Dressing for Chinese Chicken Salad

"This is a lower-fat clone of "Trader Joe's" sesame dressing that I devised for my sister. It is still as tasty as the original and is much better (less worse) for you."
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Ready In:
2 cups, about




  • **Note:Gum tragacanth is an emulsifier and will keep the dressing from separating too much.
  • It is not absolutely necessary for the recipe, but it makes everything stick together much better.
  • If you can't find it, substitute 1 Tsp pectin powder, but at the pectin to the vinegar, not the oil.
  • Combine oils and gum tragacanth in blender on high speed.
  • Return oil mixture to measuring cup.
  • Add all remaining ingredients, except sesame seeds, to blender, and mix on high until well combined.
  • With blender running, add oil in a slow stream until dressing is emulsified.
  • Add sesame seeds, and pulse a couple of time to mix.
  • Pour dressing into a covered jar, and refrigerate at least one hour, until ready to use.
  • Makes about 12 3-Tbsp servings.
  • Serving Suggestion: Good on any salad, but especially good on mixed greens, topped with diced poached chicken, chow mein noodles, and toasted slivered almonds.

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  1. Finally made this yesterday because I desperately needed to have Chinese Chicken Salad. I used the blender and put pectin, vinegar, sugar, soy sauce and dry mustard and whirled it up. Then added the oils and whirled again. I did adjust a couple of things, first, I thought 3 tablespoons of toasted sesame oil would taste too strong so reduced that to 2 tablespoons. Glad I did because it had plenty of flavor from the oil. I also did not use any salt but increased the soy sauce by 1 tablespoon to a total of 3 tablespoons - I was also using lower sodium soy sauce. Once I added the dressing to the jar I added the sesame seeds and shook it. The pectin definitely helps to keep it from separating. Thanks for posting - yummy!


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