Japanese Carrot Ginger Salad Dressing is a healthy and delicious recipe similar to what you find in many Japanese restaurants. I went to my first Japanese restaurant when I was a graduate student in New York City. I fondly remember the simple green salad served with this sweet and tangy carrot ginger salad dressing.
I’ve had this recipe for Japanese Carrot Ginger Salad Dressing in my recipe binder for years. Honestly, I don’t even know if this recipe is truly Japanese, I just know it tastes a lot like the one that’s served in Japanese restaurants.
The best part of serving this salad is that you can get a double dose of carrots – both in the salad and in the dressing.
Health Benefits of Carrots
Carrots are best known for their beta-carotene content, an antioxidant, which may protect against cancer, heart disease, and cataracts. Beta-carotene is converted into vitamin A by our bodies and helps nourish the tissues in the respiratory and intestinal tracts. In addition to beta-carotene, recent research has identified another category of phytonutrients in carrots called polyacetylenes that may help inhibit the growth of colon cancer cells.
Not only are carrots exceptionally high in vitamin A, but they are also a very good source of vitamin K, fiber, C, and potassium.
Choose the brightest, deepest colored orange carrots you can find. The deeper the color, the more beta-carotene. Look for the freshest carrots at your local farmer’s market.
Carrots as the Main Star
Carrots are often added as an afterthought to stir-fries or salads. However, they can be served as the main star.
In addition to this Japanese Carrot Ginger Salad dressing where carrots are featured, I’ve served carrots as the main star a few other ways.
Carrots are delicious roasted with some extra virgin olive oil, shallots, salt and pepper:
A refreshing Carrot Salad with Poppy Seeds and Lime Zest (lime juice, salt and pepper) makes a delicious summer side dish.
As you can see, there are so many more ways to enjoy carrots than just as carrot sticks.
Japanese Ginger Salad Dressing Recipe
- 1/4 cup onion coarsely chopped
- 1 tablespoon ginger coarsely chopped
- 1/2 celery stalk coarsely chopped
- 1 small carrot coarsely chopped
- 1 garlic clove
- 1/4 cup flavorless oil
- 2 1/2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1 tablespoon organic ketchup
- 2 teaspoons gluten-free soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- salt and pepper to taste
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.