Japanese East Meets West Vinaigrette ...aka Secret

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 0 mins

In the Japanese language, the characters for "wafu" are East-West. This dressing is a western-style cream based dressing with an eastern flair...hence it is known as a "wafu dressing" or "East meets West Dressing." In short, this is a Japanese-esque recipe for salads and dipping that I've been making for over 20 years. For some reason, most savory wafu recipes (dressing or not) combine the flavors of soy and sesame oil. I actually like the combination here! The original recipe calls for making the mayonnaise from scratch and then adding the other ingredients. I prefer making this using commercial mayo because I the kids will go through quarts of the stuff on their salad. I usually double the recipe to last us a week. It's almost a crime, but very tasty to dip california rolls into this. Just do it secretly, and it'll be fine. Actually, "wafu" does not mean east meets west. It means "Japanese style". East/west would be wayo - wa for Japanese and Yo for European or Western. Wa is the character for Japanese, and fu is the character for "style". or "in the style of" fu is also the character for wind.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine all ingredients and chill well before using.
  2. Use over sturdy salad or as a dip for your sushi rolls. We also use it to dip chicken fingers into.


Most Helpful

This was great! Very easy to put together. The only problem I had was that the onion flavor was way too strong. It may be that my onion was more harsh tasting or too big, so next time I'll cut back a bit or leave it out. I also used a low fat mayo to cut back on the calories. Thanks for a great recipe!!

C. Taylor January 24, 2008

So easy to make and so tasty. I have been using this to spread onto tortillas before adding meat or whatever to make tortilla wraps. Really wonderful with turkey. Drizzled over tomatoes from the garden. I can see why your family goes through so much of it in a week!

duonyte September 22, 2007

Love this! Super easy. I put the onions in my food processor and whirred them until they were about pureed and then added the rest of the ingredients and pressed go. I used fat free mayo and most of all loved this with steamed cold green beans.

ladypit September 21, 2006

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