Miso Dressing

By: Dorine Lam, RDN, MS, MPH


  • ¼ cup raw organic almonds or cashews, presoaked
  • ¼ cup fresh organic lemon juice
  • ¼ cup cold-pressed sesame oil
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ white sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. miso
  • 1 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. maple syrup


  1. Blend almonds, lemon juice, and oil until smooth.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until very smooth. There should be no lumps when finished.

Note: Refrigerate in an airtight glass container for up to two weeks.

Miso DressingYour gut is home to trillions of bacteria known as gut flora. When your gut flora is healthy, you are able to digest your food efficiently, extract nutrients effectively, produce vitamin K, and process fiber. In short, a healthy gut flora means a healthy you.

However, if you take antibiotics or fall ill, some of these bacteria can be killed off, which can cause a number of digestive ills. Because a significant portion of your immune system response begins in your gut, when your gut flora is unhealthy, you find yourself more vulnerable to illness and infection.

Miso paste is a type of soy that is fermented with bacteria similar to the ones found in healthy gut flora. When your gut flora suffer, eating miso can help repopulate your digestive tract with these beneficial bacteria. During the fermentation process, the bacteria begin breaking down the soy, essentially beginning the digestion process for you.

Soy was once thought to be a miracle food and a critical part of a vegetarian or gluten free diet. It was thought that low rates of certain cancers in Asia were the result of a diet high in soy. Recent research has shown unfermented soy not to be the superfood it was once thought to be. The health benefits enjoyed in Asia are not due to eating soy, but to eating fermented soy. Fermented soy is a whole different type of food, as far as your digestive tract is concerned. In fact, the bacteria involved in fermenting miso can help you create many of the nutrients you need to keep your energy levels up.

Maintaining the health of the gut also has a great effect for sufferers of adrenal fatigue. A healthy gut microbiome alleviates or avoids symptoms of adrenal fatigue such as leaky gut or irritable bowels. A stable gut environment also reduces stress from the energy expenditure of ingesting and digesting food. Most remarkably, the gut and brain are closely linked, with gut health playing a direct role in cognitive clarity and mental function. Keeping a healthy population balance of microorganisms in the gut creates a happy gut environment. This in turn contributes to a happy brain to alleviate effects of anxiety, depression and brain fog common among adrenal fatigue sufferers.

Miso has been a staple in Asia for centuries, but has only recently gained attention in the Western world.. Miso is particularly soothing when you are unwell. Miso alkalizes the body and keeps the immune system strong to help you ward off illnesses and infection.

Miso is a nutritional powerhouse with vitamins B12, B2, E, K, choline, tryptophan, iron, calcium, potassium, protein, and fiber. The protein in miso contains all of the amino acids needed to be considered a complete protein. This is unusual among plant based foods, which is why it is such a vital component of a vegetarian diet.

Soy contains lecithin, which is used in many foods and beauty products as an emulsifier. This means it helps maintain an even distribution of water and oil within the product. Emulsifying substances have a unique molecular structure that attracts water on one end, and oil on the other. Lecithin dissolves fat and cholesterol and may help regulate kidney and liver function. Miso also contains linoleic acid, an essential fatty acid that helps keep your skin healthy and soft.

Miso Dressing