Fresh Ginger Dressing

by jenna on June 21, 2012

You know what I am a huge fan of? Other than cat paws, black licorice and buttered popcorn jelly beans?

That ginger dressing at Thai restaurants. You know the one! Most often it’s the house dressing and is slightly sweet and also kinda spicy at the same time? Yeahhhhh that one. I am absolutely addicted to it.

Lately, I’ve been inspired to start making my own salad dressings, and this fresh ginger one has been my favorite so far.

It’s a snap to make, extremely tasty on raw kale and has the perfect amount of sweetness reminiscent to the version at my favorite Thai place.

Trust me guys, this will be your new summer salad dressing, perfect on everything from kale to thick slices of juicy tomato. A caprese salad with ginger dressing instead of balsamic vinegar? Well yes! I think I will.

Grab the recipe over at The Tasty Kitchen Blog!

Thank you to A Farmgirl’s Dabbles for providing the original recipe for this yummy dressing! Brenda, can I come over for dinner soon? All your recipes sound divine!

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Kristen @ notsodomesticated June 21, 2012 at 3:45 am

Homemade dressings are so much better than the stuff in a bottle!! Love this! :)

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Cait's Plate June 21, 2012 at 6:33 am

Agreed – I was going to say the same thing! I don’t know why I don’t remember this more often!

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat June 21, 2012 at 4:46 am

I used to be so SO addicted to store-bought Italian dressing, but haven’t bought a bottle in months. Ever since I started making my own, store-bought doesn’t even compare! I absolutely love ginger dressing in Thai restaurants. Consider this one bookmarked for the weekend!

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Ali @ Gimme Some Oven June 21, 2012 at 5:36 am

Oooh – I love ginger anything!!! (And of course, all the better when homemade!) This sounds so delicious. :)

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Ali O June 21, 2012 at 5:55 am

This Post!!! Couldn’t have come at a more prefect time. I am fixing to make a raw kale salad with the baby dinosaur kale I picked up at the farmer’s market…..along side your classic margarita pizza with mushrooms & goat cheese (also from the farmer’s market). I convinced the hubby to have one completely meat free dinner a week, he kindly agreed. So it’s my mission now to have the most amazing meatless meals….that he can’t help but want more! Next week – your boyfriend approved black bean burgers!

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Lily O' Dare @ Candied-Life June 21, 2012 at 6:09 am

love ginger dressing, the best i’ve had is at this little japanese place called toni’s on miami beach. it’s absolutely addictive and you can order entree sized house salads which i pretty much always end up doing. delicious!! till to this day nothing compares! i will have to try this.

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Katie June 21, 2012 at 6:27 am

Yes!! That is probably my favorite part of eating at Thai restaurants. I can’t even wait!

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Margarita June 21, 2012 at 7:25 am

ginger dressing sounds great… fresh is even better than great! thanks for sharing the spoon peeling trick! i will have to try that. i peel ginger with a peeler and it cuts of nice chunks of ginger that could still be saved!

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Bev @ Bev Cooks June 21, 2012 at 7:37 am

Sluuuuuuuurp.

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elizabeth @ chronic venture June 21, 2012 at 8:00 am

yummm love!

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Liz @ Tip Top Shape June 21, 2012 at 8:39 am

I love making homemade dressings. So much cheaper and more tasty, too!

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Moni Meals June 21, 2012 at 8:41 am

So fresh, healthy, and will compliment any dish that I can think of right now!
Thanks so much Jenna! :-). I got dinner on the mind already with this dressing.

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Jacqueline June 21, 2012 at 8:57 am

This recipe is perfect! My friend always gives me her appetizer salad at our favorite Thai place and it’s the best part of my meal.

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Maria June 21, 2012 at 9:01 am

I love ginger! Gotta try this one!

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Heather June 21, 2012 at 9:09 am

I know the dressing you speak of, Jenna and I love it too! Thanks for the recipe. I love making my own salad dressings – and I’m going to try this one soon. Where do you get your mason jars???? I am always searching for some!

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Averie @ Averie Cooks June 21, 2012 at 9:42 am

I love to make my own salad dressings and they almost always involve ground ginger (I don’t tend to keep fresh around and grating it well…I use ground) but this looks delish!

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Rebecca June 21, 2012 at 10:25 am

Oh my goodness, I just had a mango salad for lunch from a thai place with that exact dressing and was wondering if I could find a way to make it!! Then I come to your blog and there it is.. too funny! Needless to say I will definitely be trying this recipe ASAP! Thanks Jenna :)

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Angela @ Happy Fit Mama June 21, 2012 at 10:48 am

I have not bought any dressing from a store in a very long time. It just doesn’t compare (like most things) to homemade.

I love ginger so this sounds perfect for a light dressing for summer salads.

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Tamar June 21, 2012 at 11:08 am

This looks really good! It doesn’t really seem like the house dressings I’ve had before, though I guess they’re probably all different. I’ve made one with minced onion and ketchup added to the rest of the same or similar ingredients…that’s how it gets so thick and pink…But I’ll give this one a try too!

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Gina @ Running to the Kitchen June 21, 2012 at 4:15 pm

I am OBSESSED with that dressing. Heading over to check out that recipe asap!

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Scargosun June 21, 2012 at 4:29 pm

Def going to get! I have been making my own dressing now too and don’t think I’ll ever go back to bottled. Give me a wide mouth Mason jar and my immersion blender and I am set! There is one I make from a book I read (mystery series with the main character as a caterer in CO!) called Love Potion salad dressing. YUM!

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Virginia June 21, 2012 at 6:44 pm

This is the first time I’ve not only ‘pinned’ but actually MADE one of your recipes, and helloooooo!!! This dressing is amazing and soooo simple! Next time I might tone down the honey and turn up the ginger a bit for more of a kick, but this is really fantastic, thanks!!

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Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles June 21, 2012 at 8:21 pm

Of course, Jenna, my door is always open! Thank you so much for highlighting this favorite family recipe. I can’t make it or eat it without being flooded with memories of my grandma. And I like that this dressing has gotten our 2 girls out of their ranch-dressing-only rut…they love it!

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Carissa @ ChoiceSustenance June 22, 2012 at 7:40 am

This looks so good! I love that dressing at Thai places.

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