Toasted Sesame + Miso Dressing

Miso and Toasted Sesame Dressing from A Beautiful MessI think this is the fifth or sixth recipe I’ve shared with you on this site that calls for miso. I’m trying to convert you if you can’t tell. It’s just a fantastic flavor. And to all you already confirmed miso-lovers out there, you’re gonna LOVE this salad dressing.

Miso and Toasted Sesame Dressing from A Beautiful Mess  I mean this dressing has it all: nutty depth from toasted sesame seeds, sweetness from a little honey, a touch of tart from lime juice, and the savory goodness of miso. This is the kind of dressing that really makes you look forward to a salad meal. So, feel free to double this recipe as needed. 🙂

How to toast sesame seedsToasted Sesame + Miso Dressing, makes 2-3 servings.

2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
2 tablespoons miso (Shiro)
1 teaspoon water
juice from 1/2 lime
2 teaspoons honey
1/4 cup peanut oil
salt to taste

First, toast the sesame seeds (unless you can find them already toasted). You can do this in a dry pan (no oil needed) over medium/high heat. Keep a close eye on these as you toast them as they can quickly burn if you’re not careful. Remove from heat once golden brown and allow to cool.

Best miso dressing recipeIn a small bowl or glass measuring cup, combine the miso, water, and honey. Whisk to combine. Then slowly drizzle in the oil as you whisk so everything combines well. I like to use a squirt bottle for this as it makes adding the oil slowly much easier. Last, stir in the sesame seeds, taste, and add salt if needed.

Miso and Toasted Sesame Dressing from A Beautiful Mess If you have leftover dressing, you can store it in an airtight container or jar in the refrigerator for a day or two. If you want to make a larger batch to last you all week, I recommend leaving the sesame seeds in a separate container and just combining them as you use the dressing. Love miso? Try my Kale, Miso, and Soft Egg salad! Happy salad days! xo. Emma

Love dressings? Try my Poppy Seed Dressing or Green Goddess Salad Dressing!

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

  • I’ve never tried miso ever! This looks so good though, I love homemade dressings 🙂

  • Suddenly I’m craving salad for breakfast. I’ve never bought miso, but I think you’ve convinced me.

    M – Mocha and Moccasins

  • Such a cool post! Love this post!
    Love from – a lifestyle, cooking, fashion blog

  • I’m already a miso fan- can’t wait to try this dressing!

  • You know what they say; Half of what you taste, is what you see with your eyes.

  • Yum This sounds really good. I love salads with asian flavors, but I often have a hard time coming up with dressings that don’t have peanut butter in them, which can get tiresome after a while. Thanks for this idea!

  • Sounds yummy! I’m always on the lookout for ideas to make salads more interesting!

  • Always looking for a new salad dressing recipe… this one looks delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  • I love a good salad dressing! And I also love miso. It tastes so good but is also so good for you. Thanks for this great recipe, Emma!

    xx Kathryn

  • This does look gorgeous !
    I must try it when I get home from work 🙂


  • This looks SO good! And refreshing! Thanks for sharing, ladies!

  • Is there an alternative for the peanut oil for those of us allergic to peanuts?

  • That sounds delicious! I’m always looking for ways to spruce up my usual dinner salads, and this seems like the perfect way to switch things up!

    Always, Anita

  • Glad to hear you like the dip recipe—it’s addictive for sure. 🙂


  • Hi Candice! Elsie and I post to the official ABM account. Elsie and Emma have their own instagram accounts as well. 🙂 -Jacki

  • Great recipe Emma!

    By the way I love your a beautiful mess Instagram account! Just wondering who is the owner of it? Do you each have your own Instagram accounts too?

  • A few too many donuts over the weekend… So I REALLY needed to read a healthy recipe this morning. I’m going to add this to our salad tonight. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Ps. Emma – I have made your jalapeno popper dip twice over the course of the past three weeks. Jacki recommended it to me and it is SO good. Off to read more salad dressing recipes now…

  • ugh, you are saying all the right things! the dressing sounds delicious. I often make my own variation, but I’ve never tried it with miso though. I need to broaden my miso- horizons 🙂

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