Mirin & sesame salad dressing with chicken & lychees – Plus Ate Six

If you’re a fan of Asian flavours I’m guessing you’ll already have everything you need for this light, fresh & tangy mirin & sesame salad dressing. The salad is all up to you!

I have to admit most of the time a squeeze of lemon and a glug of good quality olive oil is enough for me when it comes to dressing a salad. Throw in a handful of dill and/or coriander and a good grind of salt and pepper and most days I am done.

On those days though when I’m thinking of Asian flavours there is one dressing I use over and over again and it’s this Mirin & Sesame Dressing. Apart from chopping up a chilli {which is totally optional}, it’s just a matter of whisking everything up together and drizzling over your salad.

It’s a lovely dressing to have in your repertoire and it’s perfect to jazz up leftovers from a roast – chicken, pork or beef would all work.

Lychees are in season at the moment and we can just about plunder a huge bunch in one go – that would be around forty lychees maybe! Occasionally a large bunch will defeat us and I’m left with a handful of stragglers on the plate.

A couple of weeks back I had the best part of half a roast chicken leftover and after a quick walk across the road to the little supermarket to pick up sugarsnap peas, bamboo shoots {already topped and tailed don’t you love that?!}, a few radishes and some herbs  I had dinner ready in …..not very long.

I’m afraid this is a bit of a vague ‘recipe’ – the salad dressing will be enough for a large salad for 4 people and the rest of the salad is up to you.

Go in any direction you want to depending on how much time and effort you want to put into it – a BBQ chicken from the shop and a bag of interesting salad leaves would work with a chopped apple or pear or segmented orange perhaps.

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Mirin & sesame dressing

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A simple Asian-inspired salad dressing comes together with a few pantry staples. I’m leaving the salad quantities vague – the dressing is enough for a large salad for 4-6 people.


Cuisine: Salad

Serves: 2-4


  • Mirin & sesame dressing
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp mirin
  • ½ tsp raw sugar/ maple syrup/ brown rice syrup
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp sesame oil
  • ½ small red chilli finely sliced {optional}
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds
  • Chicken & lychee salad
  • leftover chicken from a roast
  • sliced apple, pear or lychees
  • handful each mint and coriander leaves {leave whole}
  • couple of handfuls mangetout, sliced
  • bamboo shoots
  • 2 Lebanese cucumbers, peeled and sliced


  1. Whisk or shake all the dressing ingredients up together until the sugar {if using} dissolves – it will separate if left standing so just whisk together again before pouring over the salad.


If you like Asian flavours you might like this Thai hot sweet & sour dressing too which would work just as well with leftover from a roast.

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