Elevate your salad game with this simple Cucumber Roasted Sesame Dressing Salad. Experience a harmony of flavors in this easy and nutritious recipe, perfect for a light meal or as a refreshing side dish.
- Why you'll love this roasted sesame dressing salad recipe?
- Ingredients Used for this Cucumber Roasted Sesame Dressing Salad
- About the deep roasted sesame salad dressing?
- Steps by step instructions
- Other salad recipes you might enjoy
- Recipe tips
- Storage - How to Store the Cucumber Roasted Sesame Dressing Salad:
- Recipe variations
- Frequently asked questions
- Cucumber Roasted Sesame Dressing Salad
Drawing inspiration from Japanese cuisine, this Cucumber Roasted Sesame Dressing Salad combines the creamy, nutty flavors of this Sugar Free Salad Dressing made with tahini (ground sesame seeds), sesame oil and rice wine vinegar.
Why you'll love this roasted sesame dressing salad recipe?
- Bold Asian Flavors: This salad is a burst of Asian-inspired flavors, featuring the deep, toasted goodness of roasted sesame dressing. If you enjoy the rich and savory bold taste of Japanese-style dressing and sesame flavor, you're in for a treat.
- Easy to Make: With minimal prep time and only a handful of simple pantry staples, this recipe is a breeze to put together. No need for complex ingredients or elaborate preparation; you can whip this simple recipe up in minutes.
- Versatile: This salad isn't just a one-trick pony. It can be enjoyed as a refreshing side dish, a healthy veggie dip, or paired with various dishes like cold noodles, grilled chicken, or Asian slaw. Its versatility makes it a go-to option for different occasions.
- Homemade Goodness: By crafting your own dressing, like a copycat of the renowned Kewpie dressing, you gain the power to regulate both quality and flavor, providing a fantastic, additive-free alternative to store-bought versions and allowing you to savor the pure, wholesome essence of this salad.
- Customizable to Your Taste: This recipe is highly customizable, allowing you to adjust the ingredients and seasonings to suit your preferences. Whether you want to add more heat, a hint of sweetness, or extra crunch, you have the freedom to tailor it to your liking, making each bite uniquely yours.
Ingredients Used for this Cucumber Roasted Sesame Dressing Salad
Here are the ingredients used in the Cucumber Roasted Sesame Dressing Salad and why they were chosen for this recipe:
- Cucumbers: Cucumbers are the star of this salad, providing a refreshing and crisp texture that complements the creamy roasted sesame dressing. Their mild flavor acts as a canvas for the bold dressing.
- Toasted Sesame Dressing: The toasted sesame dressing is the heart of this recipe, delivering a deep, nutty, and savory flavor that defines the dish. It adds a creamy richness and a touch of Asian flair.
- Apple Cider Vinegar: Apple cider vinegar contributes a hint of tangy acidity, balancing the richness of the dressing and cucumbers and enhancing the overall flavor profile.
- Everything But the Bagel Seasoning: This seasoning blend offers a delightful mix of flavors, including sesame seeds, poppy seeds, garlic, onion, and salt, adding complexity and a satisfying crunch to the salad.
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About the deep roasted sesame salad dressing?
You can see the full recipe description and the instructions on this asian sesame dressing this Sugar Free Salad Dressing post made with simple ingredients.
However, all you need to do is combine the following ingredients in a mason jar and shake until smooth and creamy.
Ingredients for the salad dressing
- ¼ cup soy sauce or tamari - regular soy sauce may have gluten
- 2 tablespoons sesame oil
- 2 teaspoons rice wine vinegar
- ¼ cup tahini
- ¼ cup healthier mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon brown sweetener
This asian salad dressing also goes well on a green salad with sliced bell peppers. Enjoy the flavors of this Kewpie sesame dressing copycat.
Steps by step instructions
How to make this salad in two simple steps?
STEP 1: In a small mixing bowl combine the salad dressing noted above with the apple cider vinegar and everything but the bagel seasoning. Whisk until well combined.
STEP 2: Slice the cucumbers and transfer them to the mixing bowl. Toss to coat the cucumbers evenly. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
Here are two recipe tips to making the best roasted sesame dressing salad:
- Adjust Seasonings to Taste: Taste the salad after mixing in the dressing, apple cider vinegar, and everything but the bagel seasoning.
- If you prefer a stronger tanginess, add a bit more apple cider vinegar. For extra crunch and flavor, feel free to sprinkle additional everything but the bagel seasoning.
- Customizing the seasonings to your taste will make the salad perfectly suited to your preferences.
- Chill for Optimal Flavor: After tossing the salad ingredients together, let it chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving.
- Chilling allows the flavors to meld and intensify, resulting in a more delicious and well-balanced salad. It's worth the wait for that extra burst of flavor!
Storage - How to Store the Cucumber Roasted Sesame Dressing Salad:
You can store this salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Here are two options for storage, depending on your preference:
- With Dressing: If you've already mixed the salad with the dressing, it's best to consume it within the same day for optimal freshness and texture. The cucumbers may release some moisture over time, affecting the salad's crunchiness, but it's still safe to eat.
