People ask me all the time "how do you use your miso?" So I thought I'd start by posting the easiest recipe I know, this Zippy Ginger Miso Dressing.

How do you make this dressing?

How easy is it? This recipe only takes 5 minutes and you don't need a blender. Just stir all the ingredients together in a bowl with a whisk or fork and you're good to go! If you prefer a perfectly smooth dressing, you can absolutely blend it. 

a jar of red lentil miso next to a bowl with ginger miso dressing ingredients.

Which miso is best in this recipe?

For this dressing, a light miso is best. So I recommend using a young miso like our chickpea, red lentil, or split pea. A young miso will generally be light in color like the one pictured above. You can also find these in your local market. It might be called white or mellow miso.

Is this dressing healthy?

This ginger miso dressing is also perfect if you're trying to get away from heavy dressings with loads of added oils. The only added fat here is tahini which is just ground up sesame seeds. Oh, and it's gluten-free too as long as you use a gluten-free option like tamari or liquid aminos.

How do you use this dressing?

My favorite way to use this Zippy Ginger Miso Dressing is on a salad. That's what I've done in the photo at the top. And I made it a full meal by adding pan-fried, diced tempeh on top. It would also be amazing on a grain or buddha bowl which I do sometimes. While it's not exactly an Asian recipe, the ginger does make it feel that way. Let that help guide you on how to use it. And the lightness is just wonderful during warmer weather.

a salad with tempeh and zippy ginger miso dressing on top.

Zippy Ginger Miso Dressing

Yield: enough for 4 side salads or 2 meal salads
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Miso isn't just for soup! This zippy oil-free, vegan dressing will perk up a salad or buddha bowl without weighing you down.


  • 2 Tbsp young light miso like our chickpea, red lentil, or split pea misos
  • 4 Tbsp water
  • 1 tsp tahini
  • 2 tsp tamari, soy sauce, or liquid aminos
  • 2 tsp Apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp maple syrup or agave nectar
  • 2-3 tsp fresh grated ginger


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the miso, water, and tahini until smooth. Add remaining ingredients and stir to combine.
  2. Use immediately or refrigerate for up to 3 days.

{"email":"Email address invalid","url":"Website address invalid","required":"Required field missing"}

If you enjoyed this, check out these posts: