I discovered this unique recipe by Pete Scherer on the Food52 website. He had always loved making his own Caesar dressing, the proper way, but with a Vietnamese-American wife, he altered his recipe to include Asian ingredients. For example, he substituted fish sauce for the anchovies!
There isn’t any Parmesan included in this Vietnameser dressing recipe, but it can be included depending on your salad choice.
From the author: “Just like standard Caesar dressing, this variation is excellent with any kind of protein, from shrimp to chicken to hard-boiled egg. For a Southeast Asian alternative to croutons, try pan-frying shards of rice paper in a bit of oil until they puff and crisp, then scatter them on top of your dressed salad to add a pleasant crunch.”
The eggs and this dressing were wonderful together, as was the crunchy vegetable salad. I can’t wait to make a similar salad with salmon!
1 small nub fresh ginger
1 clove garlic
1 large egg yolk
1 tablespoon kewpie mayonnaise
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
2 teaspoons Vietnamese fish sauce (nuoc mam)
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons finely chopped cilantro
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Use a microplane to grate the nub of ginger and garlic clove. If you don’t have a microplane, use a knife to mince them as finely as possible. Add the ginger and garlic to a pint jar with a lid. Add the remaining ingredients to the jar, then close the lid tightly.
Shake vigorously for one minute to emulsify. Season with salt and pepper to taste. I added some chopped cilantro on top for more color.
Drizzle over salad, or use as a dip for crudité.
These flavors are so wonderful. A perfect salad dressing recipe.
I used it on similar vegetable salads for a few days in a row, and I can’t wait to make it again!
I really like the idea of adding ginger and fish sauce. The salad looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing the recipe.
If you make this dressing, you will be mad that you haven’t discovered it sooner!
Oh how delicious! All those flavours together in a dressing sound utterly addictive
I hope you really try this, because it is outstanding! I’ve already made it another time.
Sounds delightful Mimi. I’m sure the ginger and sesame oil add a great deal of flavor!
And the salads that go with this dressing are really endless…
A world of possibilities!
This looks terrific — familiar, yet quite, quite different. I almost never use kewpie mayo — it’s good, though, so I should. Neat recipe — thanks.
I’ve already made this a second time. It’s so good with just about any kind of salad!
Bookmarked. My daughter just requested that I buy some Kewpie mayonnaise. This dressing & salad look terrific.
You’ll love it. I’ve already made it again.
I love the Vietnamese twist on Caesar salad dressing. It has both creaminess and umami.
Exactly! It was so good.
I adore Vietnamese food and I can tell from the ingredients that this dressing would be delicious. Great combination of flavours. Thanks for sharing this one Mimi.
You are so welcome. It’s such a great share!
what a wonderful and tasty dressing this is, mimi. I love kewpie! and the other flavours too.
This guy knows his ingredients!
I am salivating reading the ingredients! One day I will succumb and purchase a bottle of kewpie mayonnaise :)
It’s got a little more zing than regular mayo. You could try regular and add some vinegar to it – that might do it!
What a fun twist on a classic! I do love Caesar dressing, and the thought of putting an Asian twist on it for this salad is quite tempting. It’s not even breakfast time here yet, but I’m craving a big plate of salad now!
Well you have good taste! This was so so good.
I’m so happy to hear that we are not the only one that has a thing for Kewpie Mayo. Love that stuff and your delicious dressing recipe. Can’t wait to make it.
I love that stuff! And it does add some extra zing to this dressing.
What a great idea! When I first saw your post, I thought, “oh dear, is that a typo?” The play on Caesar to Vietnameser is so clever and your pictures (as usual) are stunning and eye-catching! I don’t think I’ve ever seen Kewpie mayonnaise. Is it merely a different brand, or is there something special about it that I could replicate?
I’ve never looked into how Kewpie is different, but to me it has a zingier taste, like a bit more vinegar. But it’s so good I’d try some – I get mine from Amazon of course. I wouldn’t use it in a giant potato salad, I’d stick with a good mayo, but in small amounts it really stands out.
This sounds like a dressing with lots of great flavor for all those spring and summer salads! :)
Definitely. It would really go with so many different salads, but lots of slaws and veggie salads with chicken or salmon… so many options!
I love this combination — though have never had Kewpie mayo. I’m sure it’s available at our Asian market. I’ve wanted to try it for a long time. By the way, I’m always interested in finding salad dressings to serve with Asian meals. Thanks!
This one will do it! I’m about to make it a third time for company tonight. Of course I always like the basic ones with rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, ginger, peanut oil, Tabasco…
Another really worthwhile recipe, Mimi. I love the “look” of it a well as the taste profile. :-)
It’s so good. I just made it a third time last night for a friend!
If I hadn’t read your introduction, I would never have thought this dressing has any connection to Caesar salad dressing! However, it sounds really good, and definitely worth trying. :)
I know – it’s a little bit of a stretch, especially without the Parm, but it’s really good!
Lynne hates anchovies. I have to leave it out of my Caesar dressing. I never thought of using fish sauce instead.
This dressing is so good – I made it a third time last night! She should love it.
I always look for new dressings and this one looks intriguing.
You’ll love it! I promise!
Talk about flavor, Mimi! From the ginger to the garlic to the mustard to the sesame oil and cilantro! And the beautiful colors in your salad make this a dish that I want NOW! Thank you for this delicious recipe.
You are so welcome! I’ve now made it a third time!
Love this dressing! specially that Kewpie, fish sauce and sesame oil combo.
It’s so good! Hope you get a chance to make it!