This Asian-inspired dressing has a robust flavor from the roasted sesames and the sesame oil. Use as a dressing on your favorite salad, a marinade for chicken or even a dip for your favorite veggies!
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I love making salads at home and experimenting with different dressings. I feel a good dressing is what really makes a salad. Of course most salad dressings depend on lots of mayonnaise so this is another reason why I opt for my own lighter version using Greek yogurt.
How to roast sesame seeds in the oven
Roasting sesame seeds really brings out the flavor and makes this the star ingredient to the recipe. I like to roast my sesame seeds in an oven at 350 degrees. Start by spreading the sesame seeds on a baking tray and pop them in the preheated oven. Stir a few times during the roasting process. You are looking for the seeds to go from a white color to a light brown, watching closely to make sure they do not burn. The sesame seeds should be finished after 6-8 minutes of roasting in the oven.
How to make sesame seed dressing
Making roasted sesame dressing is so easy! You only need a blender and a few ingredients.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Greek yogurt
- olive oil
- rice wine vinegar
- almond butter
- soy sauce
- sesame oil
- roasted white sesame seeds
While you are roasting the sesame seeds, add the other ingredients into a blender and pulse a few times to thoroughly combine all ingredients. Then add the sesame seeds and pulse just a few additional times. This will break up a few seeds to release their flavor while leaving a few whole. This gives the dressing a very authentic look!
I know sometimes we like to substitute certain ingredients because we do not have them or we don’t want to spend the money for just 1 teaspoon of a certain ingredient, so let me stress that sesame oil is a must!! This is what gives the dressing such a unique roasted sesame flavor.
You may even decide to use a little more. It’s very strong so a little goes a long way! I promise it’s worth every penny and you’ll use this in other marinades and stir fry's.
After pulsing the roasted sesame dressing is ready! You can either use it right away or store it in the refrigerator in a sealed jar.
What is sesame dressing used for?
I love my roasted sesame dressing and marinade because it is so versatile. My husband and I like it in a simple salad with cucumbers. It’s also great as a dip for vegetables. We use it as a marinade for chicken too!
How long does homemade dressings last?
Because homemade dressings do not have preservatives they will not last as long as store bought. I would use the sesame dressing within one week. Store your sesame dressing in an airtight container. You could recycle old dressing bottles or use mason jars. I like to give my dressing a quick shake before I use it if it’s been in the refrigerator for a few days.
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I know you are going to love this Roasted Sesame Dressing and Marinade! This dressing is a lighter version of sesame dressing but it still has a delicious flavor.
Roasted Sesame Dressing and Marinade
- ½ cup whole fat Greek yogurt
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon almond butter, or tahini
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1 ½ tablespoons white sesame seeds, roasted
- 2 tablespoons honey
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Measure sesame seeds onto baking dish and place into heated oven.
- Roast for 6-8 minutes stirring every few minutes. Watch closely to not burn. They should go from white to a brown color.
- While sesame seeds are roasting measure other ingredients into blender cup.
- Mix ingredients with blender for several seconds to thoroughly blend together.
- When sesame seeds are finished roasting and have cooled add sesame seeds to blender with other ingredients. Pulse a few times to slightly break up seeds. A few whole ones will give
- Dressing is ready for use now or can be refrigerated for a few days. It will be thicker once refrigerated. Store in air tight container.