Benihana Ginger Salad Dressing
Before your meal at the Benihana chain of hibachi grill restaurants, you are served a side salad doused in this tangy, slightly sweet, fresh ginger dressing. When spooned over a simple iceberg lettuce salad this easy clone transforms your bowl of greens into a great start for any meal. Making the dressing is as simple as dumping the ingredients into a blender, whizzing it up, and popping it into the cooler to chill. I've seen many attempts to duplicate this coveted formula, but I think my original Benihana ginger salad dressing copycat recipe presented here comes closer to the real thing than any other recipe floating around cyberspace.
Source: Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 2 by Todd Wilbur.
- 1/2 cup minced fresh onion
- 1/2 cup peanut oil
- 1/3 cup rice vinegar
- 2 tablespoons water
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
- 2 tablespoons minced celery
- 2 tablespoons ketchup
- 4 teaspoons soy sauce
- 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend on high speed for about 30 seconds, or until all of the ginger is puréed. Chill.
Tidbits: Be sure to mince the onion, celery, ginger, and garlic before blending to give your dressing the proper consistency.
Makes 1 3/4 cups.
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