Japanese Wafu Salad Dressing

Indulge in the irresistible flavors of our Japanese Wafu Salad Dressing, reminiscent of the beloved dressing found in Japanese restaurants. This homemade delight captures the essence of authentic Japanese flavors, transforming your salads into a culinary experience that rivals your favorite dining spot!

We are thrilled to share the secret behind the incredible Japanese Wafu Salad Dressing. This versatile dressing is not only perfect for enhancing the flavors of your salads but also doubles as a delectable dipping sauce for chicken and beef.

With its wholesome, homemade goodness and zesty savory flavors, this dressing brings the authentic taste of Japanese cuisine straight to your kitchen, without any preservatives!

Green salad topped with a Japanese style wafu salad dressing served in a white bowl being picked up with a pair of chopsticks.

What is Japanese Wafu Salad Dressing?

Japanese Wafu Salad Dressing is a versatile and flavorful dressing that adds a touch of Japanese flair to your salads. It also shines as a delectable dipping sauce for chicken and beef.

Made with wholesome, homemade ingredients and without any preservatives, wafu dressing stays true to its roots by incorporating a soy sauce base and delivering zesty and savory flavors!

What is the difference between Wafu, Ginger and Goma dressing?

Japanese-style dressings offer a variety of flavors, each with its own unique base ingredient and distinct Japanese taste

Wafu Dressing – known for its savory and citrusy profile, Wafu dressing utilizes a ponzu base. The combination of savory flavors and refreshing citrus notes creates a delightful balance that complements salads and other dishes.

Ginger Dressing – with a base of ketchup, Ginger dressing showcases the bold and distinct flavor of ginger. Its tangy and aromatic qualities add a zingy kick to salads, making it a popular choice in Japanese cuisine.

Goma Sesame Dressing – goma dressing features a base of ground-up sesame seeds, offering a creamy and rich sesame flavor. Its nutty and indulgent taste adds depth to salads and makes for a satisfying dressing option.

Each of these dressings represents a different facet of Japanese-style flavors, allowing you to explore a diverse range of tastes and find the perfect match for your culinary creations.

What does wafu Japanese-style salad dressing taste like?

Wafu Japanese-style salad dressing is characterized by its vinaigrette-style taste. It offers a delightful combination of flavors, typically featuring a ponzu base with savory and citrus notes.

The savory elements bring depth and umami to the dressing, while the citrus components contribute a tangy and refreshing quality.

Together, these flavors create a harmonious balance that enhances the natural taste of salads, resulting in a light and flavorful dressing experience.

Japanese style wafu salad dressing being poured on a green salad.

What ingredients do I need to make Japanese salad dressing?

  • Ponzu – citrus-flavored soy sauce that comes in a bottle. Mizkan brand is preferred, which can be purchased at most Asian supermarkets.
  • Japanese Sake – typically will come in a large bottle labeled junmai sake. Can also substitute with dry sherry wine.
  • Chopped Onion – about 1/4 of a medium onion will be used.
  • Sweetener – use your preferred sweetener.
  • Neutral Oil –vegetable oil, safflower oil, canola oil and soybean oil all work well.
  • Toasted Sesame Seeds – used for texture and garnish of sauce.

Extra Flavors – additional ingredients you can try to add are yuzu juice, lemon juice, pepper and sesame oil for some extra flavors.

What are the instructions to make Japanese wafu salad dressing?

Loosely chop onions and boil out the alcohol from Japanese sake.

Simply then combine those ingredients in a food processor along with ponzu, sweetener, oil and sesame seeds. Serve on top of your favorite green vegetable salad, iceberg lettuce, cucumbers, tomato, carrot, and corn.

How to store Japanese dressing?

Store in an airtight container inside a refrigerator. Should last 7-10 days.

What is the nutrition information for this wafu dressing recipe?

  • 25 Calories
  • 2g Carbohydrates
  • 0g Fiber
  • 1g Protein
  • 1g Fat
  • 0mg Cholesterol
  • 0mg Sodium
  • 4mg Potassium
  • 0mg Calcium
  • 0mg Iron
  • 0ui Vitamin A
  • 0mg Vitamin C

Green salad topped with a Japanese style wafu salad dressing served in a white bowl, top down shot.

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  • Prepping Time 5M
  • Total Time 5M
  • Net Carb/Serving ~3g
  • Servings 2

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp Ponzu
  • 1 tbsp Japanese Sake
  • 1 tbsp Chopped Onion
  • 2 tsp Sweetener (sugar alternative, sugar or preferred sweetener)
  • 1/4 tsp Neutral Oil (no taste)
  • 1/2 tsp Toasted Sesame Seeds

Directions

1) Gather all the ingredients.

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2) Loosely chop an onion and set aside.

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3) In a stove top pot or frying pan, add Japanese sake, bring to a boil for 15 seconds and remove from heat.

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4) In a food processor, add all the ingredients and pulse until evenly blended.

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5) Serve on top of your favorite salad greens.

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Japanese Wafu Salad Dressing

Indulge in the irresistible flavors of our Japanese Wafu Salad Dressing, reminiscent of the beloved dressing found in Japanese restaurants. This homemade delight captures the essence of authentic Japanese flavors, transforming your salads into a culinary experience that rivals your favorite dining spot!
5 from 5 votes
Course: Appetizer, Salad, Sauce, Side Dish
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: Japanese restaurant salad dressing, Japanese salad dressing, Japanese salads, wafu dressing
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
Servings: 2
Print Recipe
Calories: 25kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp Ponzu
  • 1 tbsp Japanese Sake
  • 1 tbsp Chopped Onion
  • 2 tsp Sweetener sugar alternative, sugar or preferred sweetener
  • 1/4 tsp Neutral Oil no taste
  • 1/2 tsp Sesame Seeds

Instructions

  • Gather all the ingredients.
  • Loosely chop an onion and set aside.
  • In a stovetop pot or frying pan, add Japanese sake, bring to a boil for 15 seconds and remove from heat.
  • In a food processor, add all the ingredients and pulse until evenly blended.
  • Serve on top of your favorite salad greens.

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Nutrition

Calories: 25kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 511mg | Potassium: 4mg
*Values Based Per Serving
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