Korean Gochujang Salad Dressing

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This Gochujang salad dressing recipe comes paired with a versatile seasoning rub, primed to infuse a myriad of ingredients with an extra punch of flavor. The bold umami notes of Korean chili paste intertwine with tangy rice vinegar and subtle hints of honey sweetness. This dressing isn't just flavorful—it can effortlessly elevate ordinary greens into culinary marvels. Transform your salads with this exceptional blend, a true celebration of the vibrant essence of Korean cuisine.

Recipe Description

Drizzle this dressing over crisp greens or stir-fried vegetables for an instant flavor boost, or use it as a zesty semi-hot sauce to enliven any meal. For a delectable fusion of Korean-inspired goodness, pair it with oven-roasted cauliflower, tofu, or cabbage seasoned with the versatile Gochujang spice rub.

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Korean Gochujang Salad Dressing Ingredients

Everything you need to make gochujang salad dressing.

  • Gochujang: Gochujang is a Korean fermented chili paste that boasts a unique balance of spicy, sweet, and savory flavors. If you don't have access to Gochujang, you can substitute it with a mixture of red pepper flakes, soy sauce, sugar, and a bit of miso paste or chili powder. While this may not perfectly replicate the complex flavor profile of Gochujang, it will still add a similar level of heat and depth to your dishes.

    Miso Paste: Miso paste is a traditional Japanese seasoning made from fermented soybeans, often combined with rice or barley and salt. It adds a rich umami flavor to dishes and is commonly used in soups, marinades, dressings, and sauces. If you're out of miso paste, you can substitute it with soy sauce mixed with a pinch of sugar or honey to mimic its salty and slightly sweet flavor. Keep in mind that this substitution won't provide the same depth of flavor as miso paste, but it can still enhance the taste of your dish.

Test Kitchen Notes

  • Gochujang Paste Consistency: Depending on the brand, gochujang paste may vary in thickness. Adjust the amount used in the dressing based on personal preference and desired spiciness.

    Customization: Feel free to customize the dressing by adjusting the ratio of ingredients to suit your taste preferences. Add more maple syrup for extra sweetness or increase the amount of grated ginger for a stronger flavor profile..

    Storage: Store any leftover dressing and seasoning rub in airtight containers in the refrigerator. The dressing will keep well for up to a week, while the seasoning rub can last for several weeks. Always give them a good stir or shake before using, as they may separate over time.

    Enhanced Flavor: For a more pronounced flavor, allow the dressing and seasoning rub to sit for at least 30 minutes before use. This allows the ingredients to meld together and develop a richer taste profile.

    Versatile Usage: Beyond salads and stir-fries, get creative with how you use these condiments. The dressing doubles as a dipping sauce for dumplings or spring rolls, while the seasoning rub can elevate grilled meats or seafood with its bold flavors.

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Prep time 10mins
Serves or Makes: 1 cup

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ingredients

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons gochujang paste
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
  • 2 spring onions, chopped

Method

  • Step 1

    In a bowl, whisk together all of the dressing ingredients: gochujang paste, toasted sesame oil, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar. Ensure they are well combined.

  • Step 2

    Drizzle the dressing over salads, stir-fried vegetables, or use it as a semi-hot sauce.