Sesame sauce is hugely popular in Asian countries, I grew up eating steamed wobbly rice rolls topped with flavoursome sesame sauce for breakfast, one of my absolute childhood favorites. The other of my beloved dish is hand-torn chicken and julienned cucumber served with silky, sweet sesame sauce. In fact, I love everything with a toasted sesame flavour, so sesame oil becomes my definite pantry item, a drizzle here and a drizzle there, a natural flavour enhancer.
I was at my daughter’s school summer fair the other day and I was helping out at one of the food stalls. A fellow mother made summer rolls with a sesame dipping sauce which were so delicious that they sold out almost within just an hour. I was definitely spellbound by the smooth, delectable sauce that I didn’t hesitate to ask her for the recipe. She has given me the list of ingredients but I have to work out the quantities myself. So here is my version of the sesame sauce which I serve here as a salad dressing, and I hope you will like it and will make it again and again.
Note: you can use a blender instead of grounding the seeds by hand, but I don’t have a powerful blender so I use pestle and mortar instead. You can also use chicken/vegetable stock or dashi in place of water, which I will try for sure for my next batch of dressing.
For the dressing:
- 1 cup toasted sesame seeds
- 1/4 cup tamari (or regular soy sauce if not gluten free)
- 1/4 cup mirin
- 1.5 tbsp. agave syrup
- 2 tbsp. toasted sesame oil
- 2 tbsp. rice wine vinegar
- 8 tbsp. water (plus more if needed)
For the salad:
- Dried wakame seaweed (1 tbsp. per person), rehydrated with water
- avocado, peeled and chopped
- cherry tomato, halved
- radicchio, torn into small pieces (or chopped)
- mixed lettuces
- chopped cucumber (optional)
- reddish, sliced (optional)
In a dry frying pan, toast the sesame seeds until fragrant (about 2 minutes). Transfer them to a pestle and mortar then ground, in batches, until they are mostly in powder.
In a medium mixing bowl, combine all the rest of the ingredients and mixed well. This dressing is a bit thicker than the usual salad dressing, but feel free to add more water (one tablespoon at a time) if you would like it thinner, but adjust the seasoning accordingly.
Add into the salad and mixed well.