Maple Tahini Salad Dressing is a rich and creamy dressing and dipping sauce made without oil or processed sugar. It's so flavorful you’ll want to put it on everything from salads to roasted vegetables.
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Easy dressing recipe. It's so easy to stir up homemade dressings -- you don't even need a food processor. Once you try it, you may never buy grocery store dressings again.
Simple ingredients. There’s nothing but wholesome ingredients in this easy tahini salad dressing recipe.
Delicious dipping sauce. This homemade tahini sauce recipe isn’t just for salads. It’s also a really yummy dipping sauce for fresh or roasted vegetables.
Tahini. Creamy tahini is a smooth paste made from ground sesame seeds. Kind of like peanut butter, only with sesame seeds. It adds a creamy nutty flavor to this tahini salad dressing recipe.
If you don't have tahini, cashew or almond butter may be a good substitute for tahini in this recipe.
Pure maple syrup. Tahini has no sugar in it, so maple syrup adds sweetness to this tahini salad dressing without processed sugar.
Dijon mustard. Dijon gives this tahini salad dressing the tang it needs.
Orange juice and zest. Orange zest and freshly squeezed orange juice brighten up this delicious dressing.
To get the most juice from your orange, roll it on a hard surface to break up the membranes. You can substitute lemon juice and zest or lime juice and zest, if you wish.
Minced garlic. You can substitute garlic powder for fresh garlic.
Red pepper flakes. Tahini is a very simple ingredient with a neutral flavor profile. Red pepper flakes give it a little kick. You can also use cayenne pepper. For a mild substitute, you can use paprika or chili powder.
Step by step instructions
In a small bowl, whisk together the tahini, maple syrup, Dijon mustard, minced garlic, red pepper flakes, salt, pepper, and orange zest.
Add the orange juice a couple of tablespoons at a time until the tahini salad dressing reaches your desired consistency. If necessary, add a little water to thin it even further.
Use this delicious maple tahini salad dressing on your favorite salads, or as a drizzle over sweet potatoes or Roasted Potatoes and Green Beans, or as a dipping sauce for any roasted vegetables.
It is easiest to stir separated tahini when it is at room temperature.
Roll the orange before juicing to loosen up the membranes so you get more juice.
If you make this tahini salad dressing ahead of time, it may solidify in the refrigerator. Let it come to room temperature, and, if necessary, add a little warm water before drizzling it on your favorite salad.
Some tahini is made from just one ingredient: sesame seeds. Others may include oil and salt.
Tahini has a mild, nutty, earthy flavor that, not surprisingly, tastes like sesame seeds. The flavor is also similar to almond or cashew butter. It has a smooth, creamy texture with a thinner consistency than peanut butter. Because it has no sugar, it’s not sweet like some nut and seed butters.
The first time you open a new jar of tahini, it will most likely be separated. Stir it before refrigerating it, as it will be difficult to stir when it is cold. If it separates while sitting in the refrigerator, leave it out until it comes to room temperature and stir it.
Some folks suggest dumping it into a bowl and stirring or using an immersion blender, storing it upside down to get the hard, settled paste to the top, or microwaving it in short bursts before stirring. I’ve never tried these, I use a butter knife or fork to break up the paste and stir, stir, stir.
Yes! You can make the tahini dressing a few days ahead and store it in a covered jar in the refrigerator. It will thicken as it gets cold, so let it come to room temperature before serving. If it's still too thick, add enough water to reach your desired consistency.
There are several good substitutes for tahini, it just depends on what you’re using it for. Some of the best tahini substitutes include nut butters like almond butter or cashew butter, seed butters, even Greek yogurt.
Tahini is a versatile ingredient that works well in both sweet recipes and savory dishes. Use tahini in veggie dips, sandwich spreads, creamy sauces for falafel, gyros, and buddha bowls, homemade salad dressings for a simple salad of romaine lettuce, kale salad, or any green salads, pasta salad recipes — even smoothies, ice cream, and brownies.
Yes, once opened, tahini needs to be stored in the refrigerator.
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Maple Tahini Salad Dressing
- ¼ cup tahini
- 1 ½ tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 orange, juice and zest
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- salt and pepper
- In a small bowl, whisk together the tahini, maple syrup, Dijon mustard, minced garlic, red pepper flakes, salt, pepper, and orange zest.
- Add the orange juice a couple of tablespoons at a time until it reaches your desired consistency. If necessary, add a little water to thin it even further.
- Use this delicious maple tahini salad dressing on your favorite salads, or as a drizzle over sweet potatoes or Roasted Potatoes and Green Beans, or as a dipping sauce for any roasted vegetables.