A cruet of ginger dressing being poured over a salad.

Why I love this ginger dressing recipe

One of my favorite things is the salad with ginger dressing they serve before your meal at the Japanese hibachi places. I just love it.  I used to buy it from the restaurants for $7 a pint.

I tried out all the copycat recipes available on the internet, and none of them ever tasted right. I’ve since come up with my own hibachi ginger dressing recipe, that is spot on, but this vinaigrette is much simpler when I’m in a pinch and want something quick.

Overhead shot of a cruet full of ginger dressing, next to two bowls of asian inspired salad and a piece of ginger root.

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Here’s what you’ll need to make this homemade ginger dressing

You should be able to find all of the ingredients for at your regular grocery store, but I prefer to buy mine from our local Asian market because I think the prices and the quality of the products are better. Make sure you choose an unseasoned and unsweetened rice vinegar.

How to make ginger salad dressing

Prep your flavors. Mince your garlic and grate some fresh ginger – or use jarred if you’re in a hurry.

Measure your liquid ingredients. I like to combine mine directly in the glass measuring cup to save dishes.

Mix the dressing. Add the garlic and ginger to the measuring cup and whisk it all together.

After you’ve had this ginger dressing a few times and you’re feeling adventurous, try adding a 1/2 teaspoon of sesame oil (a little goes a long way) to the mix for a change of pace.

A bowl of ingredients to be whisked together to make ginger dressing.

faqs & tips for making ginger dressing

How long does homemade ginger dressing last?

This recipe should last in your fridge for up to two weeks – as long as you’ve used fresh ingredients to make it.

Is ginger dressing gluten free?

This dressing isn’t naturally gluten free, but it can easily be made gluten free by swapping the soy sauce for some tamari sauce.

Is ginger dressing good for you?

Making homemade salad dressing is always going to be better for you than store-bought or processed dressing. However, there’s still oil and sodium in it, so I still recommend consuming it in moderation.

Overhead shot of a cruet full of ginger dressing, next to two bowls of asian inspired salad and a piece of ginger root.

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Ginger Dressing

This homemade ginger dressing is a super easy and healthy alternative to hibachi style salad dressing. It works with any Asian inspired salad and it’s naturally vegan (swap the soy to make it gluten free). #dressing #ginger

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 3/4 cup 1x
  • Category: Dressing
  • Method: Mixing
  • Cuisine: Japanese


  • 2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced (about 1/2 teaspoon)
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard (optional)
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/3 cup olive oil


  1. In a small bowl or jar, combine together ingredients.
  2. Keep refrigerated for up to two weeks.


  • Serving Size: 2 tablespoons
  • Calories: 0
  • Sugar: 0 g
  • Sodium: 0 mg
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 0 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: easy, vinaigrette, healthy, dairy free

Last Updated on November 1, 2021 by Melissa Belanger

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  1. You can do 2 TBS ginger, 2TBS sugar, 2 TBS soy sauce, 2 TBS minced carrot and 1/4 cup mayo and it tastes and looks almost exactly the same. I think the only difference in the restaurant’s is they use msg in place of some of the soy sauce. I hope you like it!

  2. Love the simplicity and cost. Wish there was a viable substitute for the oil to lower the fat content to a bit closer to most store bought. Any suggestions?

    1. I actually do not have any other suggestions. I have only ever made it this way, you could compare different oils to see but they will probably be pretty close to each other in fat content. Good luck!