Homemade Japanese Sesame Dressing that is creamy, nutty and slightly tangy and sweet– delicious over salads, cooked vegetables, tofu and more! Quick and easy to make, this sesame dressing recipe is dairy free, egg free and can be made ahead of time. (Vegan)

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Japanese Sesame Dressing

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Creamy and full of flavour, this Japanese sesame dressing is delicious over salads, vegetables, tofu, noodles and more!


  • 1 1/2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 1/2 tbsp roasted sesame butter
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp vegan Japanese mayo (or substitute regular vegan mayonnaise)
  • 1 1/22 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp mirin
  • 12 tsp unsweetened soy milk to thin (optional)


  1. Add toasted sesame seeds to a motor and pestle and grind until grounded. 
  2. Add all the remaining ingredients except the soy milk to a bowl and whisk to combine. Add soy milk little by little until you reach your desired consistency. 
  3. Use over fresh salad, tofu, noodles or as a dipping sauce. Enjoy!


  • Helpful Equipment: suribachi (Japanese motor and pestle), whisk
  • Nutritional Information Disclaimer: Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated on an online tool (Cronometer). 
  • Prep Time: 5 minute
  • Category: sauces & dressings
  • Method: mixing
  • Cuisine: vegan, japanese


  • Serving Size: 1 tbsp

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  1. This is, by far, the best sesame dressing recipe I’ve had. Perfect for salads. I didn’t have the sesame butter, and subbed for equal parts peanut butter and some sesame oil. It was still amazing.

  2. This is really tasty and though it probably would have lasted longer than a week in the fridge, it didn’t because it was gone too quickly! 🙂

  3. This sauce is one of the beat things that happened to me this year.
    And the salad combo with tofu skins, just amazing!

  4. Absolutely become my bucket list dressing if I want to make asian salad! Try this and you never buy a store-bought sesame dressing anymore! Surprisingly it taste better!!

  5. This dressing recipe is unreal delicious! I makes me think I’m actually eating at a restaurant 💜 I didn’t have sesame butter so I had to settle for tahini. The smell that comes from grinding the toasted sesame is delightful! I drizzled it on top of a crispy tofu bowl, the entire thing, steamed veg & quinoa, crispy tofu and salad 🙂

  6. I’m not one for following recipes but this was so quick and simple, the smell of the sesame seeds after crushing them in a mortar and pestle was divine and honestly I would have never thought of that if it wasn’t for this recipe. I used the dressing on a shredded tofu salad, it would go great with literally anything (I was eating it out of the jar!) thanks for your cooking wisdom, can’t wait to try more recipes ❤️

  7. Sorry i looked and now the amount is in there
    Good timing 😀 i meant it doesn’t say how much sesame butter