Japanese Miso Salad Dressing Recipe

Every Thanksgiving dinner table needs a salad but it doesn’t have to be another boring field salad or an overdressed Caesar. 

On Canadian Thanksgiving, I tasted my friend Olive‘s Japanese miso salad dressing and fell in love with it.   She used it to dress a simple combination of arugula, cucumbers, tomatoes, avocados, and toasted croutons.  The umami-loaded dressing took the otherwise ordinary vegetables to new heights.

Japanese miso salad dressing and kale for Thanksgiving by Melody Gourmet Fury

Flavourful vegetables to tie our Thanksgiving feast together

This versatile miso dressing is nutty, vinegary, and subtly sweet.  The complex flavours hold up well to heftier vegetables but is light enough for a refreshing summer salad too.  (It would be great on grilled fish as well.) Use it to dress whatever fresh vegetables you have on hand and serve your guests an unexpected salad this Thanksgiving.

Japanese miso salad dressing and turkey for Thanksgiving by Melody Gourmet Fury

My first serving on Thanksgiving

p.s. The quick sautéed kale with sliced garlic and grainy mustard was also a hit.

Olive’s Japanese Miso Salad Dressing


  • 1/2 a small red onion, finely diced
  • 1 handful of parsley, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons of miso paste. Mix red and white miso if you have them on hand
  • 2 Tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup of rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup of mirin
  • 1/4 cup of vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup of sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup of toasted sesame seeds
  • salt and pepper to taste


Combine all of the ingredients except for the oils and the sesame seeds in a large bowl.  Slowly drizzle the oils in and whisk to combine until the dressing becomes creamy.

Lightly dress your vegetables with it, sprinkle on the toasted sesame seeds, and serve immediately.


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  1. November 22, 2011 by Kevin Wu

    Bookmarked for future salads :) 

  2. January 28, 2012 by palinode

    I just bought two jars of miso earlier today. This is a great recipe to run into. Thanks!

  3. January 28, 2012 by Melody Fury

    Perfect! Let met know how it turns out :)

  4. May 02, 2012 by Patent Attorney

    This is a very creative way to use miso – thank you for sharing it, cannot wait to try a miso recipe that isn’t just opening a packet of miso to eat it in soup!

  5. June 02, 2012 by SakuraDragon

    Thanks for this delicious dressing!  My daughter says now she doesn’t have to pay $7/bottle for miso dressing.  So much fresher when you can make it yourself.

  6. June 03, 2012 by Melody Fury

    Absolutely! So glad she likes it. No chemical additives either!

  7. January 19, 2013 by Liz Toth

    This is absolutely, unequivocally the best salad dressing I’ve ever tasted; much, MUCH better than anything you can buy in the store. And I’m not even Japanese! One small change: I put everything except the sesame seeds through the blender. Then I add the sesame seeds and give it just enough of a whirl in the blender to help release the flavours; they still look pretty much whole though. I’ve made it a dozen times now, and it is just the best… Keeps for a good while in the fridge… I always keep it on hand now. Thanks for sharing!

  8. August 17, 2013 by kristal

    definitely a keeper! mmm!!

  9. August 17, 2013 by Melody Fury

    Thanks, darling! Enjoy.

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