- Without Dressing: Alternatively, you can store the salad components separately. Keep the sliced cucumbers in one container and the dressing mixture (toasted sesame dressing, apple cider vinegar, and everything but the bagel seasoning) in another container. When you're ready to enjoy the salad again, simply toss the cucumbers with the dressing mixture to maintain their crispness.
Storing the salad without dressing allows you to enjoy it over multiple days while preserving the cucumbers' crunch. Be sure to keep both containers sealed tightly to prevent any loss of flavor or moisture.
Here are five delicious recipe variations that I think you might enjoy:
1. Creamy Sesame Asian Coleslaw:
- Ingredients: Red cabbage, green cabbage, creamy roasted sesame dressing, sweetener, apple cider vinegar, fresh herbs.
- Instructions: Use a food processor to shred the cabbage then mix the shredded red and green cabbage with a creamy sesame dressing made by combining creamy roasted sesame dressing, sweetener, and apple cider vinegar. Add fresh herbs for a burst of flavor.
2. Healthy Asian Pasta Salad:
- Ingredients: Cold low carb pasta, sesame salad dressing, soy sauce, fresh garlic, green onions, white sesame seeds.
- Instructions: Toss the cold pasta with sesame salad dressing, soy sauce, minced fresh garlic, chopped green onions, and toasted sesame seeds to create a savory Asian-inspired pasta salad.
3. Grilled Chicken with Maple Sesame Glaze:
- Ingredients: Grilled chicken breasts, lakanto maple flavored syrup, toasted sesame dressing, sesame seeds, olive oil (do not use canola oil ).
- Instructions: Grill chicken breasts until cooked through. In a saucepan, combine maple syrup, toasted sesame dressing, and a sprinkle of sesame seeds. Brush the glaze onto the grilled chicken for a delightful sweet and savory twist.
4. Shabu Shabu Dipping Sauce:
- Ingredients: Japanese sesame dressing, soy sauce, rice vinegar, a hint of sweetness (e.g., brown sugar or maple syrup), fine ground sesame powder.
- Instructions: Create a dipping sauce for shabu shabu or hot pot by mixing Japanese sesame dressing with soy sauce, rice vinegar, a touch of sweetness, and fine ground sesame powder. Adjust sweetness to taste.
5. Creamy Asian Slaw with Copycat Kewpie Sesame Mayo Dressing:
- Ingredients: Coleslaw mix, Kewpie mayo from the grocery store or use this healthier version sesame salad dressing recipe, Japanese mayonnaise or regular mayonnaise, a little sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, whole sesame seeds.
- Instructions: Combine coleslaw mix with a creamy dressing made by mixing the salad dressing with mayonnaise, a dash of sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, and toasted sesame seeds. Enjoy this creamy Asian slaw with tangy flavors as a side dish.
These variations showcase the versatility of sesame dressing and its ability to enhance a wide range of dishes, from coleslaw to pasta and grilled chicken. Feel free to adjust the ingredients to suit your taste preferences and explore new flavor combinations!
Frequently asked questions
Roasted sesame dressing, often known as "goma dressing" or "Japanese sesame dressing," distinguishes itself with its deep, toasted nutty flavor. It's made by roasting sesame seeds before blending them into the dressing, creating a richer and bolder taste. Regular sesame dressing, on the other hand, typically uses untoasted sesame seeds, resulting in a milder flavor.
The secret ingredient of Kewpie's creamy roasted sesame dressing, Asia's No. 1 brand known for its terrific dressing, is often xanthan gum. Xanthan gum is a food thickening agent that gives the dressing its creamy and stable texture without the need for egg yolk, making it suitable for those who prefer an eggless option. This ingredient helps create a luxurious, silky dressing that's perfect for salads and dipping sauces.
Yes, you can absolutely use regular cucumbers if you don't have mini cucumbers on hand. Simply peel and slice the regular cucumbers into rounds or sticks to match the size and shape you desire for the salad. While mini cucumbers are often preferred for their crisp texture and milder flavor, regular cucumbers can work well as a substitute, adding their unique crunch to the dish.
Cucumber Roasted Sesame Dressing Salad
- Cut the cucumbers into slices.2 mini cucumbers
- In a mixing bowl combine the remaining ingredients with a whisk.1 teaspoon toasted sesame dressing, ¼ teaspoon apple cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon everything but the bagel seasoning
- Toss the sliced cucumbers with the dressing until coated. Cover in plastic wrap and cool for 30 minutes before serving.
- Adjust Seasonings to Taste: Taste the salad after mixing in the dressing, apple cider vinegar, and everything but the bagel seasoning. If you prefer a stronger tanginess, add a bit more apple cider vinegar. For extra crunch and flavor, feel free to sprinkle additional everything but the bagel seasoning. Customizing the seasonings to your taste will make the salad perfectly suited to your preferences.
- Chill for Optimal Flavor: After tossing the salad ingredients together, let it chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving. Chilling allows the flavors to meld and intensify, resulting in a more delicious and well-balanced salad. It's worth the wait for that extra burst of flavor!
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