japanese carrot salad dressing
I'm pregnant and currently avoiding vinegar, but I really miss salad. The carrot dressing you get in a Japanese restaurant doesn't bother me at all and I really love it. Can anyone recommend a store brand? I know that the NY Times had a recipe for it last week, but if I could buy a bottle to keep at work in the fridge, it would be a big help. When I get my energy back I will try from scratch. Nearby I have Wegman's, Trader Joes, and Whole Foods. I'm in the Philly area.
Thanks from me, my stomach and the kid!
It has been my experience that the orange dressing you get at most Japanese restaurants is ginger, not carrot. I've never run into somewhere with carrot.
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Naturally Fresh Ginger Dressing is a nearly spot-on match to what you get at Benihana. It does contain carrots (third ingredient after soybean oil and water). It comes in 12oz jars in the refrigerated section of your grocery store - I usually find it next to the prepackaged lettuce mixes. It is addictive and my kids all love it as well.
The flavor you are probably looking for is mirin. Blend some with a carrot and fresh ginger, maybe some sesame oil. I would bet that there is rice wine vinegar in that dressing, which is one of the milder forms of vinegar, so you could probably use that.
There's a brand called Jo's Japanese Dressing; it comes in a ginger and a miso flavor. I'm in New York Ciy, and I find it at Fairway. Its made by The Magic Bean Company. Their website might list outlets in your area. www.magicbean.com
This is a pretty good product, but doesn't come close to the Mark Bittman recipe you mention from the NY Times.... I've made it several times already. Very quick to put together. I keep it refrigerated in a squeeze bottle. Do give it a try when you're feeling up to it!