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 the 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 pureed. Chill.
Tidbits Be sure to mince the onion, celery, ginger, and garlic before blending, This will give your dressing the proper consistency.
Makes 1 3/4 cups.
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