Asian Salad Dressing

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This Asian salad dressing recipe is absolutely amazing! It has a beautiful flavor profile that’s perfectly balanced between sweet and savory. This authentic Chinese chicken salad dressing is also a deeply-satisfying Asian marinade for beef, chicken, fish and tofu!

Asian Salad Dressing


Here in California there’s a restaurant that produces the most memorable Chinese chicken salads you’ve ever tasted. It’s actually the Asian sesame dressing that makes diners’ taste buds tingle! Today I’m sharing this authentic recipe for Asian dressing! It’s one you’ll make again and again, and treasure for years to come.

Asian chicken marinade


These are the ingredients for this delicious Asian salad dressing recipe:

  • Fresh ginger
  • Garlic cloves
  • Black pepper
  • Rice vinegar
  • Dark sesame oil
  • Molasses
  • Organic honey
  • Water
  • Soy sauce
  • Crushed red pepper flakes
  • Sesame seeds
  • Smooth peanut butter (optional)

Asian Dressing


Here’s how to make this flavorful recipe, step by step:

  • STEP 1: Add all ingredients to a small mixing bowl.
  • STEP 2: Whisk until the mixture is completely combined.
  • STEP 3: Transfer Asian sesame dressing to a carafe.
  • STEP 4: Allow mixture to sit for about 10 minutes so the flavors have a chance to dance and mingle. Don’t skip this step!
  • STEP 5: Your Chinese salad dressing is ready to enjoy!

Asian sesame dressing


For marinating chicken, add poultry and Asian dressing to a zip-top bag. Gently massage the bag to evenly distribute the mixture. Marinate chicken for 20 minutes before grilling. For additional Asian-infused flavor, after marinating the chicken and before placing it on the grill, add a little sprig of rosemary to the top of each piece. Make this Asian chicken marinade your go-to recipe for delicious mid-week meals!


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Asian Salad Dressing

Asian Salad Dressing and Chicken Marinade

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This Asian salad dressing recipe has a beautiful flavor profile that is so darn scrumptious! Perfect for drizzling over healthy Chinese chicken salads, it also doubles as a fabulous chicken marinade. Get ready to enjoy this authentic recipe for Asian dressing!


  • 1 + 1/4 teaspoons fresh ginger, peeled and finely minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely minced
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/2 cup dark sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 + 1/2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 2 tablespoons + 1/2 teaspoon organic honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red chili flakes
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 1/2 tablespoon creamy peanut butter* (PB ALLERGY ALERT)


  1. Add all ingredients to a small mixing bowl.
  2. Whisk everything together until all of the ingredients are fully incorporated.
  3. Transfer the Asian dressing to a carafe and allow the mixture to sit for 10 minutes to give the flavors an ample opportunity to combine.
  4. Serve with Chinese chicken salad or use as a flavorful chicken marinade.


*EXPERT TIP: Whenever you’re making this Asian salad dressing recipe for a potluck, gathering or other social event where you’re not certain if there may be someone present who has a peanut allergy, absolutely omit the peanut butter. Otherwise, if you’re making this recipe for your family and/or friends who are not allergic to nuts, the peanut butter raises the flavor profile and takes things to the next level.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Category: Lunch, Dinner, Potluck, Party
  • Method: By hand
  • Cuisine: Asian, Chinese

Keywords: Asian dressing, salad dressing, chicken marinade

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Asian Salad Dressing

NOTE: This popular Asian Dressing recipe was originally published on July 31, 2018. Format changes were made so the blog post is more user-friendly and easier to read. The recipe itself remains the same!


Generously drizzle Asian salad dressing over this beautiful, healthy Chinese chicken salad. Say goodbye to expensive take-out salads from your local Chinese restaurant. You now have all the secrets you need to make this easy delicious meal at home!

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  1. Having lived in HAWAII for 50 years and enjoying great Chinese food, homemade and super Chinese restaurants I was expecting something different , this was good as a salad dressing, did not try it as a Mariana de. I will try some other sources.

  2. I loved this dressing. Personally would have liked it a little thicker as it was the consistency of the vinegar. The ginger was also an interesting touch that I didn’t hate or love as a big ginger fan. Sesame seeds was a great touch. I used toasted white, my aunt recommended black next time

  3. I loved this dressing. Personally would have liked it a little thicker as it was the consistency of the vinegar. The ginger was also an interesting touch that I didn’t hate or love as a big ginger fan. Sesame seeds was a great touch. I used toasted white, my aunt recommended black next time

    1. Hello Deb. Ground ginger is intended for baking. It has a very different taste than fresh ginger. Most especially for Asian recipes, these two ingredients are best not interchanged. I recommend waiting to make this recipe until you have a chance to pick up some fresh ginger root at the market.

