Japanese Carrot-Ginger Dressing: A Healthy Twist on an Old Favorite

Almost everyone I know just loves that delicious carrot-ginger dressing they serve up in nearly all Japanese restaurants around the world. Made with sweet carrots and spicy ginger, that dressing can make a salad lover out of the most ardent beef eaters and today I have a super healthy version of that dressing that you can whip up quickly and keep on hand for a week’s worth of delicious salads in your home!

In addition to the usual ingredients of tamari, sesame oil, carrots and ginger, this version has two added ingredients for greater nutritional heft. Instead of using olive oil, I made this dressing with Flax Seed Oil which is terrific for anyone looking to prevent breast cancer, manage mood, and balance hormonal fluctuations. Additionally, I used miso paste rather than salt for it’s fermented properties and the beneficial impact it has on the gastrointestinal tract. Healthy and totally yummy, this dressing can be kept in a sealed jar for as long as a week in the refrigerator.

Having a salad a day can go a long way towards improving the quality of your health. The problem with salads though is that many people smother their greens with high fat, high salt and low nutrition dressings. With this dressing you know you are getting quality ingredients that will optimize your health and make your salad burst with flavor!

Give it a try and let me know what you think, as I love to hear your feedback~

Have a wonderful Monday and a great week!

Carrot-Ginger Dressing


  • 3 Medium carrots, chopped
  • 1/4 Cup peeled, chopped fresh ginger
  • 1/4 Cup chopped shallots
  • 1/4 Cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon gluten-free Tamari
  • 1 Tablespoon Asian Sesame Oil
  • 1-2 Tablespoons white miso paste
  • 1/2 Cup flax seed oil
  • 1/4 Cup water


Blend all the ingredients together in a high-speed blender, until well blended—but chunky. Thin with extra water if necessary. Adjust flavors if necessary. Enjoy with Salad!

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10 comments on “Japanese Carrot-Ginger Dressing: A Healthy Twist on an Old Favorite

  1. AvatarKathryn Wagner

    Made this tonight and it was a hit. My husband deemed it “restaurant worthy.” All the better with fresh, So-Cal grown carrots.

  2. AvatarKristina

    Hi Barbara,
    I follow your blog, very interesting ! Great work.
    I’m going to visit New York for more than a week.. and I would thank if you can recommend me some places to eat there.. I’m from Europe and I don’t want to eat fast food all days, Looking for Mediterranean diet đŸ™‚
    Thank you!

    1. AvatarBarbara M Mendez

      Hi Kristina~

      Check out the following places: PERA (Turkish), Kellari (Greek), Free Foods NYC (Great, organic take out), Pure Food and Wine (High end raw food) and Candle Cafe OR Candle 79 (vegetarian). All good restaurants~
      Have a great time!

  3. AvatarJorge and Iraida Mendez

    We are looking forward trying your new recipe, it counds terrific. Always enjoy your videos enormously. By the way, you look GREAT!

    The Units


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