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.