If you are putting together an Asian-inspired meal, you may want to know how to make a miso dressing for your salad. Miso is a thick paste that is made from fermented soybeans and barley or rice malt, and is a staple in Japanese cooking. Miso is also very good for your body. It contains zinc, manganese, copper and vitamin B12. A miso salad dressing can obviously be used on salads. You can also try it drizzled on vegetables. If you use a little less water and make it thicker, the recipe can be used as a dip for raw vegetables, crackers, pita chips or whatever else you like. Miso dressing is easy to make and can be made days ahead of time. Store the miso dressing in an air-tight container in the refrigerator until ready to use.
To make miso dressing, you will need:
- 1 cup mellow white miso paste
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 1/4 cup chopped onion
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- Garlic (optional, add to suit your taste)
- Ginger (optional, add to suit your taste)
- Using a blender, blend the miso paste, water, vegetable oil, onion, honey and white vinegar until smooth. If desired, add garlic and ginger and blend again. You can also add toasted sesame seeds, if you like. If you prefer a strong citrus taste, you can use orange juice in place of water.
- Transfer the mixture to an airtight container.
- Refrigerate the dressing until ready to use. This miso dressing recipe makes approximately 28 servings.