Spicy Salad Dressing - Korean Gochujang Vinaigrette

Gochujang vinaigrette
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  • Total: 5 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1/2 Cup Dressing (3 Servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
305 Calories
14g Fat
41g Carbs
7g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1/2 Cup Dressing (3 Servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 305
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 17%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1106mg 48%
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Protein 7g
Calcium 148mg 11%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This is an amazing dressing for salads and we especially love to use it on soba salads and cold shrimp and chicken dishes. Since every gochujang has a different spice profile, adjust the amount you use to the type of gochujang you buy. This information is usually on the gochujang label. This vinaigrette recipe is for a medium-spiced version, so your lips will be burning if you use a very spicy variation.

This recipe is excerpted from my cookbook Cooking with Gochujang, Asia's Original Hot Sauce, published by Countryman Press.


  • 2 tablespoons gochujang
  • 1 tablespoon​ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons​ rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons​ soy sauce
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)

Steps to Make It

  1. Whisk all dressing ingredients together until well combined.

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