I created this recipe out of my love for all things miso, sweet and savory. Looking for an oil-free alternative to my “Good Good Sauce”, I came up with this recipe that uses just a few pantry ingredients that can be tossed in a jar, shaken and served.
Sweet and Savory Maple Miso Mirin Dressing
A sweet and savory Asian inspired dressing for salads or marinating tofu and vegetables.
- 2 tablespoons white or yellow miso paste
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons mirin
- 2 tablespoons Bragg’s Liquid Aminos (or low sodium gluten-free soy sauce)
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 1 teaspoon ground chia seeds
- ½ teaspoon fresh grated ginger or paste
- ½ teaspoon minced garlic
- red pepper flake to taste
- ½ teaspoon toasted black sesame seeds optional
Add all ingredients to a jar, and shake until combined. Let rest in the refrigerator or at room temperature for 10 minutes to allow the dressing to thicken.
When looking for ways to use this dressing, I started rummaging through my fridge, and low on greens, I settled on some beans, lentils, and brown rice. The resulting salad was so good, that I made it two more times in the same week. This salad is a great way to get your beans in, and to help you use up any leftovers you have hanging out in your fridge.
Lentil and Rice Salad with Sweet and Savory Maple Miso Mirin Dressing
Quick and easy bean and rice salad that uses my famous Sweet and Savory Maple Miso Mirin Dressing
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup cooked green or brown lentils
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup cooked brown rice
- 1/2 cup frozen or fresh green peas
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup cooked white beans or black-eyed peas
- 2 tablespoons minced onion
- 1 batch Sweet and Savory Maple Miso Mirin Dressing
- slivered almonds
- 1 teaspoon black sesame seeds (optional)
Toss the ingredients together. Serve immediately, or allow to rest and develop flavors.