Asian salad dressings typically go on Oriental salads. These dressings are made with classic Asian ingredients, such as rice wine vinegar, sesame oil and soy sauce, ginger, garlic, scallions and honey. Vinaigrette-style Asian salad dressings are oil and vinegar based, while creamy versions are thickened with egg yolks or mayonnaise.
In most Asian salad dressings, sesame, olive or peanut oils are blended or whisked together with vinegar, usually rice wine, to form a vinaigrette. In creamy versions, emulsifiers such as mayonnaise, egg yolks and Dijon mustard are added to homogenize the vinegar and oil. Spicy ingredients like ginger, garlic and red pepper flakes balance out the sweet flavors of sugar or honey.