This post may contain affiliate links. For more information, please see our affiliate policy.

This simple, delicious Asian Salad Dressing is made with just 6 pantry ingredients and ready in minutes. It also makes a great marinade or dipping sauce for appetizers!

A bowl of Asian Salad Dressing sitting in front of a bowl of Chinese Chicken Salad.

This Asian salad dressing is my condiment of choice for all Asian appetizers. Pot stickers, dumplings, lettuce wraps, homemade sushi, even crab rangoon: It’s absolutely delicious.

It’s also the star of my favorite Chinese Chicken Salad. Or, use it as a marinade for chicken, shrimp, or beef. The Hoisin sauce adds a lot of flavor here and can stand up to grilling or pan-frying. 6 ingredients, 2 minutes, tons of flavor.

Table of Contents
  1. Recipe ingredients
  2. Ingredient notes
  3. Instructions
  4. Recipe tips and variations
  5. Recipe FAQs
  6. Asian Salad Dressing Recipe

Recipe ingredients

Labeled ingredients for Asian salad dressing.

At a Glance: Here is a quick snapshot of what ingredients are in this recipe.
Please see the recipe card below for specific quantities.

Ingredient notes

  • Rice vinegar: It might also be labeled as “rice wine vinegar” (they are the same thing).
  • Hoisin sauce: Also known as Chinese barbecue sauce, this popular sweet and salty ingredient is sold by the bottle in the Asian section of your grocery store.
  • Canola oil: Or any neutral oil, like grapeseed oil or light olive oil.
  • Fresh ginger: Do not substitute ground (powdered) ginger because it doesn’t have the same flavor.

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together vinegar, hoisin sauce, canola oil, soy sauce, ginger, and sesame oil until combined.
A bowl of Asian Salad Dressing sitting in front of a bowl of Chinese Chicken Salad.

Recipe tips and variations

  • Yield: This recipe makes just over ¾ cup dressing; it makes 14 tablespoons (7 ounces) or 7 servings, 2 tablespoons each.
  • Storage: Store leftover dressing covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • Honey: For a sweeter dressing, add honey to taste.
  • Peanut butter: For a creamier dressing, add a tablespoon of creamy peanut butter.
  • More mix-ins: Stir in minced fresh garlic, sesame seeds, or sliced scallions.
A platter of Chinese Chicken Salad with a bowl of Asian salad dressing.
Chinese Chicken Salad with Asian Salad Dressing.

Recipe FAQs

What is a substitute for Hoisin sauce?

You can make your own Hoisin sauce with common pantry ingredients.
4 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
1 tablespoon honey or agave nectar
2 teaspoons distilled white vinegar
2 teaspoons sesame oil
¼ teaspoon hot sauce
⅛ teaspoon black pepper
⅛ teaspoon garlic powder

Can I use this Asian salad dressing as a marinade?

To use this dressing as a marinade, in a glass baking dish or plastic zip-top bag, add the dressing to the raw protein of your choice. Marinate at room temperature for 30 minutes or in the refrigerator for up to 2 hours. Cook protein as desired, discarding any extra marinade.

Chinese Chicken Salad

Instead of using the “kitchen sink” approach, this crunchy, colorful Chinese Chicken Salad has a carefully-curated selection of vegetables and toppings. The dressing is delicious and doubles as a marinade and dipping sauce, too. Cabbage…

15 minutes
View Recipe

Great recipes for Asian dressing

A bowl of Asian Salad Dressing sitting in front of a bowl of Chinese Chicken Salad.

Asian Salad Dressing

This simple, delicious Asian Salad dressing is made with just 6 pantry ingredients and ready in minutes. It also makes a great marinade or dipping sauce for appetizers!
5 from 43 votes
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Servings 7 servings (2 tbsp each)
Course Pantry
Cuisine Asian
Calories 76

Ingredients 

  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar (see note 1)
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce (see note 2)
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil (see note 3)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger grated (see note 4)
  • 1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

Instructions 

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together vinegar, hoisin sauce, canola oil, soy sauce, ginger, and sesame oil until combined.

Recipe Video

Notes

  1. Rice vinegar: It might also be labeled as “rice wine vinegar” (they are the same thing).
  2. Hoisin sauce: Also known as Chinese barbecue sauce, this popular sweet and salty ingredient is sold by the bottle in the Asian section of your grocery store.
  3. Canola oil: Or any neutral oil, like grapeseed oil or light olive oil.
  4. Fresh ginger: Do not substitute ground (powdered) ginger because it doesn’t have the same flavor.
  5. Yield: This recipe makes just over ¾ cup dressing; it makes 14 tablespoons (7 ounces) or 7 servings, 2 tablespoons each.
  6. Storage: Store leftover dressing covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Nutrition

Serving: 2tbspCalories: 76kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 1gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 437mgPotassium: 23mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gCalcium: 4mgIron: 1mg
Tried this Recipe? Pin it for Later!Mention @CulinaryHill or tag #CulinaryHill!
Executive Chef and CEO at | Website | + posts

Meggan Hill is the Executive Chef and CEO of Culinary Hill, a popular digital publication in the food space. She loves to combine her Midwestern food memories with her culinary school education to create her own delicious take on modern family fare. Millions of readers visit Culinary Hill each month for meticulously-tested recipes as well as skills and tricks for ingredient prep, cooking ahead, menu planning, and entertaining. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the iCUE Culinary Arts program at College of the Canyons.

Culinary School Secrets
Pro-level tricks to transform your cooking!

You May Also Like

Questions and Comments

Thank you for your comments! Please allow 1-2 business days for a reply. Our business hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 am PST to 5:00 pm PST, excluding holidays. Comments are moderated to prevent spam and profanity.

Your email address will not be published.

Recipe Rating




This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Comments

View all comments