Miso Salad Dressing

Discover the delightful world of our Miso Salad Dressing, a Japanese-style dressing that effortlessly blends sweet, savory, and zesty flavors to enhance your salads and vegetables! With just 8 simple ingredients and a speedy 1-minute preparation, it’s the ultimate choice for those seeking an easy, vegan, and gluten-free dressing made with genuine, wholesome ingredients!

Homemade miso dressing being poured onto salad.

Why I Love This Recipe

This Miso Salad Dressing is a Japanese-inspired recipe that takes your salads to a whole new level! Crafted with brown awase miso, Japanese sake, and an array of flavorful ingredients, it brings a perfect balance of salty, sweet, and umami notes to your dishes. It’s the ideal choice for those who crave authentic Japanese flavors to add into their salads!

Much like our Caesar Dressing, Wafu Dressing, and Ginger Salad Dressing recipes, this dressing follows a fuss-free approach by effortlessly combining all the ingredients and blending it together! Whether you prefer green leaf lettuce, spring mix, or even as a dipping sauce for grilled meats, this dressing adds simplicity and authentic Japanese flavors to your dishes. Experience the essence of homemade miso dressing today!



  • Miso – awase brown Miso works best.
  • 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. 
  • Sweetener – use your preferred sweetener.
  • Rice VinegarRice Vinegar distilled from rice used in Asian cuisine. Can sub with distilled white vinegar.
  • Vegetable Oil – oil with no taste made from soybeans, corn, canola and/or sunflower.
  • Ginger– freshly grated ginger.
  • Garlic– freshly grated garlic.
  • Cayenne Pepper ground Cayenne Pepper.
  • Toasted Sesame Seeds – optional garnish.

🥢 Miso Ingredient Note

There are three types of miso: White Miso is mild with sweet, nutty, and savory flavors. Red Miso offers a more robust and salty taste, while Brown Miso, also known as Awase Miso, in a blend between the 2 and strikes a balance between salty, sweet, and umami flavors. We recommend Awase Miso for a well-balanced taste, but the choice depends on personal preference.

🌾 Oil Ingredient Note

When choosing an oil for your dressing, ensure it’s a neutral oil with no added flavor.

Ingredients for miso dressing on the table.


Step 1 In a bowl, microwave Japanese sake and sweetener for 30-45 seconds.

Homemade mirin in a bowl.

Step 2 Combine the boiled Japanese sake with sweetener, water , rice vinegar, vegetable oil, grated ginger, grated garlic, cayenne pepper, and optional toasted sesame seeds.

Miso dressing in a bowl.

🌀 Food Processor Shortcut Tip

To make this recipe easier, warm up the Japanese sake in the microwave with the sweetener and then combine all the ingredients in a food processor and blend.

💡 Storing Pro Tip

Store the dressing in the fridge until ready to serve, and be sure to stir before pouring as settling will occur.

Paring Recommendations

For a complete Japanese-inspired meal, consider serving it alongside a bowl of Japanese Corn Soup to start. As your main dish, opt for a Japanese-style stir-fry like Japanese Pork Stir Fry or Bean Sprouts and Pork Stir Fry, and complement it with a bowl of your preferred rice.

Salad dressed with miso dressing.

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of lettuce does this miso dressing work best on?

It pairs particularly well with green or red leaf lettuce, spring mix, or baby spinach leaves. You can even use it as a dip for carrots or cucumbers.

Can I use this dressing as a dipping sauce?

Yes, you can use this as a dipping sauce for various types of grilled meat if you wish.

Can I substitute Japanese sake with another ingredient?

Yes, you can use Japanese mirin. If you choose to use mirin, remember to halve the amount of sweetener used.

Homemade miso dressing served in a salad dressing dispenser.

Storage Tips

Store it in an airtight dressing container. When refrigerated, it will maintain its delicious taste for a generous 7 to 10 days.

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Miso Salad Dressing

Discover the perfect miso salad dressing recipe, a delightful blend of sweet, savory, and zesty flavors. Create restaurant-quality salads with this homemade miso dressing.
5 from 3 votes
Course: dip, dressing, Salad
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: miso dressing, miso salad dressing recipe
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 1 minute
Servings: 4
Print Recipe
Calories: 26kcal



  • Gather all the ingredients.
    Ingredients to make homamade miso dressing on the countertop.
  • Grate garlic and ginger.
    Grated garlic and ginger in a bowl.
  • In a microwave-safe bowl, combine Japanese sake and sweetener, then microwave for 30-45 seconds.
    Homemade mirin in a bowl.
  • Whisk boiled sake with water, miso, rice vinegar, vegetable oil, grated ginger, grated garlic, cayenne pepper, and optional toasted sesame seeds. Keep in the fridge until ready to serve.
    Miso dressing in a bowl.


Calories: 26kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 317mg | Potassium: 22mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 59IU | Calcium: 6mg
*Values Based Per Serving
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