Sesame Salad Dressing

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 5 min.


1 cup

Updated: Oct. 31, 2023
This fresh sesame dressing is a super-easy mixture. It's light but has plenty of personality. —Jean Ecos, Hartland, Wisconsin
Sesame Salad Dressing Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 6 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons sugar


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients. Cover and store in the refrigerator.

Sesame Dressing Tips

Can you use regular sesame oil instead of toasted sesame oil for this recipe?

If you don’t have any toasted sesame oil on hand, you can substitute regular sesame oil, but the flavor will be slightly different. Toasted sesame oil contains another layer of flavor and is usually used in dressings and finishings, while regular sesame oil is a starter for recipes—usually cooked recipes. If you cook toasted sesame oil, it will start to taste bitter or burnt. If you love sesame oil as much as our Test Kitchen, be sure to check out these other sesame recipes.

Can you use other types of vinegar to make sesame dressing?

To change up this salad dressing recipe consider replacing the rice vinegar with another mild vinegar like white wine or champagne. You can also substitute the sugar for honey or your favorite alternative sweetener. If you’re unsure which to use, check out our guide to cooking with vinegars.

How long does sesame dressing last?

We recommend mixing and storing this sesame dressing in a glass jar with a tightly fitted lid and refrigerating it for up to 2 weeks. If the dressing separates during storage, give the covered jar a gentle shake before using. Learn more about how to make and store vinaigrettes and dressings.

When should you use sesame dressing?

This sesame dressing is perfect over a homemade salad with mandarin oranges, sliced almonds and chow mein noodles. It’s also a great marinade for tofu or tossed with steamed vegetables like broccoli.

Maggie Knoebel, Taste of Home Associate Recipe Editor/Tester

Nutrition Facts

2 tablespoons: 123 calories, 10g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 580mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.