Sesame Miso Vinaigrette
This sumptuous vinaigrette is the addictive combination of the salty, umami-filled miso and the nutty, penetrating sesame oil. It has a hint of sweetness from the mirin and maple syrup. Lime juice and rice vinegar round out this universally beloved dressing.
- 2 Tbsp red miso paste (substitute white if you want a less intense miso taste)
- 2 Tbsp mirin
- 1 Tbsp maple syrup
- 1 Tbsp rice vinegar (sometimes called rice wine vinegar)
- 2 tsp sesame oil
- ½ lime, juiced
- kosher salt, if needed, to taste
In a small saucepan, heat the mirin and miso paste on medium-high heat, whisking continuously until the mixture begins to simmer.
While whisking, add the lime juice, maple syrup, rice vinegar, and sesame oil.
Bring the mixture to a boil and reduce the mixture until it has reduced and deepened in color, about 5 minutes.
Remove the mixture from the stove and let it cool for about 5-10 minutes. Transfer to a small pitcher or gravy boat to serve.