Best Asian Sesame Dressing (Whole30 Paleo) – the best tasting, from scratch Asian Sesame Dressing you’ll ever taste! Made with no added refined sugars and perfect for Whole30/Paleo plans.
I originally created this dressing for my Asian Chicken Chopped Salad because I wanted to enjoy classic Asian flavors on a round of Whole30 (no dairy, soy, sugar, grains, etc.) That salad quickly became and remains one of my most popular recipes, and I think it’s mainly because of this dressing, earning it its very own post right here!
Almost daily, I get comments from readers about their mad love for this Asian Sesame Dressing. It truly is a double-batch-worthy kind of recipe. It’s soy, dairy, and refined sugar free and the flavor is outstanding.
As I transitioned my family to a clean, whole food diet over the past year, I had to completely give up on store bought salad dressings. Even the ones labeled “natural” and “made with olive oil” have tons of yucky additives, sugar, and msg. If you’re trying to limit sugar in your diet, good luck finding a bottled dressing in the grocery store that doesn’t list sugar in its top 5 ingredients (among many other unnatural and unpronounceable things.)
Fortunately, making homemade dressing (check out this Ranch dressing) is a breeze! For this recipe, I dump it all in my Magic Bullet (or other small food processor) and give it a whir. Once you start, I promise you won’t want to go back! The taste is like night and day.
This dressing is sweetened naturally with dates and includes coconut aminos as a replacement for soy sauce to keep it Whole30 compliant. Make a batch (or two) for the Asian Chicken Chopped Salad and keep some on hand for stir fry, salads, or even as a dipping sauce.
How to Make Asian Sesame Dressing
First, soak your dates. This step can be skipped if your dates are naturally large and soft (Medjool dates usually are.) But if they aren’t squishable between your fingers, soak the dates in some very hot water for a few minutes.
Next, add all your ingredients to a small food processor or blender. Blend away!
The dressing is ready when it’s smooth and there are no remaining chunks of dates.
Is Rice Vinegar Whole30 Compliant?
Yes, it is! The name may be misleading, but it is allowed on the plan. As with all ingredients, it’s best to check the label because there are a few versions out there that contain sugar, but the majority of brands are compliant.
Is Sesame Oil Whole30 Compliant & Can You Substitute Olive Oil for Sesame Oil?
Yep. It is listed as an approved oil in Whole30: The 30 Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom. The book does recommend that you use it sparingly in recipes like sauces and dressings. Fortunately, sesame oil is very strong and a little goes a long way! Definitely don’t skip the Sesame Oil in this Asian Dressing recipe – it adds great depth of flavor.
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Best Asian Sesame Dressing
- Soak dates in very hot water for 5 minutes. Remove and combine with all remaining ingredients in a blender or food processor. Process until dates are finely ground and dressing is a creamy texture.
- Store in air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
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