Roasted Sesame Dressing (Kewpie copycat)
This Creamy Roasted Sesame Dressing is one of my all-time favorite Japanese kewpie sesame dressing copycats! it’s nutty, creamy, and so easy to make. All you need are some crunchy leafy greens, toss it in a Japanese Sesame Dressing and you have yourself an instant side salad, plus recipes you can use immediately!
Japanese Creamy Roasted Sesame Dressing (Paleo, Whole30)
If you love a good creamy salad dressing this Japanese-inspired Roasted Sesame Dressing (AKA Goma Dressing) is a dressing that you don’t want to miss! It’s simple to make and a great standby for almost any crunchy leafy greens.
Use this Paleo creamy sesame dressing for Asian Coleslaw, broccolini noodle salad, or chopped bok choy salad. It’s also a terrific dressing to make steamed vegetables so much tastier. Finish with a sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds for extra nutty deliciousness!
Traditionally Japanese sesame dressing (Goma Dressing) is made with Japanese mayonnaise. To simply the method, I use Paleo and Whole30 Mayo. Both Primal Kitchen and Tessemae’s mayo are Whole30 compliant.
Why toast and grind sesame seeds?
Lightly toasted sesame seeds add extra nutty delicious flavor to this Japanese sesame dressing. By grinding the sesame seeds with a pestle and mortar (or with a clean coffee grinder), it releases the seed oil and the toasted sesame fragrance. Grinned sesame seeds also help thicken the salad dressing.
How to roast sesame seeds?
This stovetop method applies to both black and white sesame seeds.
- In a dry cast iron skillet, add the sesame seeds.
- Toast the sesame over low heat for about 2-3 minutes.
- You’ll need to stir the seeds with a spatula or rock the skillet back-and-forth to keep the sesame from burning.
How can I make salad dressing thicker?
To make dairy-free salad dressing thicker, you need an emulsifier such as coconut yogurt (or any dairy-free yogurt), egg, seed and nut butter, avocado, mayo, or (Dijon) mustard.
More Paleo, Dairy-free and Whole30 salad dressings:
- 5 Whole30 salad dressings (Summer/Spring herbs edition)
- Paleo Creamy Ginger Salad Dressing (Whole30, Keto)
- Paleo Thai Peanut Dressing (no peanuts, Whole30)
- Vietnamese Nuoc Cham Dipping Sauce (Paleo, Whole30, Keto)
- More dressings and sauces here
If you give this Japanese-inspired creamy roasted sesame dressing a try, be sure to rate the recipe and leave a comment below. I’d love to hear your salad choices for this Creamy Paleo Japanese sesame dressing!
Creamy Roasted Sesame Dressing (Paleo, Whole30, Keto)
- In a dry cast iron skillet, add the sesame seeds and toast over low heat for about 2-3 minutes. Stir the seeds often with a spatula or gently rock the skillet back-and-forth to keep the sesame from burning.
- Off heat, grind the seeds with a pestle and mortar (or a clean coffee grinder) until smooth.
- In a medium-size bowl, add all the ingredients from sesame seeds to tahini. Whisk and stir until creamy smooth. Taste and make seasoning adjustments to your own liking.
- For thinner texture, add ½ tbsp water a time until desired consistency.
- Store in the fridge. Best finish in 1 week.
- The texture will become thicker after refrigerated. Thin with more water.
Also check out these wonderful healthy salads and stir-fry greens:
- Paleo Asian Chicken Cabbage Salad
- Chinese broccoli with garlic sauce
- Snow Pea Leaves Stir-Fry
- Lemon Garlic Paleo Broccoli
- Paleo Creamed Spinach
- Sichuan Dry-Fried Green Beans
- Chinese Garlic Smashed Cucumber Salad
- Korean Mung Bean Sprouts Recipe