Saturday, August 18, 2012

Ginger Salad Dressing ala Japanese Steakhouses

I know that they are so 1980s but we like eating at the teppanyaki steakhouses.   The sizzle when the meat hits the grill, the smell of fried rice cooking, the blur of chefs' antics, and even the pandering jokes makes a fun experience.  You just have to embrace the cheesiness and ignore the lack of authenticity.   

One of the standard courses is the salad with ginger dressing.  As far as salads go, it is rather plain.  Just a little ordinary iceburg lettuce, shredded carrot, and dressing.  But oh that dressing.  It is fragrant and eye wateringly pungent.  

This week we did teppanyaki style steak and veggies using our electric skillet.

I didn't flip an egg on a spatula or crack any lame jokes.  I didn't make a flaming volcano.  But I did make the mandatory salad.

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Teppanyaki Style Ginger Salad Dressing
Makes 2 1/2 cups

  • 3/4 cup onion diced
  • 1/4 cup diced carrot
  • 1 Tbsp ginger, diced and peeled
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp ketchup
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup oil
  1. Mix all ingredients except oil in a blender and liquify until it is a smooth consistency.
  2. Slowly add the oil, while blending.
  • To serve, simply break up a head of iceberg lettuce, finely grate carrot over it and top with dressing.
  • I like to make a day in advance, keep in the fridge, and then blend it again just before serving.
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We hadn't made this in a while and it was so good that Alexis and I ended up eating salad for dinner the next two nights.  I had a little left last night and poured it onto some boneless, skinless chicken thighs.  They've been marinating overnight and we'll see how they turn out at lunch.


  1. Well If I would have been there I would have insisted you squirting sake across the grill table trying to hit my mouth. ;)

    I've never tried making that salad.

  2. We have a Chinese restaurant nearby that serves great food and stellar lunch deals. But the star of the show is the ginger salad dressing - just fabulous! I'll definitely have to try this!

  3. And it makes a very effective underarm deodorant.

  4. No fancy tricks? That's kind of lame.... good thing you made up for it with the yummy ginger dressing!! I bet the marinated chicken turned out amazing too!

  5. oh man, I need to make this asap. I'm such a sucker for a great dressing. I have so many ideas scribbled down to try and now this recipe just went to the top. Thanks, Chris!

  6. I love that dressing... I am so excited to give yours a try!

  7. It seems like Teppanyaki style restaurants are 90% buffets now adays in the midwest and most are scary places to eat. Actually most buffets are scary places to eat, people touch the serving spoons and lay them on the food, ick! I love me some ginger dressing however and the local Sushi restaurant keeps my taste for the old steak house dressing well satisfied. I may have to try this out, it would make a FANTASTIC marinade for chicken breasts on the grill I'm betting.

  8. Don't you get enough grilling at home? GREG

  9. i just went to a sushi restaurant where i looked on with envy at my sister raving about how delicious her salad (particularly dressing) was. she didn't share. i'll have to try this soon so i can know for myself how good it is!

  10. I could bathe in that dressing! I love how it's the standard at every Japanese restaurant throughout the country. It's oddly comforting.

  11. God love ya! I love the ginger dressing on the salads at the teppanyaki restaurants! The salad is nothing special but that ginger dressing sets it over the top! I am so excited for this recipe. Thank you thank you!

  12. But next time I expect to see a flaming volcano :)

  13. How fun that you both got to go. It would be worth the trip for me to have one of those hard rolls and the fried onions blossoms. We really miss NY hard rolls, which those closely resemble.

    But most of all I have to try the dressing. You know how I love salads...

  14. Tonight I made your recipe for the 'ginger salad dressing'. The flavor was amazing! Just like the Japanese Restaurants. My Husband grilled Black Tip Shark, Salmon and Asparagus with lemon-dill garlic butter. The 'dressing' went well. We both liked it very much!


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