This Japanese dressing a nice combination of salty and sweet, and not as overwhelming a dressing as I first thought. While it’s perfect on bitter greens, softening their flavor, it’s good on any type of salad. I’ve even used it on cooked grains, hot or at room temperature. Ponzu is a dipping sauce often served with sashimi, though it is also used as a marinade. If you can’t find ponzu in your market, there is a recipe for homemade ponzu in our recipe blog. Teriyaki sauce is a good substitute. The sweetness level is up to you, go with the lesser amount and add small amounts until you get a balance of salty and sweet you like.
6 T ponzu sauce
5 T rice vinegar (not seasoned)
3 T sesame oil (not toasted)
3 T extra-virgin olive oil, or other vegetable oil
1/2 t soy sauce
1 t – 3 t sugar
1 t toasted, crushed sesame seeds or gomasio, optional
1/4 t salt, exclude if using gomasio
ground black pepper, to taste
1. Combine all ingredients in a jar or bowl. Shake or whisk until blended.