Oct 22

Going Green with Sweet Sesame Seed Dressing

in Fuji Favorites, Recipes by Type, Salads, Sauces & Condiments

After all of the pumpkin that’s been flying around in my kitchen I figured it was time for a bit of green. So I went back to basics and made up a big bowl full of simple green salad with my favorite dressing. Growing up one of my favorite types of dressing was poppy seed dressing. Every year for my birthday when my mom asked me what I wanted for my birthday dinner, one of the dishes I always asked for was a green salad with lettuce, sliced avocados, grapefruit sections, and chopped celery, topped with poppy seed dressing. It may sound like a strange combination, but you should try it–it’s amazing! I have a favorite poppy seed dressing recipe that I love to use from the Lion House Classics cookbook. Living in Japan, however, the ingredients for poppy seed dressing were a bit harder to come by, so I had to develop an alternative. The result is what I’m sharing with you today, my sweet sesame seed dressing.

It’s sweet and thick just like a traditional poppy seed dressing, but it is speckled with roasted sesame seeds instead of poppy seeds, is a bit more tart than the traditional poppy seed dressing, and uses ingredients that you are more likely to find in a Japanese supermarket. I now prefer this dressing to poppy seed dressing and find it hard to restrain myself from licking the plate once I’ve eaten all of my salad.

FM’s Sweet Sesame Seed Dressing
Makes about 2 cups

3/4 cup sugar
1 Tbsp. karashi mustard powder* (I use S&B)
1/2 tsp. salt
1/3 c. seasoned rice wine vinegar
2 Tbsp. onion, chopped
1 c. vegetable oil
1 1/2 Tbsp. roasted sesame seeds

1. In a food processor, combine all ingredients except for the sesame seeds. Process until smooth and creamy.

2. Stir in sesame seeds; store covered in refrigerator.

* Karashi is a hot mustard used frequently in Japan. Wasabi or horseradish is added to the mustard to give it some kick. If you do not have karashi mustard powder, you could substitute any hot mustard powder. Coleman’s mustard powder is a medium heat powder that could also be used.

In other news, I am LOVING my new header, aren’t you? It’s so me! It was designed by the amazingly talented, funny, and generous Lolly of LollyChops. Mark my words, this girl is going to be HUGE! If you haven’t ever visited her blog, you really need to. She has a whole basketful of stuff that you can download and print for FREE, like gift tags and recipe cards. She also has a weekly giveaway (it’s not too late to enter the giveaway for this week!) of something fabulous that she has made. So go and show Lolly some love! THANK YOU LOLLY!

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Bob October 22, 2008 at 10:05 am

Looks good. Do you need to let it sit for a while so the flavors mingle or can you use it right away?


Fuji Mama October 22, 2008 at 10:29 am

Bob– Thanks! I find that almost any sauce/dressing is better after sitting for an hour or so! This dressing can be used right away though and it is still really good!


Damaris October 22, 2008 at 10:31 am

nice header. I like it a lot. You might want to take out the red in the back so that it is centered. just a thought.


haleysuzanne October 22, 2008 at 8:31 pm

This looks really delicious! I love non-dairy dressings, and this one will be gracing my table very soon!


Sara October 22, 2008 at 8:58 pm

mmm, this sounds like something I would love. Gonna put it in my “to try” folder- thanks!


K and S October 22, 2008 at 9:33 pm

I was reading your posts from my reader so I couldn’t see your banner….LOVE it!!


LollyChops October 23, 2008 at 6:32 am

Yeah! Thanks for the mention Fuji. Your header was a breeze to make (and so much fun too)! You gave me terrific direction to work from! HUGS!


molly! October 23, 2008 at 6:32 am

love the new header!!


Melanie Gray Augustin October 23, 2008 at 9:18 pm

Yum! Is this like the goma dressing you get in a lot of places?

I am going to have to try this one, many dressing have lemon or other things I’m allergic to but this one should be perfect! Love that goma!


Jen October 23, 2008 at 9:59 pm

DId you take thos pics??? They are awesome!


[email protected]: a food blog October 24, 2008 at 6:54 am

I love your rendition of this poppy seed dressing with sesame seeds instead. Sounds delicious with grapefruit and avocado. I love your new header.


Michelle November 3, 2008 at 8:15 pm

I LOVE your new banner! Also loving that yum yum empty plate shot!


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