Best Asian Sesame Dressing (Whole30 Paleo)

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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. 

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 my most popular recipe, 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 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 called “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.  

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5 from 2 votes
asian sesame dressing in a jar
Best Asian Sesame Dressing
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins

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.

Course: Salad
Cuisine: Asian
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 145 kcal
  1. 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.

  2. Store in air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Nutrition Facts
Best Asian Sesame Dressing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 145 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 339mg 14%
Potassium 125mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 11g
Vitamin A 0.5%
Vitamin C 0.5%
Calcium 1.2%
Iron 0.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Reply
    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!

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      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. 🙂

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    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!

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      March 8, 2018 at 9:52 am

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

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    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
      May 6, 2018 at 8:04 pm

      Thank you, Nancy!

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