Sesame Dressing

Sesame Dressing

Sesame Dressing is my favorite dressing all time. It is mayo based dressing with toasted sesame seeds and other seasonings that is popular in Japan. Of course, it goes well with leafy salad, but Salad Dressing is also great as sauces for meat and stir-fried noodles or vegetables. I like to make this dressing in several batches and put it into little containers to last for a week.



Tips for Making Sesame Dressing

1. Use Japanese mayonnaise

Considering the taste of mayo is pretty dominant in this recipe, I recommend to use the mayonnaise brand you love the best. In my case, Kewpie mayonnaise is probably the only commercial mayo I ever buy. You probably have seen it at grocery stores with its signature tube bottle with red cap and distinctive baby for a logo. It also has been widely used as condiments in restaurants. It tastes more superior than regular mayo I have ever tasted, in term of the creaminess, sweetness, and tang.


2. Chunky vs creamy dressing

I made this dressing by blending the ingredients: Japanese mayo, toasted sesame seeds, soy sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar, mirin, and sugar into food processor. Then, I pulse the food processor until everything is well combined. Can you see the sesame seeds in the dressing? They add great crunch and nutty flavor to this simple dressing.

If you like smoother Sesame Dressing, you can grind the toasted sesame seeds first with sesame oil into food processor until creamy before adding the other ingredients.


3. Make it in several batches

I recommend to make Sesame Dressing in several batches because this dressing is so delicious that it takes no time to finish a recipe. This dressing can last for a week in refrigerator. I often make a double or triple batch so that I can eat my salad few times throughout a week.



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Sesame Dressing

Sesame Dressing is a quick and easy dressing with burst of toasted sesame flavor. It is nutty and creamy which is perfect for your salad or even meat.

Course Dressing, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Japanese
Keyword Dressing, Sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 cup


  • 1/3 cup white sesame seeds
  • 1/3 cup Japanese mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp mirin
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tsp sugar


  1. Toast sesame seeds on a frying pan with low heat for about 3 minutes or until lightly browned. Set aside and cool down before using.

Chunky Sesame Dressing

  1. Put all ingredients into food processor and pulse until everything is well blended.

Creamy Sesame Dressing

  1. Put toasted sesame seeds into food processor and process until a crumbly paste forms. Add sesame oil into the paste and process for 2-3 minutes until smooth and creamy.

  2. Add mayo, rice vinegar, soy sauce, mirin, and sugar into the mixture and process just until everything is incorporated.

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