Chinese Island Dressing

Garden salad with ripe green heirloom tomatoes, buckwheat sprouts, dairy and egg-free herbed focaccia, and Chinese Island Dressing


Lazy Acres Market in Santa Barbara, CA is like Whole Foods but with a lot more zing. One of their features is a salad bar with lots of salad dressings, one of them gluten-free "Chinese Island Dressing." The Lazy Acres ingredient list specifically calls out San-J wheat free "soy sauce". This version of Chinese Island Dressing has one additional major ingredient that complements the dressing and kicks it up a notch. If you don't like white miso paste, just leave it out. This dressing was put into an empty honey bottle because honey is a major flavor.

Chinese Island Dressing
Amount Measure Ingredient
2 ounces
Unseasoned rice wine vinegar
3 ounces
Sesame oil (We used Trader Joe's toasted sesame oil)
2 ounces
Sake (The cheap stuff from Trader Joe's works just fine)
1 ounce
San-J organic wheat free tamari sauce (We use the reduced salt variety)
1 each Tablespoon and teaspoon
1-1/2 teaspoons
Dijon mustard
1/2 to 1 teaspoon
Ground ginger
1 teaspoon
Garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon
Freshly ground black peppercorns
1 pinch
Dry red pepper flakes (like you put on pizza) or cayenne powder
1 Tablespoon
White miso paste (optional)
1/4 teaspoon
Dry hot Chinese mustard powder

Put into a bottle and shake very well to mix. Let it sit for a few hours at room temperature to marry. Refrigerate after using. Dressing separates in the refrigerator, and the sesame oil will congeal. Shake well befor using.