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10 Homemade and Healthy Salad Dressings

Ginger Ponzu Sauce
Fresh ginger makes this sauce come alive.
Fresh ginger makes this sauce come alive.

Taking a step back from the traditional, we have a ginger ponzu dressing. What is ponzu, you may ask? It's an easy-to-make citrus-based sauce, usually combining soy sauce and acid, like lemon or lime juice and vinegar. You then add extra flavor, based on your personal preference; ingredients like sake, fruit juice and ginger go well in a ponzu sauce.

Ginger ponzu uses the basic ponzu recipe and then adds -- well, you guessed it -- ginger! For the ginger, crush it in a garlic press or just mince a bit. If you're really watching your sodium, you can even choose a low-sodium or light soy sauce. Regardless, the end result is a perfect mix of tangy and tart, sweet and salty.


  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon crushed, peeled, fresh ginger

Mix together and you're ready to go.

This dressing wins a triple crown because it is simple, tasty and versatile. It works well on an Asian salad, and can also be used as a marinade or dipping sauce.