Nona's Japanese Ume Dressing


This ume (plum) vinaigrette recipe is made with umeboshi (pickled plums). Pickled plums are commonly used in Japanese cooking, showing up in all things sweet and savory.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
10 mins
1 cup


  • ½ cup vegetable oil

  • ¼ cup chopped onion

  • ¼ cup rice vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds

  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger root

  • 1 tablespoon minced umeboshi

  • 1 ½ teaspoons lemon juice

  • 1 teaspoon white sugar, or more to taste

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ground black pepper to taste


  1. Combine oil, onion, vinegar, sesame seeds, ginger, umeboshi, lemon juice, sugar, salt, and pepper in a blender. Cover and purée until smooth, about 30 seconds.


Look for umeboshi in the refrigerated section of specialty grocery stores or Japanese markets.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

133 Calories
14g Fat
2g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 133
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Sodium 473mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 1mg 5%
Calcium 14mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 24mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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