The complex Asian flavors in this salad dressing can carry even the most simple ingredients. It is similar to the dressing that is sold at Trader Joe’s grocery stores under the same name. Making this quick dressing yourself means you can use better quality ingredients. All homemade dressings can be sweetened with liquid stevia, to taste.
Olive oil is a staple in the Mediterranean diet since olives grow easily throughout the region. Extra virgin olive oil is monounsaturated fat, which is the healthy type. EVOO is also a powerful antioxidant and claimed to lower your cardiovascular risk. The ADA endorses the Mediterranean diet for Type 2 and Prediabetics.
Ginger is another powerful anti-inflammatory root. It is widely used to treat upset stomachs and indigestion. This familiar flavor is not just limited to ginger ale and provides the most healing benefits in its fresh root form. Most spice sections in grocery stores at least carry the dried powder version. Ginger can increase insulin release in diabetics – which is a good thing.
Mushrooms contain the amino acid ergothioneine which helps to reduce inflammation in the body. When eaten raw mushrooms can contain higher levels of prebiotics to help foster healthy gut bacteria. The benefits continue, as mushrooms are also antibacterial, antiviral and anticancer.
Good kitchen tools, like good ingredients, are important for success. If you have a conventional blender that can be used instead of an immersion blender.
- Immersion Hand Blender – The ideal toolkit for making salad dressings, marinades and other sauces. Also useful for pureeing soup while still in the pan.
PUTTING IT ALTOGETHER
Follow the instructions below to make this simple and savory dressing. Add liquid stevia, to taste, if desired. To reduce your calorie count, add fresh water to dilute the other ingredients to your desired consistency.
SESAME GINGER DRESSING
Author: Frank Falat
Recipe type: Dressing
- Olive Oil, ¾ c
- Rice Vinegar, ¼ c
- Garlic, 1 clove or 1 tsp powdered
- Ginger, 1 tbsp fresh or ¼ tsp powdered
- Sesame Oil, 2 tbsp
- Sesame Seeds, 1 tbsp (optional)
- Mushrooms - Shiitake, ½ c fresh or re-hydrated
- Tamari, 1 tbsp (sub Soy Sauce)
- OPTIONAL: Dry toast (no oil or butter needed) the garlic in skillet over medium-low heat until the outside is lightly brown (5-10 minutes).
- Add the olive oil, rice vinegar, tamari and sesame oil to the immersion blender container.
- Add the garlic clove (or powder), ginger (or powder), mushrooms to the blender container.
- Blend until the ingredients are fully combined.
- Store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
Serving Size 2 tbsp
Servings Per Container 10
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g
Saturated Fat 0g
Trans Fat 0g
Total Carbohydrate 1g
Dietary Fiber 0g
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.