Friday, 31 May 2013

My Favourite Salad Dressing

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Very often, usually on Mondays and Tuesdays especially after a weekend of eating out, I will make a big bowl of salad for hubby and myself for lunch.  

It is our way of "detoxifying" after consuming mostly msg-laden food.  Come monday morning, my system would feel sluggish and my palate dulled from overly flavoured food.  Then I would normally hit the gym for a double back-to-back classes and then come home and make a big batch of salad and a sandwich. 

I like to use the following ingredients for my salad - hard boiled eggs, ham, japanese cucumbers, cherry tomatoes and avocado.  Combined with this light and zesty salad dressing, it makes a wholesome and filling lunch.  The best thing about the salad dressing is it uses all common, everyday ingredients and takes no time to make.  

It is not my own creation; I definitely have seen this recipe from some cooking/blogger's website many moons ago, but for the life of me, I just can't remember where.  So unfortunately I can't give credit where credit is due.

When I first tasted this dressing, it reminds me of Japanese wafu dressing, another of my favourite.  You can make a big batch of this dressing and keep for up to 4 days in the fridge.  

My Favourite Salad Dressing
Serves two generous portions

Salad suggestion;
  • Two japanese cucumbers, sliced cross diagonally
  • 2 hard boiled eggs, quartered
  • 1 ripened avocado, pitted, peeled and cubed
  • 12 cherry tomatoes
  • 1 large slice of ham, shredded
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame seeds

For the dressing;
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tsp vinegar
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • Generous dash of white pepper

1.  Make sure the cucumbers, tomatoes, avocado and ham are all nicely chilled before you assemble the salad.

2.  Put all the ingredients into a large salad bowl.  Assemble the dressing.

3.  Toss everything until evenly coated, topped with a sprinking of toasted sesame seeds and serve immediately.


  1. This sounds wonderful Esther, I love to hear about other people's favorite dressing, thanks for sharing!

  2. Love the salad and the dressing, Ether! Simple but healthy and delicious.

  3. Esther, I will try this salad dressing. I remember eating the Japanese salad with wafu dressing and I liked it a lot.

  4. That salad looks very tempting , Esther ! Simple yet full of delicious flavor ;D

  5. Esther, my body will happy to have this kind of healthy and detox salad on every Monday! :)

  6. Hi Esther! Love this dressing. Umami from soy sauce makes everything delicious; and just 1 tsp. of oil, great. I hate oily dressings; it takes away the freshness of the salad.

  7. Hi Esther ,
    You really know how to eat and 'jaga badan'.
    No wonder you looks so good:D
    Like this salad and the dressing a lot.
    Can I drop by next Monday to join you for this...LOL


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