Japanese Salad Dressing

There is a sushi restaurant I frequent that serves a creamy white salad dressing with their salads that I just love.  It’s sweet, savory, and slightly tangy, and has a definite sesame flavor that makes this dressing stand out.

This is my version of that dressing.  It’s quick and easy to prepare; you can mix some up in just a few short minutes.  My recipe below makes enough dressing for several servings.  Keep it refrigerated and it can last for about a week.  In addition to tossing salad greens with this dressing, it’s perfect for a Japanese-style cole slaw; just drizzle it over finely shredded cabbage leaves and carrots and you’ll have a delicious and uniquely tasting cole slaw.

I use Kewpie mayonnaise instead of regular mayonnaise because it’s a little sweeter and richer.  You can find kewpie mayo at most Japanese or Asian markets.  However, be forewarned — kewpie mayo contains monosodium glutamate.  If you’re allergic to MSG, use regular mayo when you make this.

If you can interchange the types of mayo, why use kewpie, you may be wondering?  Well,  kewpie is creamier and slightly yellower than mayo brands like Best Foods or Hellman’s. That’s because kewpie mayo is made using only egg yolks — Hellman’s or Best Foods uses whole eggs.  Kewpie is also made with different types of vinegar, whereas the other regular mayo brands use lemon juice.

Give my recipe a try.  I think you’ll like it. 🙂

Japanese Salad Dressing



  • 1 cup kewpie mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon mirin seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • Pinch of black pepper

Optional Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon grated onion
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger root


Mix all of the ingredients together until creamy.  Serve over salad greens or shredded cabbage.  Refrigerate any unused dressing.


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  1. Theo Mendoza says:

    Years later I am still visiting this recipe before I make it. By far my favorite salad dressing!

  2. Sherie Coale says:

    Yakatori’s was the best back in the late 70’s early 80’s. I too have searched for the recipe for the dressing on the slaw that was served. The restaurant was one of the first places my husband and I went to when we arrived on the island. One of many fond memories of Guam.

  3. Michelle Cepeda says:

    Hi Annie! You wouldn’t happen to have the recipe for Sakura Noodle House dressing?

  4. Delgadina says:

    Annie, I know what you mean about this dressing. I love it. There is a Japanese restaurant that I go to on in a while. They have this dressing and I would buy a large container for the house. The large container used for their take out soup. I will be trying this. Thank you.

  5. Ashley says:

    How long do you think this is good for in the fridge?

  6. Bianca says:

    Hi, I see you’re from Guam! I have family there, I even lived there for a year. Just wondering, have you tried making the salad dressing from Aji Ichiban? I miss that salad so bad… can’t find it here in CA 🙁

    • Hi Bianca. I have a few recipes for Japanese salad dressing. Maybe they are like the one you remember? If not, can you describe the dressing? I might be able to replicate it if I know what ingredients might be in it.

  7. Elsa Wong says:

    I can’t wait to try this thank you Annie!

  8. Trish says:

    I’m looking for a recipe for the garlic dressing they used serve at the Yakitori restaurant . Can anyone help me???

  9. Cathy says:

    Mirin seasoning..at asian stores?

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