Start with toasted sesame seeds, or quickly toast up some raw ones, to make this richly roasted sesame dressing that’s sweet, creamy, and oh-so easy!
But, before we get started, you just need to accept the following fact:
This sesame dressing will knock your socks off.
OK, now that that’s out of the way, take a look at the ridiculously easy ingredient list:
You can certainly buy toasted sesame seeds at the grocery store (and toasted sesame oil, in fact), but if a fresher feel is what you seek, read on for a quick rundown on how to toast raw sesame seeds. Because you’re a grown-ass adult, so why not?!
How to go from hopelessly pale (left) to splendidly sun-kissed (right)?
Slap a medium-large pan over medium heat and get it evenly hot. No awkward cold spots!
With a flourish, pour your seeds in to make a single layer, let ’em sizzle–er, heat up–before going in for an occasional stir, until everything’s nice and evenly golden brown. It should take 3-4 minutes on average, and BAM!: You’re most of the way towards a sensational sesame dressing!
Got extra sesame seeds in the pan? Let them cool before storing in an airtight container or a spice bottle, and pat yourself on the back. You can sleep well tonight, because the future looks bright now that you have a bottle of toasted sesame in the pantry, ready to go.
Ideas we think y’all roasted sesame dressing fans might like…
- How to toast sesame seeds
- Napa Cabbage Picnic Salad
- Shoko’s Sesame Chicken Salad
- Crunchy Chinese Chicken Salad
- Crispy Tofu Buddha Bowl with Tangy Ponzu Sauce
- Horizontal Wedge Salad with Miso-Sesame Vinaigrette
Basically, anything you’re tempted to throw some Kewpie or Kraft sesame dressing on is fair game.
If you’re a fan of this easy, healthier homemade version, leave your thoughts in the comments!
Roasted Sesame Dressing
- ½ cup sesame seeds
- ¼ cup neutral oil or Japanese mayonnaise
- ¼ cup low sodium soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup water
- Heat a dry 10-inch skillet over medium heat. Pour sesame seeds in an even layer (about 2 tablespoons). Toast until evenly golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and toast remaining seeds, if working in batches.
- Place all the toasted sesame seeds in food processor; blitz for a few seconds. Add remaining ingredients and process until smooth. Add additional water, if needed.