I love going out to get sushi, but my favorite part is that lick-the-plate-good carrot ginger dressing most Japanese restaurants serve on their house salads. Back at the beginning of the summer my roommates and I went out for sushi and we got to talking how much we loved the dressing. At this point I knew I had recreate it. Last Friday we went out for sushi again. Not my best example of manners, but I couldn't stop dipping my chopsticks in the little dish of dressing. I even saved a little to dip my sushi in.
I'd done some research on recipes a while ago and tt was time to finally whip up my own. Lot's of fresh ginger and some carrots processed together with asian oils and seasonings and you get carrot ginger dressing just like your favorite Japanese restaurant! I added some ground ginger as well to give it a little more ginger kick. I could eat this by the spoonful. I sort of did while I was making it...
Japanese Style Ginger Dressing adapted from Pure Wow
yields 1 cup
1 1/2 cup chopped carrots
1 Tbsp. grated fresh ginger
1 Tbsp. chopped shallot
1 tsp. ground ginger
1/3 cup olive oil
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1-2 Tbsp. soy sauce or tamari
pinch of sugar
pinch of salt
In a food processor, process the carrots, fresh ginger and shallot until finely grated. Add in the ground ginger, oil, rice vinegar, 1 Tbsp. soy sauce, sugar and salt. Process all ingredients until everything is incorporated. Then taste test, the best part! I needed a little more soy sauce, but it's up to your taste buds. Add more if needed and combine until it tastes perfect. Transfer to a jar and store in the fridge. Dressing will stay fresh for one week.
Perfect dressed up over some fresh greens, edamame, tomatoes, red onion and a sprinkle of sesame seeds. Restaurant style at home yo!