Japanese Salad Dressing

This Japenese Salad Dressing is one that I am excited to share with you. Often Japanese restaurants serve two basic salad dressing recipes, this one of those versions. You can prepare a delicious homemade salad dressing in a flash!

Creamy Japanese Salad Dressing in a small bowl in front of a bowl of lettuce.

Japanese Miso Salad Dressing

I love the creamy Asian salad dressing served at places like Shogun, or perhaps you have a local Japanese Teppanyaki place where they serve up a fresh green salad before every meal. For a long time, I pondered over what made those salads so amazing. I believe the ingredient you really need is fresh miso paste.

I won’t lie, miso paste is unlikely to be found in an average or small grocery store. The ingredient is likely to be found at a larger grocery store, often in the produce section, or an Asian market.

Miso adds a salty rich flavor that you don’t want to miss. Don’t fret, you can enjoy the miso you use in many other recipes. If you can’t find the paste near you, you can order some online.

Creamy Japanese Salad Dressing

This salad dressing isn’t an intentional copycat recipe from a specific restaurant. Some Japanese salad dressings have elements of garlic, and a few have touches of toasted sesame seed oil.

I love the creamy salad dressing served at places like Shogun so I tried to make a salad dressing in this style. The result was my very own Japanese dressing that blends these different elements together.

Dressing Recipe Ingredients

Here’s a list of what you need:

  • Mayonnaise
  • White miso
  • Garlic
  • Seasoned rice vinegar
  • Rice cooking wine or mirin
  • Sugar
  • Soy sauce
  • Peanut or vegetable oil
  • Toasted sesame oil

If you do a lot of Asian-style cooking, some of these you may already have in your pantry. If you need it, here’s another online source for a wide variety of ingredients used in Japanese cuisine. You will enjoy this dressing on your own iceberg lettuce salad.

How to Make Japanese Salad Dressing

You can make my creamy Japanese salad dressing in no time at all. This salad dressing is not only delicious on a salad, it can also be used to drizzle over fish. You can even turn it into a dipping sauce for grilled chicken.

All you have to do is stir together the ingredients in a bowl. That’s it!

I know if you try this salad dressing it will soon become a favorite! If you have leftover miso paste, you can enjoy the miso in many other recipes like the two CopyKat recipes below.

Homemade creamy Japanese Salad Dressing in a small bowl next to lettuce in a white bowl.

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Creamy Japanese Salad Dressing in a small bowl in front of a bowl of lettuce.

Japanese Salad Dressing

You can make a delicious Japanese Salad dressing in no time at all.
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: Japanese, Salad Dressing
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 224kcal


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons white miso
  • 2 teaspoons garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup rice cooking wine or mirin
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup peanut oil vegetable oil is ok
  • 1/8 teaspoon toasted sesame oil


  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl, and mix together.    Store in an airtight container.  The salad dressing stays fresh for about 1 week.


Calories: 224kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 606mg | Potassium: 22mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.3mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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Reader Interactions


  1. Casey

    I added ground ginger, extra rice vinegar, and extra sugar… and it turned out perfect! The original recipe had a tad too much sesame oil flavor, but the added ingredients made it perfect!

  2. Bertie Sull

    I recently made your in-and-out burger and found it absolutely delicious. I fried some mushrooms with the onion. yum! Thank you for sharing your recipes.

  3. Happy wheels

    5 stars
    Thanks for sharing this recipe. I love eating Japanese food but never tried making it at home. Now with this recipe I’m gonna cook it for my dinner with my friends at home.

  4. Terri Greathouse

    4 stars
    I really enjoy this type of dressing.
    My favorite is the Japanese ginger dressing, do you have a recipe for that?

    Thanks, Terri

      • Mary

        Ginger Dressing

        1/4 cup chopped onion
        1/4 cup peanut oil
        2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
        2 tablespoons water
        1 tablespoon chopped fresh gingerroot
        1 tablespoon chopped celery
        1 tablespoon soy sauce
        1 1/2 teaspoons tomato paste
        1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
        1 teaspoon lemon juice
        Dash each salt and pepper

        Combine all ingredients in blender container or wok bowl of food processor fitted with steel knife; process until almost smooth. Makes six servings. May be kept refrigerated up to one week.

  5. Martha

    5 stars
    I found the miso in my store’s dairy case. So glad I did. This tastes close to what my local sushi restaurant serves.

  6. geometry dash meltdown

    5 stars
    Some of these you may already have in your pantry if you do a lot of Asian style cooking. I know if you try this salad dressing it will soon become a favorite!!

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