Japanese Steakhouse Ginger Dressing

My sister and mom had to make a quick trip back recently.  They spent one day with us and Sis was telling me about a new salad dressing she had recently made.   Her favorite cookbook is Joy of Cooking and she gave me a copy for Christmas many years ago.   As she described the ingredients, I decided I had to look up this recipe in my own Joy of Cooking.   It’s now bookmarked!

Japanese Steakhouse Ginger Dressing

Joy of Cooking


  • 1/2 c. coarsely chopped carrots
  • 1/4 c. coarsely chopped celery
  • 1/4 c. peanut oil
  • 1/2 c. seasoned rice wine vinegar
  • 2 T. chopped peeled fresh ginger
  • 2 T. honey
  • 1 T. soy sauce
  • 2 t. ketchup
  • 2 t. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1/2 t. fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 dashes sriracha


  • Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until thick and smooth.

Yield: 1 1/2 c.

The accompanying salad was made of spinach, shredded carrots, chopped celery, cucumbers, radishes and bean sprouts.  I had also intended to toss in some snow peas but I forgot.  🙁

This is a great salad and an even better dressing.   It is definitely a way to get your family to eat their vegetables!

I’m not one on the Shogun-esque restaurants, but this recipe makes me want to go and do a test taste.  🙂

I’m linking up with Deb’s Souper Sundays.

P.S. There’s also a great Spanish Rice recipe in Joy of Cooking that my sister’s also famous for.  I also just read that they were reissuing the cookbook.  It will be available as a ebook, too.

6 comments to Japanese Steakhouse Ginger Dressing

  • I can’t wait to try this because I am a huge fan of ginger! The salad looks healthy and very tasty, Deb.

  • That’s such a classic cookbook — and one I still use often. Haven’t made this recipe, though, and it looks wonderful — SO much flavor. Thanks!

  • That’s a good one! I love my old Joy of Cooking, the spine is starting to come apart but I have so many bookmarks that I hate to get a new one.

  • That salad and especially the dressing looks perfect–so vibrant. I do love a good ginger dressing.
    Thanks for sharing it with Souper Sundays this week. 😉

  • Mae

    Great idea! That ginger vinaigrette that’s served in many Japanese restaurants always intrigued me and I never got it right. Definitely never thought of looking in the Joy of Cooking! I have had the book for ages, and have had the app for quite a while too. I don’t know if that’s different from the ebook you mentioned. The recipes in the app are very similar to those in the book.

    best… mae at maefood.blogspot.com