Salad with Carrot Orange Ginger Miso Dressing

Salad with Carrot Orange Ginger Miso Dressing

I LOVE getting the house salads as sushi / Japanese restaurants since the Orange Ginger Dressing is so tasty! There are several ways I have been making this Orange Ginger Dressing, and here is one of my versions that includes Miso Paste. Orange Ginger Dressing is oil free and extremely healthy. I hope you enjoy this version of Orange Ginger Dressing as much as I do!

Course Salad
Cuisine Japanese
Keyword vegetarian
Servings 2 large salads

Ingredients

Dressing Ingredients:

  • 10 baby carrots
  • 1 T freshly grated ginger
  • 1 small yellow or white onion about size of a ½ cup quartered
  • Juice of an orange 3 T
  • 3 T white miso paste
  • 1 T reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 2 T rice vinegar

Salad Ingredients:

  • 3-4 cups of Chopped Spinach
  • 1 green bell pepper chopped
  • 1 cucumber diced
  • 1 to mato diced
  • 2-3 T scallions green onions chopped

Instructions

  1. Make the dressing by placing all ingredients in a food processor and process for a few minutes until well blended.
  2. Assemble the salad by placing spinach at the bottom of individual salad bowls, and then top with the remaining salad ingredients.
  3. Then top the salads off with a few Table spoons of the dressing (you can also serve some of the dressing on the side).

Recipe Notes

Dressing can be made ahead (on a food prep Sunday) to save time to have a quick meal on a busy week night; this will keep well for a few days in the refrigerator.

The above salad ingredients can make about 2 large salads or 4 small salads.

You will likely have extra dressing to make more salads.

For dinner one night, try pairing this salad with one of my miso soup recipes: Miso Veggie Noodle Soup or Miso Soup with Veggies and Quinoa.

ginger miso salad

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Miso Veggie Noodle Soup

Miso Veggie Noodle Soup

I needed to make a Healing Soup Recipe, because I had a case of heartburn from too much fun over the weekend. I find miso soup to be quite comforting, so I decided to make a variation of my Miso Soup with Veggies and Quinoa recipe and turn it into a Healing Soup Recipe. I upped the amount of carrots, tofu, garlic, added some ginger, and swapped out the quinoa for some noodles. Since I was using noodles, I increased the amount of liquid and miso.  This turned out to be the perfect Healing Soup Recipe version of miso soup! It reminded me of how chicken noodle soup used to make me feel as a kid – but this is planted based and healthier! I will absolutely make this healing soup recipe again and again, especially if I am feeling under the weather or if the weather outside is chilly!
Course Soup
Cuisine Japanese
Keyword vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 ½ cup chopped carrots
  • 1 small red onion chopped
  • 5 cloves of garlic chopped
  • 1 T freshly grated ginger
  • 10 cups of water
  • 2/3 cup of white miso paste
  • 1 cup scallions chopped
  • 2 cups chopped spinach
  • 14 oz tofu cut in small cubes
  • 7.7 oz package of brown rice noodles I used Wegman’s brand

Instructions

  1. In a Dutch oven or stock pot, with the olive oil, over medium heat, sauté carrots and onions for 10 minutes.
  2. Then add garlic and ginger and sauté for 2 more minutes.
  3. Add water to the pot, stir, and turn up heat to high.
  4. Then add the miso to the pot and stir (occasionally) for about 5-7 minutes, until the miso has melted in with the liquid.
  5. Once the water has come to a boil, turn the heat down to medium low, cover the pot with a lid, and cook for 20 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile you can cook your rice noodles in a separate pot.
  7. Uncover the pot and add scallions, spinach and tofu and cook (covered) for another 10 minutes.
  8. Then add cooked noodles and cook for 2 more minutes (uncovered).

Recipe Notes

If you are not serving the soup right away, but want to keep the soup warm, turn the burner down to low heat.

miso noodle veggie soup

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