Homemade Sesame Ginger Dressing is created out of ingredients like sriracha, sesame oil and rice wine vinegar. This easy concoction will give your salads an Asian flair.

This intensely flavorful recipe is especially suited for dressing Asian noodle salad but it’s also delicious drizzled over crisp arugula or fresh leafy greens (or even Kale Salad).

Pouring Sesame Ginger Dressing over a salad in a white bowl

To Make Sesame Ginger Dressing

If you can shake a jar, then you can make sesame ginger dressing! With just a bit of prepping and two easy steps it’s ready to go!

  1. Squeeze a lime, mince a clove of garlic and grate some ginger.
  2. Measure and add each ingredient (per recipe below) into a jar or cruet and shake to blend.

Toasted sesame oil imparts a fabulous nutty taste, complemented by a spicy kick from the sriracha sauce. Lime juice is ideal, but you can use lemon instead if that’s all you have on hand.

You could use any red chili sauce, but if you’ve never cooked with sriracha before, let this recipe be your introduction to this fabulous Thai condiment! Made from chilies, garlic, sugar and vinegar, sriracha’s unique flavor has caused it to explode in popularity and become a staple in many kitchens worldwide.

Jar of Sesame Ginger Dressing with salad in the background and side of sesame seeds

How to Store Sesame Ginger Dressing

Store sesame ginger dressing in a glass jar or salad dressing cruet for easy dispensing.

How Long Will It Last? Homemade Sesame dressing should be refrigerated right after making and be kept in the refrigerator for only 2-3 days.

Other Great Uses

Use sesame ginger dressing on any fresh tossed salad or pasta salads. It also makes a nice dipping sauce for breads or crispy noodles. I love it mixed in with hot Ramen noodles or sprinkled over basmati rice. It’s also a great enhancement for meats, like pulled pork or shredded chicken.

Adapt this recipe for use in baked Asian chicken wings by mixing it with 3 tablespoons of honey. Coat the chicken wings and bake until crispy and caramelized.

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Sesame Ginger Dressing

This easy concoction will give your salads an Asian flair.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 21 tablespoons
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  • 2 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger grated
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds optional


  • Combine all ingredients in a jar and shake well to combine.
  • Enjoy over salads, as a marinade, in stir fries or as a dip.


Homemade Sesame dressing should be refrigerated right after making and be kept in the refrigerator for only 2-3 days. 
4.97 from 190 votes

Nutrition Information

Calories: 62 | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 101mg | Potassium: 4mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Dressing
Cuisine Asian
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  1. To the person who asked about the short “life” of this dressing, I would substitute garlic powder and ginger powder instead of using fresh for both. Although I have not made this dressing (although I definitely plan on trying it), I have a similar recipe that I use and it keeps a long time in the fridge.

    Thank you, Holly, for not only being a patient person with some of the other mean commenters, and also for your great, easy recipes. Much appreciated!

  2. I have been using this dressing recipe A LOT since i found it earlier this year. It has officially been added to a recipe card with “spend with pennies” in the corner so i remember where i found it. =)

    When I make my asian salad, I have so much salad I’ll eat it with this dressing all week long. I mix two bags of Walmart’s super blend, a chopped up napa cabbage and chopped cilantro and thinly sliced scallions – easy peasy.

    I leave out the water, use more sesame oil than veggie oil (and do not use the full amount of oil listed here), leave out the sesame seeds, and use less honey (especially when i double the recipe). The flavors of this dressing are amazing even with those changes, it would make a great marinade as well. I cannot say enough good things about it and because I just made it again earlier this week I decided to finally come say something about it!5 stars

    1. Sorry, Dawn. I have never used fine crystal monkfruit. But maybe another reader can offer some guidance.

      1. Thanks for answering. I actually found a pretty natural sugar free substitute for honey so I am making this today!

  3. Hi
    Made this salad dressing and had it on a bed of greens with leftover grilled chicken, I loved the flavor and so did my husband. Is there any trick into making it a bit thicker?5 stars

      1. Another idea to make the dressing a little thicker and have the added benefits would be to add 1-2 teaspoons of chia seeds. The added fiber can improve heart health, promote intestinal health and reduce cholesterol levels. Just a thought.5 stars