easy salad dressing recipe

I RECREATED THE BENIHANA SALAD

IT IS IDENTICAL

OMG OMG OMG OMG

So looking at past recipes you’ll see that I am an absolute whore for Benihana. It is my favorite. Everything is wonderful. I’ve pretty much figured out all of their secrets but the last was this salad and I CRUSHED it! And after plugging it into MyFitnessPal I discovered that this is vegan, AND low carb as well at 3.1g net carb per serving (makes 5 fairly large servings) and only 118 calories.

¼ cup minced yellow onion
¼ cup peanut oil
¼ cup chopped carrot
1/6 cup rice vinegar
1 tbsp minced celery
1 tbsp tomato paste or ketchup
1 tbsp white miso paste
½ tbsp ginger
2 Tsp soy sauce
1 Tsp white sugar (could try Splenda?)
1 Tsp lemon juice
¼ Tsp minced garlic
¼ Tsp salt ¼
Tsp pepper

Ok, the ingredient list is long but it is so easy once you have it all together. I just threw it all in my NutriBullet (or food processor), pulsed it a few times until well blended, and done! Added it to an iceberg lettuce mix from Trader Joe’s and added some chopped cucumber… Literally identical to Benihana’s! 

3g net carb….. 11g fat

With so many delicious salad dressings on the shelf, I hesitated for a long time to make my own. It seemed like a high cost and high effort for something someone else had already done. That was until I realized- they haven’t perfected it and I was spending more money buying a whole bottle of dressing I often didn’t like than I would to buy the ingredients to make it my own. Honey Mustard was the biggest offender. Sometimes it’s phenomenal and sometimes it’s just awful haha. So rather than try out yet another brand searching for that one that would be just right, I decided to finally sit down and create my own. I started with small quantities of each ingredient until I got the ratio just right. This is a very basic recipe and you can add whatever flavors you like (sesame seeds or garlic powder are both good additions) and play with the ratios. I used much less vinegar than most recipes because I wanted something less acidic but if you like more tang go ahead and add more! Start with this and then adapt it to fit your personal taste. That’s the true beauty of homemade, it’s exactly what YOU want, YOU like, and YOU will enjoy eating! :)