I have to admit, I am not a huge fan of the food at Japanese Steak Houses. I like the theatricality and all, but I think the food is a bit plain. The steak is usually so-so and the rice is good, but never anything real special. I do however, LOVE the salads with the ginger dressing. I could go to these restaurants and have nothing else but the salad and I would be happy – albeit starving in about an hour.
So last week when I was trying to come up with a different salad to have with a stir fry, I thought I would try my hand at making a ginger dressing that was still pretty healthy. I found several different recipes, but they all seemed to have a lot of oil in them. I knew I could cut back on the oil and still have some great flavor. I think I came up with a very good solution that made me feel like I was at a Japanese Steak House…without the boring meat and flying knives. BTW, did anyone see the “How I Met Your Mother” episode at the Japanese Steak House? Barney is the best….
Anyways…..we have a nice little Indian grocery store on the way home from my office and I picked up some garlic and ginger paste the last time I went. This is also where I found Citric Acid which goes in the Magic Lemon Water. It is such a fun place to shop because I always discover new things. Anyways, these pastes are found in many Indian dishes, but I have used them quite a bit when I need some quick garlic or ginger flavor in dishes. I thought that the ginger would be great to use in this dressing because the paste would be nice and smooth in the dressing. I also used the garlic paste which worked out great in here. You can adjust the ginger to your taste.
Speaking of ginger, we always keep a four pack of good ginger beer on hand at our house. Ginger beer is the best when someone in the house has an upset stomach. I drank many diet ginger ales when I had morning sickness while pregnant with my girls and I also became a big fan of ginger tea and ginger pops. If you haven’t discovered ginger as a way to settle your stomach you should really try it next time you have tummy troubles. I swear by it.
- 2 tablespoons of olive or canola oil
- 3 tablespoons ketchup
- 2-3 tablespoons ginger paste
- 1 tablespoon garlic paste
- ½ teaspoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
- 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
- dash of salt
- 1/t tsp celery seed
- Combine all ingredients with a whisk until thoroughly combined. Adjust the ginger to your taste. Serve over salad greens with carrots, cucumbers and tomatoes. Enjoy!