Yuzu Dressing

Light and tangy with a hint of ginger, this aromatic Yuzu dressing recipe is intensely invigorating. The savoury, zesty flavours are a refreshing choice to amp up your garden salads or use as a dipping yuzu sauce for noodle dishes.

Pouring yuzu dressing from a jar into a noodle salad

Why You’ll Love Our Yuzu Dressing

This yuzu dressing is one I make often. 

I adore how it combines the bright and zesty notes of yuzu with the savoury and umami richness of tamari. The result is a perfectly balanced dressing that tantalises your taste buds.

Together with grated ginger, the unique aroma of yuzu adds something extra to this Asian vinaigrette. 

Yuzu salad dressing is incredibly versatile and can elevate a wide range of dishes, including salads like our salmon sashimi salad, noodle bowls, rice dishes, and even grilled meats and seafood. I also like to use it as dipping yuzu sauce which is great with soba noodles or somen

So if you are planning ahead for meals, our yuzu dressing is one you can make a double batch!

So What is Yuzu?

Yuzu is a citrus fruit similar to a small grapefruit. It originated in China but is now widely used in Japanese and Korean cooking. 

The outside of yuzu is lumpy and the flesh inside is tart and contains numerous seeds. Yuzu is rarely eaten as a fruit but is used frequently like a lemon for its rind and juice.

Due to its limited availability outside of its native regions, yuzu is often found in the form of juice, zest, or yuzu-infused products.

What Does Yuzu Taste Like?

There are good reasons why yuzu is a popular ingredient in many different dishes and products.

Yuzu has a distinctive and complex flavour profile, combining elements of lemon, mandarin, and grapefruit. 

When I first tasted yuzu juice, the citrusy acidic flavours similar to lemon came through first, but then you get a hit of subtle aromatic floral notes and slight bitterness as well. 

Yuzu’s unique taste and fragrance make it popular for salad dressings, vinaigrettes, marinades, sauces, desserts, and even cocktails. 

Hand hold a bottle of yuzu juice

You can purchase bottled yuzu juice online or in Japanese and Korean grocery stores. Another yuzu product that can be used in salad dressings like our Prawn and Fennel salad is yuzu jam or marmalade.

Ingredients

Here are the ingredients you will need for yuzu dressing:

Individually labelled ingredients for yuzu dressing

Yuzu Juice: Yuzu juice can be found online or in your specialty Japanese or Korean supermarkets. If you have a well stocked larger grocery store, you should be able to find it there too.

Ginger: Grated ginger adds another layer of flavour.

Tamari: Nothing quite like a deep flavoured tamari for a gluten free dressing. If you’ve never used tamari before you can try San-j Organic Tamari or Kikkoman Gluten Free Tamari.

Sesame Oil: Sesame oil is such a fragrant ingredient to cook with. Adding a dash to your stir fry makes a really big difference to its taste.

Hence we’re adding it to this recipe for some serious Asian flavours. One of the more generic brands you can get your hands on is Lee Kum Kee Pure Sesame Oil.

Variations and Substitutions

Yuzu juice substitute: If you can’t find yuzu juice, lemon or lime juice will work as a substitute. The flavours will not be exactly the same, but the end result will be a savoury citrus vinaigrette. 

Tamari substitute: If you don’t need a gluten free dressing, substitute tamari for light soy sauce.

Instructions

Peel the ginger and grate it finely.

Add tamari, water, yuzu juice, grated ginger and sesame oil together in a small bowl or mason jar.

Whisk or shake until well combined.

Adding yuzu dressing ingredients into a jar
Shaking yuzu dressing ingredients in a jar

How to Make This Dressing Perfectly [Expert Tips]

Grate ginger finely: As much as I love ginger, I don’t like to have huge chunks of ginger in my yuzu salad dressing. Make sure you grate or chop the ginger finely. 

Make a double batch: If you are using this recipe as yuzu sauce for soba noodles, I suggest making a double batch so that the soba noodles are well dressed. A little extra of this refreshing yuzu sauce won’t hurt anyone! 

How to Store

I like to make this yuzu dressing in a mason jar, so I can easily store any leftover in the fridge. It will keep for up to a week. 

Give the dressing a shake before using it again.

Best Salad for This Dressing

Vegan Soba Noodle Salad with Yuzu Dressing

Earthy tones of shimeji mushrooms and soba noodles with the added freshness from the cucumber, seaweed and tangy yuzu dressing, this Vegan Soba Noodle Salad needs no sides. A perfect meal for one, for two or for the whole gang!

Vegan Soba Noodle Salad with Yuzu Dressing in a grey bowl

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Yuzu Dressing

Light and tangy with a hint of ginger, this aromatic Yuzu dressing recipe is intensely invigorating. The savoury, zesty flavours are a refreshing choice to amp up your garden salads or use as a dipping yuzu sauce for noodle dishes.
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Salad Dressing
Cuisine: Asian
Diet: Gluten Free, Low Fat, Low Lactose, Vegan, Vegetarian
Dietary: Dairy Free, Egg Free, Gluten Free, Nut Free, Plant-Based, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 49.32kcal
Author: Sammy Eng

Ingredients

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Instructions

  • Add tamari, water, yuzu juice and sesame oil together in a small mixing bowl.
  • Grate in fresh ginger and whisk well together.

Notes

  • Lemon or lime juice will work as a substitute for yuzu juice. The flavours will not be exactly the same, but the end result will be a savoury citrus vinaigrette. 
  • Substitute tamari for light soy sauce if you don’t need a gluten-free dressing.
  • Make sure you grate or chop the ginger finely.

Nutrition

Calories: 49.32kcal | Carbohydrates: 2.07g | Protein: 2.89g | Fat: 3.54g | Saturated Fat: 0.5g | Sodium: 1509.23mg | Potassium: 57.24mg | Fiber: 0.21g | Sugar: 0.49g | Vitamin C: 1.48mg | Calcium: 5.4mg | Iron: 0.64mg

*Disclaimer: Nutritional information provided is an estimate only and generated by an online calculator.

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19 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I’ve never had yuzu sauce but this looks so simple I’ll have to try it.

  2. 5 stars
    I haven’t tried a yuzu juice, and this dressing looks so good, I’ll be trying this for my sala. Love the spice coming from ginger.

  3. Rosario Arecco says:

    5 stars
    Delicious and so versatile! I love the unique flavors

  4. 5 stars
    I have seen yuzu in the local Asian store but had no idea how to use it. Thanks to you now I know what to do with it. This dressing sounds delicious!

    1. Cheryl Lewis says:

      5 stars
      Google a chicken stir fry recipe with mushrooms and daikon it’s delicious

  5. Christina says:

    5 stars
    I just love this dressing. I’m making a big batch to have all week!

  6. 5 stars
    Now you have given me the reason to go looking for yuzu, it sounds so amazing reading from your post. I always have some fresh ginger and I have a bottle of Tamari, up! time for yuzu. Thank you so much.

    1. That’s great! We always have tamari and ginger at home too. there’s always a good recipe that requires them.

    2. Cheryl Lewis says:

      5 stars
      I hope you found Yuzu I found it at nations – 14.00

    3. Cheryl Lewis says:

      5 stars
      Yuzu is Devine wow delicious with daikon

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