Ginger Miso Salad

March 21, 2012

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes: Easy, refreshing, healthy, and delicious! It's the perfect mix of sweet, salty, and savory. Perfect as a side dish, or an entree with some grilled fish or chicken on top.Wild + Whole

Food52 Review: This is a refreshing salad that will have your taste buds dancing with the perfect combination of flavors and textures. A sweet and spicy ginger miso vinaigrette coats a salad of greens, caramelized onion, pear and salted cashews. If you're not a fan of onions, I would recommend adding half the amount. Save the leftover vinaigrette -- it will be good on just about anything! jvcooks

Serves: 2 as a meal, 4 as an appetizer


Ginger Miso Vinaigrette

  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons miso paste (I like brown, but use white for a more mild flavor)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, peeled and finely grated
  • 1 small clove of garlic, grated
  • 4 drops of sriracha sauce (or to taste)
  • 3 tablespoons sesame oil


  • 1 handful mixed field greens
  • 1 head of butter lettuce, chopped
  • 1 Asian pear, thinly sliced
  • 1 handful roasted and salted cashews
  • 1 medium red onion
  • 1 splash red wine vinegar
  • pinches sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste
In This Recipe


Ginger Miso Vinaigrette

  1. Mix all ingredients in a small bowl, and slowly whisk in the sesame oil until well blended. *Note, you will not need to use all of the dressing for the salad. It packs a punch!


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a sauté pan over medium heat. Add the red onions and begin to caramelize. When they begin to dry out a little add a splash of red wine vinegar and sugar. Season with thyme, salt and pepper.
  2. Toss the salad together with greens, pear, cashews, caramelized red onion, and drizzle with the Miso Ginger Vinaigrette.

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Reviews (7) Questions (2)

7 Reviews

Olivia S. March 25, 2018
This was delicious!! Everyone I served had seconds.
Alicia September 3, 2016
We love this dressing and use it all the time!
Author Comment
Wild +. September 5, 2016
Hannah December 15, 2015
My boyfriend, who has never asked for more than one helping of salad in all of the time I've known him ate 3 portions and commented in all seriousness "this is the best salad I've ever had"

Needless to say it was fantastic. Thanks!
Nomnomnom March 16, 2015
Thumbs up! The dressing is great and destined for regular rotation in our house. Ps I added extra ginger because we like it that way. Nice.
Megan May 7, 2014
Love this salad. I've made it many times and it is always so good.
LisaJ May 12, 2013
My husband is allergic to sesame - any ideas for substitutes?