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carrot ginger salad dressing

On Thursday I had a jar of olives, box of spinach and can of club soda staring at me from the fridge. My fruit basket displayed 4 lonely bananas, 2 wrinkly mangos and going bad but I will keep you lime. What is for dinner? What IS for dinner, really? This question along with next question once dinner is on a plate “What is THIS?” are pulsating in my head 24/7. Many days I am already stressed about dinner the minute I wake up. I’m not going to sit here and pretend that me, a person who runs a clean eating food blog for a living, has it all figured out. And you, all working away from home moms, just do not know the secret and let me show you the secret, a recipe with a secret ingredient.

Yesterday I was on Foodgawker for a reason I can’t remember and one recipe stated “This secret life changing recipe has one secret ingredient you would never guess” something like that shit. WTF?! Seriously?! What else we don’t know?

carrot ginger salad dressing

After that I got so unreasonably quietly mad, I went to my Bloglovin’ and deleted all blogs that didn’t exhude (I Googled this word) honesty, inspiration and passion. Most of them are medium-big blogs. A few weeks ago I started googling clean eating blogs run by girls who I can relate to and share experiences. So, I added a few from a very large amount of looked at blogs.

What is wrong with people in 2016 by not replying to comments on their blogs or messages? Like who are you and what are you blogging for? Honestly, it pisses me off this race for money with blogging and copying each other. Ugh, so so so bored. What are you even talking about on your blog among 10 essentially the same photos. Like what is the point? Ugh. So that is bad news.

carrot ginger salad dressing

Good news is there are blogs I enjoy to read and find these girls truly amazing. And guess what?! They are not huge million page views blogs (well some are) but rather inspirational down to Earth women.

My favourite blogs to read: Vera’s Cooking, Refreshed and Fit, Aggie’s Kitchen, Back to Her Roots, Errter’s Place, Foodess, He and She Eat Clean, Sarah Fit, Walnut Avenue, Cafe Delites, Olga’s Flavour Factory and The Seasoned Mom. I mean a pleasure to read and look at!

carrot ginger salad dressing

Now that my rant is over let’s return to my carrot ginger salad dressing. I had a bag of organic baby carrots along with club soda, olives and spinach in the fridge. And this Japanese restaurant style dressing came to mind. I do remember buying it in a styrofoam container, from Japanese restaurant years and years ago when we lived in Calgary. Back then I was a student, Alex barely made enough money as a graphic designer to support 2 of us, we had no kids. Japanese restaurant and this dressing was a treat. Now, we can afford to go out 4 of us for a $60 dinner. We don’t do it more than once every few months because I can cook and am still frugal.

So…now, I suspect chefs use miso paste in their version and I have one BUT I assumed many of you wouldn’t so I made this recipe without it but rather with soy sauce (liquid aminos in my case).

Aaaaaaand I poured it on top of one secret ingredient dinner you would never guess haha. You will love this frozen vegetables stir fry! Don’t go to Costco just yet.


Carrot Ginger Salad Dressing

Carrot Ginger Salad Dressing


  • 1 cup carrots (baby or chopped), raw
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce (I used Bragg’s liquid aminos)
  • 2 tbsp white or rice vinegar
  • 4 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 inch piece ginger
  • 2 tbsp raw honey or maple syrup
  • 1 tsp onion powder


  1. In a high-speed blender or food processor, add all ingredients and process until smooth.
  2. Storage Instructions: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to a week. Shake well before serving.

Nutritional Info

Servings Per Recipe: 7

Amount Per Serving = 4 tbsp:
Calories: 71.1
Total Fat: 4.0 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 488.8 mg
Total Carbs: 8.9 g
Dietary Fiber: 0.6 g
Protein: 1.1 g
WW Points+: 2

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  1. Dana

    I just deleted a bunch of blogs recently, too! Why read something that irritates you? I am so happy with that decision. I have a question about this yummy dressing…are the carrots raw or cooked? thanks and keep up your great work!😊

    • Olena

      Raw. Great question. I just added that.
      I am glad I am not alone. I think the amount of marketing messages we are bombarded with today is more than we can handle so we have to pick and choose what to pay attention to. I became very raw recently. I think it is lack of patience because of kids plus there is so much info out there, I need to read something useful worth my precious time. I can’t stand fake, just can’t even listen to it. I just can’t.

    • Olena

      You would like this one. I know your style. Yeah I do not buy any. Even organic ones. I went to the store tonight and funny enough out of all shelves in the natural/organic aisle the dressing one was the emptiest.

  2. Robin M.

    I made this dressing last night. It tasted just like the ginger dressings from the Japanese restaurants. I made shrimp and tofu Szechuan and salad. Thank you for the recipe.

    • Olena

      Yay! Now I am going to google what is Szechuan.:) Btw, I added the leftovers of the dressing to my split pea soup yesterday and it was great. I just had too much with all the testing and was afraid it would go bad. I can’t let organic ginger go to waste!


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