Japanese style salad with mizuna and onion dressing

Japanese style salad with mizuna and onion dressing

Today, what we’re gonna be doing is making a Japanese-style salad dressing. One of my favorites because it has onion!

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Sometimes, I like to put a little bit of chicken in, or a protein, like tofu, into the salads to make it a complete meal

But today, we’re just gonna do it as a side dish.

Sometimes, I also put in some lemon zest to give it a little bit more of a lemony kick.

We also put some honey in for some sweetness

Sometimes, I use a little bit of brown sugar or white sugar, depending on my mood

The predominant flavor is there with a little bit of tang from the lemon juice, as well as the rice vinegar. And very light. We used extra virgin olive oil for a little bit of a kick.

Have you made a salad dressing with onion before, onion and soy sauce?


Japanese style salad with mizuna and onion dressing

Japanese style salad with mizuna and onion dressing




  • 1 small Onion
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp mirin
  • 1 tbsp Lemon juice
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp 5-peppercorn blend


  • avocado (quartered)
  • cherry tomatoes (chopped)
  • cucumbers (sliced)
  • Mizuna or Japanese mustard greens
  • walnuts (crumbled)


For the dressing:

  1. Put olive oil, onion, rice vinegar, mirin, soy sauce, lemon juice, and honey into a food processor.
  2. Blend until everything is incorporated.
  3. Add pepper to taste.
  4. Put the dressing into a container for future use.

For the salad:

  1. Assemble the mizuna in a salad bowl.
  2. Add sliced cucumbers, chopped tomatoes, and avocado.
  3. Add nuts (optional)
  4. Drizzle the dressing over the salad
  5. Serve and enjoy!

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