This honey ginger salad dressing is perfectly sweet, with the best hint of spice from the ginger. So easy to make in less than ten minutes, it's a vegetarian and gluten free vinaigrette that will definitely perk up your salads!
Making a salad dressing is usually super simple, and homemade is much healthier than those from the store! This honey ginger dressing combines pantry staples and takes minutes to come together. It's zingy, slightly sweet and full of flavour.
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⭐ Why this recipe is so good
Balance of sweet and spicy. With sweet honey, fragrant garlic and zingy garlic, this dressing has so much flavour.
Pantry staples. No need to run to the store (hopefully!), we use all pantry staples for this recipe.
Quick and easy. All we need to do is grate the ginger and mince some garlic, then give the dressing a quick whisk!
All the ingredients and their quantities are set out in the recipe card below.
A few pointers on a couple of them:
- Ginger - you want to use fresh ginger root rather than ground ginger for this recipe.
- Olive oil - I suggest using extra virgin olive oil for a better taste and depth of flavour.
- Garlic - you could use a touch of garlic powder in a pinch, but fresh is definitely better!
🍽 Equipment needed
Grater - to grate the fresh ginger.
Whisk - to combine the ingredients. Alternatively use a spoon, but a whisk is better I find.
🔪 Step by step instructions
Just a few steps to make this honey ginger salad dressing, and all are easy to do:
Grate the ginger. First slice off the tough skin, then grate. Mince or finely dice the garlic.
Whisk the ingredients to combine. Pour in your olive oil, vinegar and honey, and add the grated ginger and minced garlic. Add a pinch of salt and black pepper. Then whisk to combine.
Have a taste test and adjust with more of any of the ingredients to preference. Then enjoy on your summer salads!
💭 Recipe tips and notes
- Adjust the amount of honey to taste. This recipe is more on the sweet side, so reduce a little if you prefer a sharper flavour.
- Grate the ginger over the bowl. The 'juice' from the ginger is full of flavour, so grating over your bowl or jar rather than on a wooden chopping board means it will go into your dressing!
- Whisk before use. Give it a good whisk, stir or shake as the ginger and garlic will sink to the bottom of the dressing and the oil and vinegar will separate.
📋 Frequently asked questions
If lemon juice works for you, then this can be used in place of the vinegar.
Although I haven't tried it myself, I think it would work well as a marinade for chicken or vegetables dishes. The honey, ginger and garlic will give a lot of flavour!
Apple cider vinegar scores 1 on the SIGHI list, although it should be noted that some people will be sensitive to all forms of vinegar. White distilled vinegar scores 0 on the SIGHI list. Have a peek at my overview of low histamine oils for more info on that aspect of salad dressings!
🍽 How to serve this honey ginger salad dressing
Salad dressings, of course, work best on salad! This recipe works well on a simple green salad, but also could be used in some of my salad recipes such as my:
Of course, as this dressing uses honey, it will mean that the salad recipe will be vegetarian and not vegan.
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Honey Ginger Salad Dressing
- Slice off the tough skin of the ginger, then grate.
- Pour all the liquid ingredients into your bowl or jar, and then add in the ginger, garlic, salt and black pepper. Whisk well to combine. Taste test, and adjust to personal preference with more ginger or vinegar.
- Adjust the amount of honey to taste. This recipe is slightly more sweet, so if you prefer a sharper taste reduce the quantity a little.
- If you grate the ginger over the bowl or jar you are using to make the dressing it will 'catch' the juice from the ginger, which is full of flavour!
- Whisk before use. The garlic and ginger will fall to the bottom of your jar, so whisk it up to make sure you have that flavour!
- Nutritional information is given as a courtesy. It is auto-generated and should be taken as an estimate.
- garlic, which scores 1.
- ginger, which scores 1. There is a note, 'small amounts are well tolerated'.
- apple cider vinegar, which scores 1. As a swap, white distilled vinegar scores 0.