maple tahini dressing
This Maple Tahini Dressing. Ohmygoshitissogood. You will die. Not literally. I promise! But you may actually believe you have died and gone to heaven when you try it. It is vegan, gluten-free and paleo.I wasn’t even going to share this maple tahini dressing until Friday, but I couldn’t wait, because it is THAT good. I’m not exaggerating. (Who, me? I never do that.) Seriously, Salad month is throwing me into a bit of a tizzy, my friends. “What is Salad Month?” you say. If you’re new around these parts, first of all, welcome. Second, then you may not know that this is the fourth year that I am blogging all about salads for the entire month of May. Four Mays worth of salads—that’s a lot of salads!
But I’m telling you, I am just getting warmed up. When I was planning out my month, I kept wishing for more days. More time! More salad! You’d think all this salad excitement would be old hat for me by now. But nooooo. I am just as excited as ever, and I’ve added in a bunch of extra Wednesday posts so I can get to all the salad goodness that needs to happen in your kitchen, my kitchen, every kitchen. This vegan tahini dressing. It needs to be everywhere! Okay that may be a bit much.
What is Tahini?
Tahini is slowly becoming more and more popular in the US, so you may have heard about it even if you’ve never used it. Tahini is a paste made from sesame seeds that’s extremely popular in Middle Eastern dishes. (Essentially, it’s peanut butter that’s been made with a different type of seed). If you’re from the US, you’ve likely tried one tahini-laden dish already without realizing it—hummus! Hummus is made with lots of tahini and chickpeas (the tahini is what gives hummus that special umami flavor).
With that said, tahini can be used in both sweet and savory dishes. It’s great in desserts like halva and nougat, mixed into dressings like the one I’m sharing with you today, incorporated into stir-fries and marinades, or eaten on its own as a dip.
Ways to Serve This Maple Tahini Dressing
So now you may be thinking, okay, so this is salad dressing. Not an actual salad. So I have some serving ideas for you. And I will be back next week with an amazing Vegan Power Salad that it can be poured on!
Some ways you could enjoy this vegan salad dressing are to serve it with mizuna, cucumbers, napa, daikon and toasted sesame seeds. Or you could swap it in for the sesame dressing in this Shrimp and Edamame Power Salad in a jar. You can also toss it with quinoa and chopped sautéed veggies to keep things super simple.
How to Store Maple Tahini Dressing
This vegan tahini dressing keeps in the fridge for up to a week in a tightly sealed container. Some separation may occur, but that’s totally normal! If your tahini dressing separates a bit, just give it a good shake before pouring it onto your salad. Also, this dressing will pour more easily if you let it rest on the counter for a few minutes before using it (the oil may seize up in the fridge and sometimes needs time to thaw so it’s easier to serve).
More Easy Salad Dressing Recipes:
If you love this salad dressing, you’ll definitely want to check out my salad dressing collection.
If you want to look back through the archives, here are the Salad Month Posts I’ve shared over the years.
This Maple Tahini Dressing is vegan, gluten-free and paleo. It’s ready in just 10 minutes and tastes wonderful atop salads or as a dip for veggies!
- 1 small clove garlic, peeled and grated
- ½ cup avocado oil or organic canola oil
- ¼ cup tahini (sesame paste)
- 3 tablespoons white vinegar
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup, dark or amber
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper or white pepper
- Puree garlic, oil, tahini, vinegar, maple syrup, salt and pepper in a mini prep or in a jar with an immersion blender or whisk together by hand in a medium bowl.
- Serving Size: 1 Tablespoon
- Calories: 74
- Sugar: 2 g
- Sodium: 58 mg
- Fat: 8 g
- Saturated Fat: 1 g
- Carbohydrates: 2 g
- Fiber: 0 g
- Protein: 0 g