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Quick and Easy Miso Vinaigrette

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This umami packed miso vinaigrette makes an amazing salad dressing as well as a delicious marinade. A quick and easy recipe that will step up your salad game today.

miso vinaigrette poured on a salad

Homemade salad dressings are just so much better tasting and better for you. Far less additives and other unpronounceable ingredients.

Vegetables are often forgotten about in many meals or straight up disliked by the children (and adults as well for that matter), but adding an amazing dressing changes the game.

Make this miso vinaigrette for your next salad dressing and you’re sure to be wanting more.

mason jar of miso vinaigrette

First off, you’ll need

Ingredients for miso vinaigrette:

  • ¼ cup avocado oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon red miso
  • 1 tablespoon shoyu
  • 1 tablespoon unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely diced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated peeled ginger
miso vinaigrette ingredients

Substitutions:

  • Olive oil or any other mild flavor oil
  • Fresh lemon juice is the best. If you can’t find fresh lemon juice you can always use bottled lemon juice. You can also use lime.
  • White miso
  • For the gluten free folks: swap out shoyu for tamari and use white miso.
  • For the vegans: swap out honey for another sweetener of your choice.

What is miso?

Miso is a Japanese seasoning made from fermented soybeans. There are a variety of colors and flavors. The colors vary depending on the fermentation time as well as the other added ingredients.

white miso paste

Types of miso:

  • Red miso is made by fermenting soybeans with barley or some other grain. The fermentation time is longer than white or yellow miso. This type of miso has a strong flavor. Be careful not to overwhelm milder dishes with this variety of miso.
  • White miso is made by fermenting soybeans and rice. It’s flavor is more mild than red miso and is slightly sweet.
  • Yellow miso is another mild variety of miso that is fermented with rice or barley. It is fermented slightly longer than white miso and can come in shades of yellow to light brown.
  • There are other types of miso defined by their flavor and/or region and you can read more about it here.

Where can I find miso?

Miso can be found in the Aisan aisle in most grocery stores.

What is a vinaigrette?

A vinaigrette is made by mixing oil with some type of acid. Flavor enhancers can be added to the mix as well.

salad dressed with miso vinaigrette

What goes well with a miso vinaigrette?

An obvious choice is adding this to a delicious salad. You can also use this as a marinade for meats, drizzle over roasted/broiled veggies, or toss with noodles.

My favorite salad to make with this includes:

  • Spring salad mix
  • Won ton chips
  • Honey roasted slivered almonds
  • Dried cranberries

How to store miso vinaigrette?

This is best stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. A mason jar works well.

Can you make this ahead?

Totally. It keeps well in the refrigerator.

miso vinaigrette in a mason jar

How long does miso vinaigrette last?

This will last one week in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Other miso recipes:

How to make a miso vinaigrette?

For the dressing: Add all the ingredients to a bowl and whisk until well combined.

Optionally: add all ingredients to a mason jar, cover with lid, and shake until well combined.

miso vinaigrette poured on a salad

Quick and Easy Miso Vinaigrette

Yield: 3/4 cup
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This umami packed miso vinaigrette makes an amazing salad dressing as well as a delicious marinade. A quick and easy recipe that will step up your salad game today.

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup avocado oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon red miso
  • 1 tablespoon shoyu
  • 1 tablespoon unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely diced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated peeled ginger

Instructions

  1. For the dressing: Add all the ingredients to a bowl and whisk until well combined.
  2. Optionally: add all ingredients to a mason jar, cover with lid, and shake until well combined.

Notes

*Great salad idea: spring salad mix, won ton chips, honey roasted almond slivers, and dried cranberries.

*Red miso can be substitued with white miso for a milder miso flavor.

*You can swap out the avocado oil for olive oil or any other mild flavor dressing.

*If you can't find fresh lemons, you can use lemon bottled lemon juice.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 75Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 80mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 0g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

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By on September 20th, 2020

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Aloha, my name is Relle and welcome to my little home on the internet where I like to share all my favorite Hawaiian recipes (and local ones too).

I am a wife, mom of two, and nurse practitioner here in the beautiful state of Hawai’i. I was born and raised in Hawai’i and I am of native Hawaiian descent. In my spare time I love to cook and bake and I have compiled many of my favorite recipes here for you to enjoy.

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