Spicy Salad Dressing - Korean Gochujang Vinaigrette

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  • 5 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1/2 cup dressing (3 servings)
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This is an amazing dressing for salads and I 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.

What You'll Need

  • 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)

How to Make It

  1. Whisk all dressing ingredients together until well combined.

Some Health Benefits of Spice and Chili Peppers from WH Foods:

Chili Peppers Fight Inflammation:

Chili peppers contain a substance called capsaicin, which gives peppers their characteristic pungence, producing mild to intense spice when eaten. Capsaicin is a potent inhibitor of substance P, a neuropeptide associated with inflammatory processes.

The hotter the chili pepper, the more capsaicin it contains.

Capsaicin is being studied as an effective treatment for sensory nerve fiber disorders, including pain associated with arthritis, psoriasis, and diabetic neuropathy. When animals injected with a substance that causes inflammatory arthritis were fed a diet that contained capsaicin, they had delayed onset of arthritis, and also significantly reduced paw inflammation.

Chili Peppers Boost Immunity:

The bright color of red chili peppers signals its high content of beta-carotene or pro-vitamin A. Just two teaspoons of red chili peppers provide about 6% of the daily value for vitamin C coupled with more than 10% of the daily value for vitamin A. Often called the anti-infection vitamin, vitamin A is essential for healthy mucous membranes, which line the nasal passages, lungs, intestinal tract and urinary tract and serve as the body's first line of defense against invading pathogens.

Health Benefits of Vinegar from SF Gate:

“Vinegar contains essential nutrients that are important for healthy digestion, food metabolism and energy production. All vinegars, particularly organic types such as apple cider vinegar, which are less filtered and processed, are beneficial for heart, blood vessel, nerve and muscle health. These include vitamins A, B-complex, C and E and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus and sodium.

Nutritionist Julie Daniluk recommends taking a tablespoon of vinegar with each meal. You can dilute this with water or juice to make it easier to drink.

Drink unprocessed varieties such as organic apple cider vinegar that are higher in minerals and vitamins and still contain remnants of the yeast mother that is used to distill it.

Drinking a tablespoon of vinegar before going to bed can help to regulate blood glucose levels at night. Vinegar supplements are also available in capsule form; ensure that you are taking the correct dosage as instructed on the label. However, it is important to consult your doctor or nutritionist before taking vinegar in any form to treat any type of condition.”