Best Asian Sesame Dressing (Whole30 Paleo)

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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.

More Recipes Like This:

Whole30 Ranch Dressing

Homemade Seasoning Blends

 

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asian sesame dressing in a jar

Best Asian Sesame Dressing

Best Asian Sesame Dressing (Whole30 Paleo) - the best tasting, from scratch Asian dressing you'll ever taste! Made with no added refined sugars and perfect for Whole30/Paleo plans.
5 from 6 votes
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: Asian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 145kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • 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.
Calories: 145kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 339mg | Potassium: 125mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 0.5% | Vitamin C: 0.5% | Calcium: 1.2% | Iron: 0.9%
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13 Comments

  • Reply
    Wendy
    January 30, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    I am always confused about sesame oil, especially in Asian recipes. Is it the toasted sesame oil or just plain sesame oil?
    I love your site and am so grateful that you are sharing so much with us! Thank you!

    • Reply
      Nikki
      January 30, 2018 at 3:29 pm

      Wendy – thank you so much, I’m glad to hear you are enjoying my site! I always use the plain sesame oil for this dressing. 🙂

      • Reply
        Cheri Monette
        October 13, 2018 at 7:58 am


        I prefer to use the roasted sesame oil I think it gives the dressing a better flavor

        • Reply
          Nikki
          October 13, 2018 at 3:14 pm

          Thanks, Cheri! Great tip!

  • Reply
    Jane
    March 7, 2018 at 7:54 pm


    OUTSTANDING! Thanks for this recipe! We LOVE it and now always make a double or triple batch. It’s fantastic with turkey lettuce cups as well as on a chopped Asian salad. I plan to try it on zucchini zoodles with grated carrots, green onion and bean sprouts next. An absolute fav!

    • Reply
      Nikki
      March 8, 2018 at 9:52 am

      Thank you! I’m so glad you are enjoying the recipe!

  • Reply
    Nancy
    May 6, 2018 at 1:42 pm


    I just made this dressing and loved it also. I substituted a spicy sesame oil for the sesame oil in the recipe and it gave the dressing a nice spicy kick.

    • Reply
      Nikki
      May 6, 2018 at 8:04 pm

      Thank you, Nancy!

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    Jane
    October 22, 2018 at 10:24 am


    Omg this is so delicious. So glad I made a double batch.

    • Reply
      Nikki
      October 22, 2018 at 11:32 am

      Hey Jane – thank you, and yes, double batch is a must! Glad you enjoyed the recipe!

  • Reply
    Elaine White
    January 9, 2019 at 5:04 pm


    so yummy!!! I love it.

  • Reply
    Denise
    January 30, 2019 at 4:31 pm


    So delicious! The search has ended for an Asian inspired dressing for my detox salad. Thank you.

    • Reply
      Nikki
      January 30, 2019 at 4:46 pm

      Yay! Thanks, Denise!!

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