These 3 salad dressings make wonderful gifts for the holidays! I have a soy mustardy dressing for a tofu asian salad, a oniony nutty sweet sesame dressing for a spinach salad that goes wonderfully with Korean or Asian food. Finally, a very simple lemon vinaigrette that just goes well with any meal.
Do you need ideas for holiday gift for someone who love Asian food?? Well.. my Salad Dressings goes fabulously well with Asian or Korean food and so these will make a wonderful gift for the holidays!!
I wrote this post many years ago on my old blog and I forgot to move it over, so here it is with of course some updated info and a full recipe card.
Whenever I am invited to a potluck dinner at a Korean friend’s home, I am usually asked to bring a salad. Making a salad really doesn’t require a whole lot of expertise but I think I get asked often because I make salads that go well with Korean/Asian food. Few years ago, a friend of mine had a baby and when I asked her what I could do for her – she asked me to make some salad dressing. So I started out making one and then two and then three..basically because I couldn’t make up my mind.
So I made these 3 salad dressings and bottled them in these jam jars which you can easily buy from any grocery store. I labeled them, had some fun with the lettering and realized what perfect gifts these pretty jars of dressing would make for any occasion!
Gift Jar#1 – Soy Mustard Tofu Salad Dressing
The first dressing for Tofu Salad is totally my creation. I love love the tofu salad that is served at our local Tofu House restaurant and I ended up with this recipe after several trials and errors. It is a Soy Mustard dressing which has no oil in it so it tastes really refreshing and the mustard adds a bit of kick at the end which makes it go really well with many Asian or Korean dishes that are either quite heavy in garlic and other spices (as this does not have any garlic or onions) or quite mild (in which case this breaks up the mildness).
I actually have a full Tofu Salad recipe post here but you can just make the dressing and put it in a pretty jar and give as a gift.
Gift Jar#2 – Sesame Onion Dressing
Sesame Onion is my second dressing. It is a modified version of a Strawberry Spinach Salad dressing which I found in allrecipes.com. I made some changes to it by using purple onion instead and omitted the poppy seeds. And you can make a jar of this and provide the following recipe with the dressing – Use this dressing with spinach, strawberries and/or raspberries and toasted almond slivers. Possibly add some pomegranate seeds for the Holidays to make it extra festive!
OH! And to make it extra special and delicious, I would add a bag of tasted sesame seeds and almond slivers to go with the dressing just so they have it when they make the salad. These 2 ingredients make this Sesame Onion Dressing Spinach salad really yummy. And this salad is PERFECT for Korean or Asian food potlucks because the onion in the dressing makes it bold enough to stand up to any garlicky or spicy meal.
Gift Jar #3 – Lemon Vinaigrette
Sometimes, simple is best. You may think this dressing is not very special but I think it can be a dressing that can be a base dressing for many salads for whatever meal. Please be sure to use fresh lemon juice to make this dressing. And tell your friend that they can just season it further to make it their own.
Tips for gifting my salad dressings
Pack these 3 jars of goodness in 8 oz glass jars and gift someone you love. Please don’t forget to also either provide a link to my recipes or give them a printed recipe.
- For the Tofu salad dressing, you can either give a link to my recipe RECIPE HERE (or give them a print out).
- For the Strawberry Spinach salad dressing, just tell them to enjoy it with spinach, strawberries or raspberries and some pomegranate seeds. And don’t forget to pack sesame seeds and almond slivers.
- Please note that these should be kept in the fridge and probably good for a month or so but not much more.
Well, I hope this will be helpful in making some special home made gifts for your family or friends.
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3 Asian Salad Dressing Recipes for Gifts
Sweet Soy Mustard Dressing
- 2.5 tsp oriental yellow mustard
- 5 Tbsp rice vinegar
- 5 Tbsp cooking sake (rice wine)
- 2.5 Tbsp soy sauce (jinkanjang)
- 2.5 tsp honey
- 5 tsp vegetable oil
- 1.25 tsp sugar
- 1.25 tsp lemon juice (double for meyer lemon)
Strawberry Spinach Salad
- 8 Tbsp sugar
- 8 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 8 Tbsp rice vinegar (or 1/2 amount if white vinegar)
- 1 tsp paprika
- 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 2 Tbsp purple onion (minced, use 1/2 amount if regular onion)
- 3 Tbsp sesame seeds (toasted)
Spinach Salad Dressing Ingredients to pack separately
- 4 Tbsp almonds (slivered, toasted)
- 12 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
- 6 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 2 Tbsp sugar
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- black pepper
Tofu Salad Dressing
- Prepare the oriental hot mustard by mixing the mustard powder with water. You can also use the pre-made mustard in tubes but I find that they don’t taste as strong as the powder stuff. (See my Chapssal Bulgogi post for more info on how to make the mustard at home) Let it rest in room temperature for a few minutes.
- Prepare dressing by mixing the soy sauce, vinegar, rice wine, mustard and sugar. Since some cooking rice wines are sweeter than others, add the rice wine first and taste it. Adjust the amount of sugar to taste. Pour into a pretty bottle and label it.
Spinach Salad Dressing
- Mix all the salad dressing ingredients in a bowl. For longer storage, you can leave out the sesame seeds and pack it separately with the dressing. Pour into a jar and label. You will have a little leftover after filling an 8 oz jar. Pack a bag of sesame seeds and toasted almonds to go with the salad dressing. Enjoy it at home too!
- Mix oil, fresh lemon juice, salt, pepper and sugar. This is a very simple dressing sometimes simple is best. Lemon adds a wonderful simple freshness that will go with any meal.
Tips & Notes:
- For the Tofu salad dressing, you can either give a link to my recipe here (or give them a print out).
- For the Strawberry Spinach salad dressing, just tell them to enjoy it with spinach, strawberries or raspberries and some pomegranate seeds.
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