Asian Carrot Sesame Dressing

by Chrissy


They get to be pretty boring meals, unless you switch it up.

But this dressing, my friend, will hardly bore you. The toasted sesame oil, alone, will probably change your life.

Try this on a bed of spinach and red leaf lettuce, piled high with carrot peels, celery, tomato, avocado, golden raisins, cooked quinoa, pepitas, and sesame seeds, all tossed in this  carrot ginger sesame dressing goodness. Oh and don’t forget the grilled chicken.

Dare to be different. Say no to the basic balsamic vinaigrette or nast-ay light, fat-free,no trans fats, zero points, wishbone-sort-of-dressing. Go for this instead. Your taste buds will thank me now, and your body will thank me later.

Something homemade, wholesome, and super delicious. With this dressing, it was actually hard to stop eating salad. I am fairly positive that I had the above mentioned salad mix 6 times in one week, and now that I’ve hit the bottom of the jar, I plan whip some up, stat!


To Make:

Gather your ingredients.

Place them all into a deep measuring cup or another similar container.

Immerse until consistency is a pureed and smooth texture.

Throw a hearty portion on top of your favorite bed of greens and other salad toppers and toss well, since it is a thick dressing.


Carrot Ginger Sesame Dressing:

Makes about 1 1/2 cups


2 large carrots, peeled, and roughly chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

2 ½ Tbsp fresh ginger, peeled and roughly chopped

3 Tbsps rice wine vinegar

2 Tbsps toasted sesame oil

¼ cup grapeseed oil

2 Tbsp water

1 tsp wasabi paste (plus 1 tsp, if you want it spicy!)

1 tsp coriander

1/2 tsp salt, or to taste

1/4 tsp pepper



Using an immersion blender or a regular blender, puree all ingredients together and you will end up with quite a tasty dressing!


From the Little Yellow Kitchen,


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11 Responses to “Asian Carrot Sesame Dressing”

  1. That looks incredilbly healthy and good!

  2. This looks JUST LIKE my favorite dressing at my favorite sushi place! Bookmarking this to try and make myself :)

  3. Chrissy

    Liz…. it’s literally a new addiction! And yes, a healthy one at that!

  4. Chrissy

    No way! Last time I went to sushi, everyone was raving about this orange, nutty dressing, but I was too full to try it… I bet it is very similar!

  5. This looks just like the dressing on my new fave Trader Joe’s Super Spinach Salad. Must try!

  6. Chrissy

    NO way! That was EXACTLY why I made this dressing! I tried that salad, fell in love, and had to recreate it (for way cheaper, since I have all of those salad toppers at home, anyways). I just read the back of the package to see the salad ingredients and went from there. Probably one of the best ideas that I’ve had yet. Maybe a little sneaky, but I’d rather make my own stuff, anyways. Enjoy!

  7. Wow, this looks amazing!! I’m gonna have to make this for the weekend…

  8. Lauren

    Please do! You won’t regret it :)

  9. Do you think that I would be OK with olive oil instead of grapeseed and without the coriander? I don’t have those items at home and want to make this! Love this salad from TJ’s :) Thanks for re-posting!

  10. Lauren

    I’m sure that would be just fine Eliza! The coriander does add quite a bit of flavor but it will be fine without. If you have a little chopped cilantro to throw in, that would be a good substitute.

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