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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!

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

How to make Japanese Wafu Salad Dressing?


  1. Loosely chop onions and boil out the alcohol from Japanese sake.
  2. Simply then combine those ingredients in a food processor along with ponzu, sweetener, oil and sesame seeds.
  3. Serve on top of your favorite green vegetable salad, iceberg lettuce, cucumbers, tomato, carrot, and corn.

What ingredients do I need to make Japanese salad dressing?


  • Ponzu – a citrus flavored soy sauce found in most Japanese supermarkets, Mizkan brand preferred.
  • Japanese Sake – typically will come in a large bottle labeled junmai sake. Can also substitute with dry sherry wine or Chinese cooking wine, found at local grocery stores or Asian markets. 
  • Onion – yellow or brown onion.
  • Sweetener – use your preferred sweetener.
  • Neutral Oil no taste or flavor with high cooking temperature. Some choices are sunflower oil, peanut oil, sallower oil, vegetable oil, and canola oil. 
  • Toasted Sesame Seeds – optional garnish.

Ingredient Add Ins for Japanese Salad Dressing

  • Yuzu Juice
  • Lemon Juice
  • Pepper
  • Toasted Sesame Oil

These ingredients can enhance the overall flavor of the dressing.

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

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

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

  • Ketchup base, 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

  • Ground up toasted sesame base, 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.

How to store Japanese dressing?

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

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


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


  • 3 tbsp Ponzu
  • 1 tbsp Japanese Sake can substitute with dry sherry wine or Chinese cooking wine
  • 1 tbsp Onion chopped
  • 2 tsp Sweetener your preferred sweetener
  • 1/4 tsp Cooking Oil neutral, no flavor or taste
  • 1/2 tsp Toasted Sesame Seeds


  • 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.



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