holding a bowl of salad with ginger dressing

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Why I love this Japanese salad dressing

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, and we have no plans.  Marc has an away game so we will have a romantic pre-game meal of chicken parmesan with spaghetti.  Then he’ll be gone for most of the day/night.  So I’ll probably make my favorite one-person meal – Thai green chicken curry with vegetables and rice and a nice big salad with this hibachi-style ginger dressing.  Then I’ll watch my favorite girly shows all by myself.  It’s going to be great.

I’ve been in love with the ginger dressing they serve at Japanese steakhouses all over the U.S., but I’ve never been able to replicate the taste and texture together.  I’ve tried and tried and tried to figure it out, and I finally came up with the simple ginger dressing I posted a while back.  It had the right flavor, but it was missing the texture. Thankfully, my sister found a recipe that was (almost) perfect. With a few minor adjustments, I had finally figured out the perfect hibachi ginger dressing.

Try it for yourself and see what you think.  Doesn’t it taste just like the stuff you get at your favorite Japanese steakhouse?

a bowl of green salad topped with ginger dressing and a fork

Here’s what you’ll need to make it

Ingredients note: I normally buy pre-grated ginger, but if you’re using fresh, I recommend using the small side of a box grater to grate it rather than a microplane. I find that the fibers just get stuck on the microplane.

How to make ginger salad dressing

Prep your ingredients. Since this dressing is blended, it’s tempting to just throw everything into the blender, but I find that cutting the celery and grating the ginger really helps get the dressing nice and smooth – or as smooth as it’s going to get.

Blend the dressing in a food processor or blender until it’s mostly smooth. Transfer it to a mason jar or other container and refrigerate until you’re ready to use it.

a bowl of salad topped with ginger dressing

FAQ’s and tips for making Japanese ginger dressing

Is ginger dressing gluten free?

This salad dressing is gluten free, but you should always make sure to double check any of the ingredients in your packaged items to help avoid any possible cross contamination.

How long does ginger salad dressing last?

If you leave it stored inside of an airtight container in your fridge you can expect your homemade ginger dressing to last up to a week and still be good.

Is ginger dressing supposed to be chunky?

Ginger dressing is one of those weirdly textured dressings that you get used to the more you try it. It’s chunky and creamy at the same time, but when you eat it with your crunchy salad, it all works together to create a symphony of flavors and textures you can enjoy.

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Hibachi Ginger Dressing

This hibachi style Japanese salad dressing is absolutely incredible. It’s vegan and tastes just like the ginger dressing you get at your favorite Japanese steakhouse, but don’t be fooled, the secret to the beautiful color in this creamy dressing isn’t carrot.

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Category: Condiments
  • Method: Blending
  • Cuisine: Japanese


  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped onions
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons fresh grated ginger
  • 2 stalks celery, roughly chopped
  • 2/ tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 teaspoons tomato paste
  • 3 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons water


  1. Place all ingredients – except the water – in a food processor or blender.
  2. Process until mostly smooth.
  3. Add water 1 tablespoon at a time until you have reached the desired consistency.
  4. Refrigerate dressing for at least 30 minutes before serving.


Recipe adapted from Katie’s Passion Kitchen.

Keywords: dairy free, vegan, easy, dressing, salad, healthy

Last Updated on November 12, 2021 by Melissa Belanger

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    1. It’s 3 tablespoons of grated fresh ginger. I’m so sorry I must have missed that when I was reading over the post!

  1. I’ve always assumed it was carrots in the Benihana dressing I love so dearly, but any time i have tried to recreate it, it has come out all wrong. The use of onions seems like a great idea. I will have to try this. Beautiful photos.

  2. Oh I’m not really sure. If you think the onions are bitter, I guess I would suggest not using as much onion next time. I have no idea what cooking them will do so I wouldn’t suggest it. You could also use more celery and less onion so you have the same amount of “stuff” in it.

      1. I probably did! You could definitely – and probably should use a sweet onion. But, I could never find sweet onions in France which is where we were living at the time. If you try with a sweet onion, let me know!

  3. This is it!!! I have also tried and tried and tried too! We stop at our local steakhouse just to buy tubs of their dressing, but it is big bucks. My wife and I high fived after we tasted this because we were so psyched that we can do it now. Thanks so much!

    Josh & Erin and our 3 kids

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  5. This is my absolute favorite dressing ever!! I love that i can just add it to a full plate lettuce and nothing else needs to be added because the flavor is amazing!!

  6. Thank you so much for sharing this! I always wanted to know how to duplicate a Japanese Steakhouse ginger dressing…now I know! Turned out perfect…it is now cooling in the refrigerator. I will later enjoy a lettuce, carrot, cucumber salad (with ginger dressing). Perfect pairing for grilled teriyaki salmon…can’t wait for dinner!

  7. Prepared this recipe exactly as written, and it was fantastic! Very good replica of Japanese restaurant recipe, and just delicious. Hubby was surprised and impressed.

    1. I think the celery really makes a difference in the flavor, I would probably leave it out before I swapped in cucumber, but it’s totally up to you!

  8. OMG! I have been searching for the ginger dressing that you get at the hibachi restaurants. I legit did a happy dance in my kitchen when I tasted your recipe. I can’t believe it. So easy and inexpensive, too!!! THANK YOU!!! P.S. I made the recipe exactly as written and it’s perfect!!! Tastes exactly like the restaurant!