Recipe: Orange Miso Sesame Salad Dressing

I’ve been eating this dressing on repeat all week, ever since I picked up my last CSA box full of beautiful fresh salad greens and oranges straight from the tree.  This dressing is perfectly fruity and light, with a little hint of nuttiness from the sesame dressing and umami from the miso.  It’s a little more extra work than my usual olive oil and balsamic vinegar, but still comes together easily in under 5 minutes.  This dressing is the perfect celebration of all of the beautiful winter produce in season now, and I can’t wait to make it again for my work from home lunch salad today.

This dressing pairs well with most salads, I’ve been eating mine with the greens and watermelon radishes that came in my box.  This would be really great on a fresh spinach salad, and would work well with toppings ranging from nuts and seeds to dried cranberries and fruit.  If you don’t have any miso, swap with a little dash of soy sauce or liquid aminos for that umami punch.  I’ve also made a version of this with gojuchang swapped for the miso, which made for an awesome sweet and spicy salad dressing that I would recommend trying!

Recipe down below, photo up top!  This recipe makes enough for a good sized salad, and could be used for one big lunch or dinner salad, or a big salad to share as a side.  Feel free to scale up and refrigerate for a week’s worth of salads as a meal prep option as well!

Orange Miso Sesame Salad Dressing


  • Juice of 1 mandarin orange
    • Sub with juice of ½ of an orange, or ¼ cup orange juice
  • ½ tsp miso paste
  • 2 tsp sesame oil


  1. Juice the orange into a container with a sealable lid.  Add miso and sesame oil to the orange juice.
  2. Seal the container with the lid and shake vigorously until dressing is fully combined.
  3. Pour dressing over prepared salad and toppings.  Enjoy!


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