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Home Made White Miso Dressing

Get creative with your salad dressing and try this vibrant White Miso dressing; it is both a versatile and flavorful addition to your culinary repertoire. This delightful dressing combines the gentle umami notes of white miso paste with the sweetness of honey, the zing of lemon juice, and a touch of sesame and ginger to create a harmonious medley of flavours. It’s a dressing that effortlessly elevates your salads, drizzles over roasted vegetables, or serves as a dipping sauce for sushi and more.

You can whip up this dressing in minutes with just a few simple ingredients—white miso paste, honey, olive oil, lemon juice, grated ginger, sesame oil, rice vinegar, salt, and pepper. Whether you’re preparing a vibrant salad, marinating meats, or enhancing the flavours of your favourite dishes, this White Miso Dressing will become a cherished staple in your kitchen.

Basic Ingredients for White Miso Dressing

Miso Dressing:

White Miso Paste: The star of this dressing, white miso paste, is a fermented soybean paste known for its umami-rich flavour. It adds depth and complexity to the dressing, making it savoury and unique.

Honey: Honey provides a natural sweetness that balances the savoury miso paste and adds a delightful hint of floral flavour. It’s a crucial element for achieving the perfect sweet-savory balance.

Olive Oil: Olive oil serves as the base and adds a luscious, smooth texture to the dressing. It also brings a mild, fruity note that complements the other ingredients.

Lemon Juice: Fresh lemon juice introduces a zesty and tangy component, brightening the dressing and enhancing its overall flavour profile. It also adds a refreshing touch.

Grated Ginger: Ginger offers subtle spiciness and warmth, elevating the dressing’s complexity. Its aromatic quality complements the miso and balances the sweetness.

Sesame Oil: Just a touch of sesame oil imparts a distinctive nuttiness and depth to the dressing. It enhances the umami character and provides a rich, toasted flavour.

Rice Vinegar: Rice vinegar contributes a gentle acidity that helps balance the sweetness of honey and complements the other flavours. It adds a mild, slightly sweet note.

Salt and Pepper: These seasonings are used to taste, enhancing the overall flavour and ensuring the dressing is well-balanced.

alternative ingredients

Maple Syrup: If you prefer an alternative to honey, maple syrup can replace it with a unique sweetness and depth.

Soy Sauce: For a deeper umami flavour, you can add a dash of soy sauce in place of or alongside miso paste.

Rice Bran Oil: While olive oil is common, rice bran oil offers a neutral flavour and a lighter texture, allowing the other ingredients to shine.

Preparation Tips for White Miso Dressing

  • Whisk Thoroughly: Ensure that the miso paste is well incorporated into the dressing by whisking it thoroughly. This helps avoid any lumps and results in a smooth consistency.
  • Adjust Sweetness: Taste the dressing as you go and adjust the amount of honey or alternative sweetener to achieve your preferred level of sweetness.
  • Store Ginger Properly: Keep ginger in the freezer for easy grating. It grates more efficiently when frozen, and it lasts longer.

Serving Tips for White Miso Dressing

  • Salads: Drizzle this White Miso Dressing over your favourite salads for a burst of flavour. It pairs wonderfully with green salads, grain bowls, or noodle salads.
  • Marinade: Use it as a marinade for chicken, tofu, or seafood before grilling or roasting. It imparts a delightful, savoury-sweet glaze.
  • Dipping Sauce: Serve as a dipping sauce for sushi, spring rolls, or grilled vegetables. It adds a unique twist to your dipping experience.

storage tips

Refrigerate: Store any leftover dressing in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. Shake or whisk before using it again.

Separation: Over time, the ingredients may separate, so always give it a good mix before each use to ensure a consistent flavour.

White Miso Dressing

Servings: 1 cup
Prep Time: 5 minutes


  • 1 tbsp white miso paste
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • cup olive oil
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • ½ tsp ginger, grated
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • cup rice vinegar
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  • In a cup or jar, combine the white miso paste, honey, olive oil, lemon juice, grated ginger, sesame oil, and rice vinegar.
  • Whisk the ingredients together until they are thoroughly blended, creating a smooth and well-balanced dressing.
  • Season the dressing with salt and pepper to taste, adjusting as needed to achieve your preferred level of seasoning.
  • Your White Miso Dressing is now ready to enhance your favourite salads, and dishes or as a delicious dipping sauce. Enjoy!

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