dressing and I want to lick the bowl clean.  Oh it’s good.

Ginger Salad Dressing on an Iceberg Salad
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Don’t believe me?  Ask my boys, I tend to embarrass them often.   I’ve even found that I can purchase this delicious salad dressing to take home and enjoy.  Most Restaurants will sell you a small portion for a large price to take some home.

I’m here to help you make it fresh from home and enjoy it with your family!  And now that I make it regularly the boys aren’t nearly as embarrassed to out to eat me with either.

Ginger Salad Dressing in a bowl often called Japanese Dressing

Ginger Salad Dressing originated in Japan and is often served with many meals.  A simple salad with Iceberg Lettuce, Purple Cabbage, and Matchstick Carrots with Ginger Dressing is generously poured on top.    The best news it’s how easy it is to make.

Shopping List for Ginger Salad Dressing

  • Peanut Oil
  • White Onion
  • Rice Wine Vinegar
  • Water
  • Fresh Ginger
  • Celery
  • Soy Sauce
  • Ketchup
  • Sugar
  • Lemon Juice
  • Salt and Pepper

Now, I know you will ask so let me help you out with a few substitutions

Substitution Options for Japanese Dressing

  • Olive Oil can be substituted for Peanut Oil
  • Yellow Onion for White Onion
  • Bottled Lemon Juice for Fresh Lemon Juice (start with 1 tsp and adjust for taste)
  • Mirin for Sugar
  • Ground Ginger for Freshly Grated  – Although it’s not my favorite and tastes a bit different.

How to make Ginger Dressing

Gather the ingredients and let’s get started making this simple recipe.  I blend everything together in a food processor.  Measure and add ingredients and then chop and grind until smooth.  Or mostly smooth.  I find the Celery leaves a texture that is fantastic.

Ginger Dressing in Food Processor

If you don’t have a food processor a blender will work just fine!

Pour and store salad dressing into a Mason Jar or other container with a lid and keep in the Refrigerator.  Shake before serving to make sure all the ingredients are mixed together. 

I’m using the Ergo Spout which turns any regular mouth Mason Jar into a pourable spout. They are wonderful with dressings and syrups. Use my code DEVOURDINNER for 10% off your order.

Japanese Salad Dressing in Mason Jar with Spout

This dressing will keep for up to a week in the refrigerator so make it early and have it ready for your meal.  It’s fun.

Ginger Salad Dressing is often referred to as Japanese Salad Dressing or Wafu Dressing.  It’s all the same fantastic dressing and very common at Japanese Steakhouses.

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Wedge Salad with Ginger Dressing

What is Japanese Salad Dressing Made of?

Japanese Salad Dressing is made up of Peanut Oil, white onion, rice wine vinegar, water, fresh ginger, celery, soy sauce, ketchup, sugar, lemon juice, and salt and pepper.  Blended together for a delicious vinaigrette salad dressing. 

What does Ginger Dressing Taste Like?

Ginger Dressing is one that best tasted to explain the taste.  It’s a sweet and a little bit spicy dressing.  You do not have to love Ginger to LOVE this dressing.  It’s fantastic.

How to Serve Ginger Salad Dressing

Make a simple Iceberg Salad with purple cabbage and matchstick carrots.  Or serve a Wedge Salad with some Matchstick Carrots on the side.  It’s a fun way to serve a salad too.

Make sure to serve up some of our favorite Teriyaki Sauce to add to Steak, Chicken or Vegetables for the perfect Japanese meal.

Ginger Dressing

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Ginger Salad Dressing
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Ginger Dressing

Ginger Dressing also known as Japanese Salad Dressing served at Japanese Steak Houses is Sweet, Tangy and a little Spicy served on a simple Iceberg Salad.
Prep Time5 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Japanese
Servings: 8
Calories: 137kcal


  • 1/2 Cup Peanut Oil
  • 1/2 Cup White Onion Diced
  • 1/4 Cup Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 1/4 Cup Water
  • 2 Tbl Ginger Fresh grated
  • 2 Tbl Celery Diced
  • 2 Tbl Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tbl Ketchup
  • 2 tsp Sugar
  • 2 tsp Lemon Juice
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  • Gather all ingredients. Chop and dice Onion and Celery.
  • To grate fresh ginger first remove the outer peel with a potato peeler or paring knife. Then grate ginger using a small grater.
  • In a Food Processor combine all ingredients and blend until smooth
  • Dressing will have some texture from the onion and celery.
  • Store in a sealed container in refrigerator until ready to serve
  • Will last up to a week when properly strored in refrigerator.


The dressing makes 1 1/2 cups dressing and will serve 8-10.
Store in refrigerator for up to one week in a sealed container.  Shake dressing before serving to mix ingredients that may have separated.  
Purchase Ergo Spout which fits any regular size mason jar and turn it into a pourable spout.  Use code DEVOURDINNER at checkout and received 10% off purchase. 


Calories: 137kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 228mg | Potassium: 55mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 26IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg
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