Applebee's Oriental Dressing

"Not only on a salad, I am fond of this (at room temperature) on barbecued veggie kebabs."
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Ready In:
1/2 cup




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Questions & Replies

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  1. Donna D.
    Does anyone know how long it will last in the fridge?
  2. Kay S.
    Calories in dressing


  1. croftminor
    I worked at Applebee's for 6 years and this recipe was pretty spot on. To get the consistency of the Applebee's dressing, add a little more sesame oil and take out the honey and sub 3 tablespoons of sugar diluted in a tiny bit of water.
    Loved this recipe! I am on a no carb, no sugar diet at the moment so I substitued the honey for 3 tbls Splenda diluted in a bit of water and light Mayo.<br/><br/>Perfect!<br/><br/>Thank you
  3. britniaimelacuisine
    This turned out really well (eating it right now). Can't say it totally like the Applebees dressing, but close (trust me, I have that salad EVERY time I go to Applebees, no exception). The thickness is fine. I added some sugar (about a teaspoon) and some salt in addition to the ingredients and I thought it tasted better. Next time I make it, I will use only sugar, as the flavor of honey is too strong and doesn't really taste like the dressing should. Overall its delicious as its own dressing, but not really THE applebee's dressing. My advice is go with this recipe and change it as you like! Experimentation is the best part of cooking, anyway. :)
  4. cali_love
    Very close flavor to Applebee's. I think Applebee's has a thicker consistency, though. <b>TIP: </b>Let me share a secret of mine.... For those of you who don't have rice wine vinegar, you can use regular white vinegar-- after diluting it. For every 2 tbsp of white vinegar, add 1 tsp of water. Since this recipe just calls for 1 1/2 tbsp of rice wine vinegar, just discard the extra.
  5. Ilysse
    I've made this dressing many times. I'm sorry I've neglected to review it. We love this dressing and it is my go-to dressing when I make a side salad to any Asian inspired meal, whether Chinese or Japanese. I make a lot of both and this just sort of fits with all of it. I usually whip it up in my magic bullet and store the leftover in the fridge. If it is made it gives us a good reason to have salad or cut up veg to dip in it (vs. chips or other not so good for you snacks).<br/><br/>When we used to go to Applebees (the prices have gotten out of control) I'd frequently have this salad. It is nice to be able to make it at home. Now, I can use grilled chicken and my favorite greens and leave off the nuts for my husband. I see some say it isn't exactly like the restaurant but it has been too long for me to judge. This is close enough and even better because I don't have to pay those high prices. <br/><br/>Thank you for posting this easy go to dressing.


  1. nanohalloran
    Double the sesame oil and Add a drop of almond extract. Perfect match!!!!
  2. Lyndi W.
    I tweaked a tweak, so here we are. 3 tbsp granulated sugar 1/2 tsp water 1.5 tbsp rice vinegar 1/4 tsp toasted sesame oil - stir together until sugar dissolves 1/4 cup blue plate mayo 1 heaping tsp dijon mustard 1 pinch fine kosher salt 1 pinch powdered ginger
  3. Deb S.
    Made this as directed and it tasted good! But, there are some of us that just can't resist the temptation to tweak! ;-) I had some frozed ginger in the freezer so I added a few passes on a fine grater plus a dash of reduced sodium soy sauce. This may be my new favorite Oriental/Asian dressing. Thanks for the inspiration!
  4. chef FIFI
    Really great flavor. I was just a little leary because of the fat and carbs, but a dressing of this nature is not going to be fat free and carb free ( cant have my cake and eat it too!) I did substitute the rice wine vinegar for apple cider vinegar and I didnt have sesame oil so I grinded up some sesame seeds.


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