Carrot-Ginger-Miso Dip/Dressing (vegan)

Here is a recipe for a carrot-ginger-miso dip that is just like the carrot and ginger dressing you get at Japanese restaurants! This multi-use dip/dressing/marinade has bright flavors from the ginger and carrot, and savory and tangy flavors from the miso and rice vinegar. If you’re looking for a vegan dip idea, try this out!

the inspiration behind this carrot ginger miso dip

since i’m begrudgingly trying to do the vegan before 6 lifestyle/meal plan/thing, i bought mark bittman’s vegan before 6 cookbook.

this carrot miso dip is from that book , but i’ve made a few tweaks, outlined below.

I intellectually know that vegan food is just plant based cooking, but mere idea of restriction makes me sad. Luckily, this dressing/dip/marinade is so flavorful, you won’t even be mad that it’s vegan.

how to make carrot ginger miso dressing at home

The original recipe just calls for combining everything in a food processor and then it’s done. But i think the carrots benefit from being softened a little.

So, I recommend first steaming the carrots lightly in a microwave or par-blanching them in a pot of boiling water. Then throwing it all together in a cuisinart or vitamix. Simply pulse to combine, adding in miso, rice wine vingear, and a little bit of fish sauce if that’s your swag, and then serve. 

Here is another of one of my favorite dip recipes – a kale yogurt dip. Also if you’re a fan of low-waste/full-use cooking, here’s a simple steamed carrot recipe that makes use of the full carrot!

Carrot-Ginger-Miso Dip/Dressing

Mimi Newman
This carrot-ginger-miso dip has a lot of flavor for being plant-based! The miso really adds a punch and the ginger and carrot go perfectly together.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 7 mins
Course Dips + sauces
Cuisine Vegan
Servings 8
Calories 14 kcal


  • 1 bag of baby carrots
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 inch ginger peeled
  • 2 tablespoons miso
  • 1/4 cup light rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon mirin optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  • in the microwave, steam the baby carrots + water for about 2 minutes on high until the carrots are softened a little
  • transfer to a food processor and pulse to combine with the rest of the ingredients
  • serve with crackers, sliced cucumbers, sliced peppers, or use as a salad dressing, or use as a glaze for grilled vegetables, tofu, chicken or meat


Serving: 2ozCalories: 14kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 177mgPotassium: 9mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 172IUCalcium: 2mgIron: 1mg
Keyword ginger carrot dressing, ginger carrot miso dip, ginger carrot miso dressing, vegan dip
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