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Sesame Shiitake Vinaigrette and Asian Radish Salad

Even though the sky blesses us with showers everyday, behaving like it’s April, I know it’s really summer. I know because yesterday we got our first CSA delivery. Hot damn—here comes a summer’s worth of recipe inspiration. Already, bright pink-red Cherry Belle radishes and a bag of wild baby greens inspired this simple healthy copycat sesame shiitake vinaigrette and Asian radish salad.

Sesame Shiitake Vinaigrette and Asian Radish Salad

One of my girlfriends loves Annie’s Sesame Shiitake salad dressing. We were talking about the cost of bottled dressings and how they can wreak havoc on grocery budgets. So I mixed up this homemade copycat dressing. 

This copycat sesame shiitake vinaigrette tastes a lot like her fave. In fact, she says this flavor combination of roasted sesame oil, shiitake mushroom and tamari soy sauce tastes better the purchased version!

dressing ingredientsSesame Shiitake Vinaigrette

You don’t need anything besides lettuce greens to showcase this winning salad dressing. Though you will love how the carrot ribbons and radishes in this salad marry with the vinaigrette’s flavors. Our farm share box included not-too-spicy Cherry Belles, so I used them.

A last minute sprinkle of tiny dark green nori seaweed continues the melody of Asian flavors.

Our radishes were attached to gorgeous green leaves. I turned those radish greens into this Red Lentil and Sweet Potato Curry—which includes garlic scapes–also in this week’s box.

CSA goodies, radishes and greens

I’m also making this garlic scape and mess-o-greens pesto with those curlicue garlic scapes this week. Hmmm—I love CSA time of year!

Sesame Shiitake Vinaigrette and Asian Radish Salad

Sesame Shiitake Vinaigrette and Asian Radish Salad recipe notes:

  • Sesame seeds stale quickly. Taste your sesame seeds for freshness and replace older seeds that have gone rancid. I bought unhulled sesame seeds from our small local natural food store bulk bin.
  • I found dried shiitakes at our local supermarket. You can order them online here. Same with the toasted sesame oil. Easy to find, but can be ordered online.
  • Many commercial salad dressings contain xanthan gum, a powder that makes liquids more viscous (so they stick easily to lettuce.) It also acts as an emulsifier, keeping the oil and vinegar from separating right away. It’s a fairly harmless additive, a bacteria, like yogurt or blue cheese, grown on (usually corn) sugars. Xanthan gum is used in many gluten-free recipes; Bob’s Red Mill sells it in a huge bag. To use up a bag you’ll need to make this vinaigrette a million times, or go on a gluten-free baking spree. I add xanthan gum to my copycat recipe but it’s certainly not a crucial ingredient.
  • We use recycled empty glass commercial salad dressing bottles for our homemade dressing. I’m thinking these retro style bottles would look really cool in photos…

dressing ingredients for Sesame Shiitake Vinaigrette

You will also love this other copycat salad dressing—Roasted Red Pepper Vinaigrette.

Make it a fabulous week–get in the kitchen and mix up a pretty salad with this dressing!

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4.67 from 3 votes
Sesame Shiitake Vinaigrette and Asian Radish Salad
Sesame Shiitake Vinaigrette with Asian Radish Salad
Prep Time
20 mins
Total Time
20 mins

This delicious sesame shiitake dressing goes with all variations of fresh leafy salad greens and crisp vegetable. Makes 1 3/4 cup dressing. Plenty for a week's worth of salads.

Course: Salad, Salad Dressings
Cuisine: Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: #healthy #saladrecipes #shiitake #sesame #saladdressings
Servings: 2 cups
For the vinaigrette:
  • 2 dried shiitake mushrooms
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sesame seeds
  • 1 cup avocado or grapeseed oil
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons tamari soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons reserved mushroom soaking water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum powder , optional (see note)
The salad:
  • 4 radishes , trimmed and washed
  • 1 carrot , peeled
  • Sesame Shiitake Vinaigrette , as needed
  • 4 handfuls mixed salad greens
  • 1/4 sheet nori (Japanese seaweed)
The vinaigrette:
  1. Put the mushrooms in a small bowl and cover with boiling water. Let soak until the mushrooms are soft, about 10 minutes. Toast the sesame seeds in a small skillet, stirring until they are golden in color. Remove from the heat so they don’t burn.
  2. Drain the mushrooms, reserving 3 tablespoons of the soaking water. Trim and discard the stem; chop the mushrooms.
  3. In a blender jar, put the oil, vinegar, soy sauce, reserved soaking water, sesame oil, the chopped mushrooms and xanthan gum, if using. Whir about 10 seconds, just until the mushrooms are tiny pieces. Add the toasted sesame seeds and blend a few seconds more.
  4. Store in a glass jar, refrigerated.
Assemble the salad:
  1. Chill 4 salad plates. Slice the radishes thinly. Using a vegetable peeler, peel thin ribbons from the carrot stick.
  2. Pour about 2 tablespoons of Sesame Shiitake Vinaigrette into a mixing bowl. Add the greens, gently tossing so they are lightly coated. Divide between the chilled plates.
  3. Pour another tablespoon of dressing into the bowl. Toss the radishes and carrot ribbons until lightly coated. Arrange on top of the greens. Cut the nori strips in slivers and sprinkle on top of the salad. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

Xanthan gum is an optional ingredient--definitely not crucial to the flavor of the vinaigrette or the finished salad.


  • […] I am finally reading this important book thanks to recorded books on CD. Did you know that xanthan gum, used in many of our favorite store-bought salad dressings, is likely made from corn? So much to […] Reply · 10 January, 2011

  • I so support “copycat’ bottled dressing because it doesn’t matter what your culinary skills are – you can make dressing. Bottled dressing is often filled with stuff you don’t really wanna eat. GREG Reply · 11 June, 2015

    • Letty

      Here here Greg. My hubbie likes his Paul Newman but I make him buy the only ONE without sugar. And then he splits the dressing into 2 bottles–adds 8oz of V-8, balsamic and (more than one) clove of garlic. And more black pepper. I kinda like it buy prefer my homemades for quality oil. Reply · 12 June, 2015

  • […] P. S. You might also like this sesame shiitake salad dressing. […] Reply · 12 June, 2015

  • Love the strips of nori. Reply · 13 June, 2015

  • Thanks for this recipe! I’ve added it to the Farm Fresh Feasts Visual Recipe Index by Ingredient, a resource for folks who love to eat from the farm share.
    I appreciate it! Reply · 18 June, 2015

    • Letty

      Appreciate you back Kirsten! Reply · 18 June, 2015

  • […] might also like this Sesame Shiitake Vinaigrette, or this Maple Pecan […] Reply · 31 December, 2015

  • […] You might also want to check out my other Annie’s copycat vinaigrette recipe–Sesame Shiitake Vinaigrette! […] Reply · 17 May, 2016

  • Cascadian

    I’m a huge fan of Annie’s Sesame Shitake Vinagrette but not such a fan of not knowing what oil I’m eating (the ingredients list on Annie’s isn’t specific). I just made your recipe with avocado oil, and it turned out great! Thank you so much for sharing. Reply · 28 January, 2018

    • Thank you! I am stoked you like the recipe! Reply · 29 January, 2018

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