    1. Good morning Sandi! I’m so glad to hear you loved this Asian Salad Dressing recipe. Paired with Chinese chicken salad it’s so scrumptious. It’s one of my go-to recipes for picnics, potlucks and family gatherings. Thank you for coming back and leaving a comment. I really appreciate it! Many wishes for a wonderful week!

    1. Hello Penny. This Asian dressing will not taste the same without the molasses! If at all possible, head to the market to pick up a small bottle of it. Your taste buds will thank you later!

  4. I’m eager to try this recipe but I’m unfamiliar with molasses. When I went to add molasses to my online cart there were oodles to choose from. Which would work best for this recipe: full flavor molasses, mild flavored, unsulphured, or blackstrap? I never knew there were so many choices. Help!

    1. Hello Nikki. Public health standards require the refrigeration of salad dressing. When sugar is added to a liquid it can cause a bacteria feeding frenzy. In this case, the sugar is in the form of molasses. I hope you’re loving this Asian salad dressing recipe! Have a wonderful week. :-)

  5. Will this dressing be ok without the molasses? I don’t use this ingredient and would hate to buy a bottle and then it just be wasted

    1. Hello Bee. I haven’t tried leaving the molasses out of this Asian dressing recipe. However, if I didn’t have molasses on hand I would try substituting with one of these three ingredients: honey, corn syrup, or brown sugar.

      1. I know the flavor profile is different, but maybe substitute hoisin sauce with brown sugar added might work in place of molasses. Any thoughts?

        1. Hello Bee. I was just out at Target today here in California, and a bottle of molasses is just $3.39. I highly recommend picking up a bottle of molasses as this really makes all the difference! And then you’ll have it on hand when making additional batches of this dressing during the upcoming spring and summer seasons. :-)

          1. Wow, this dressing is delicious!!! So glad I bought the molasses and made recipe exactly as written. Question, how long does this last in refrigerator? I made a batch 2 weeks ago& tried to use it last night & the oil would not blend well together when shaken. Could it have been that it was cold?

          2. Hello Bee! I’m so glad you bought the molasses and enjoyed this flavorful Asian dressing! Any dressing containing garlic has a shorter lifespan, even in the refrigerator. Personally, I wouldn’t save it past 7 days. I usually make my dressing just before serving, and then we use it all up at that time. But after refrigeration, bringing the dressing back to room temp will help it blend together beautifully.

  6. Looks good! Do you use a natural peanut butter or one with added sugar? I’d prefer natural but have both if one works better.

    1. Hello Tracy! I actually use Skippy Creamy Peanut Butter when making this Asian salad dressing recipe, because that’s the product I usually have on hand. Since you have both types of PB on hand, you may want to pull out two little dessert spoons or tasting spoons. Put a little PB on each spoon, then add a few drops of the Asian dressing to each. After a taste test you’ll be able to select the one that you prefer!

  7. Just saw this recipe and am really interested in trying it. In the list of the ingredients molasses is included but when you read farther down to the actual recipe, molasses is not listed. I guess I’m just looking for the amount of molasses that needs to be included. Thanks,

    1. Good morning Sue! Thank you so much for spotting that missing measurement. It’s 1 tablespoon molasses. This Asian dressing is really good. I hope you enjoy it as much as my family does. :-)

    1. Marybeth, you just made my day! Thanks so much for coming back to let me know how this yummy Asian Salad Dressing worked out for you. Have a great week!

  8. This dressing sounds so delicious, I like the idea it can double as a chicken marinade as well. I will definitely be trying, thanks for sharing!

    ~xo Sheree

  9. I could eat Asian dressing on just about anything. I love the flavor profile it adds to simple chicken dishes and it always tastes amazing in salads.

  10. I am a huge fan of asian salad, but never thought to use the dressing as a chicken marinade! Double duty for the win! I’m definitely adding this to my list to try!

  11. As the mom of a child with peanut allergies, I appreciate the warning about using peanut butter in recipes when attending a gathering. I’m looking forward to making it with soy butter as an alternative to peanut butter.

  12. This dressing has become my “new” favorite salad dressing. I absolutely love the flavors! Your recipe makes the perfect amount – thank you for a wonderful recipe.

  13. The ginger is what really makes this dressing for me. Delicious and very versatile. I’ve used a similar recipe as both chicken marinade, which you mentioned, as well as for fish dishes. Can’t wait to try this one out!

  14. I love anything with Asian influence, so this dressing sounds so delicious! It probably has a little bit of spice because of the pepper flakes! I’ve definitely have tried similar dressings before with the honey and soy sauce, but the addition of the spice element sounds so yummy. I’m going to have to try it out myself! Great post xx


  15. This recipe sounds delicious and super easy to do! Might just try it over the weekend:) Thanks for sharing Denay!

  16. I love salad dressings. They give a twist of flavor to the veggies. Thanks for this wonderful recipe. Now, we can try a new dressing additional to the classic hundred island and honey-mustard dressings we get used to.