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Tahini Miso Dressing

by The Devil Wears Salad

Combine the age old Middle Eastern sesame paste with the Japanese fermented soybean paste and you’ll have yourself a heavenly salad dressing recipe. Perfectly simple to create at home and oh so yum!

Tahini Miso Dressing

When you combine two flavoursome ingredients such as tahini and miso together, what do you get? One explosive salad dressing that is super delicious.

Miso paste is a staple in Japanese cooking. Made from fermented soya beans, miso paste is full of umami flavour and a super versatile ingredient. Don’t think it’s just for miso soup! There are lots of mouthwatering ways to use miso paste to uplift the flavour and add depth including vegetables, seafood, tofu and chicken.

Miso paste is salty. No doubt about that. So when you use it in your cooking, you need to balance the savoury flavours well. In our Tahini Miso Dressing, we harmonise the miso paste with maple syrup, lemon juice and a little extra virgin olive oil. With added tahini, it creates a creamier consistency with another level of nuttiness.

This is a rich, moreish kind of salad dressing that we love and would work well with vegetables like roasted cauliflower, sweet potatoes and eggplant. And why not try this creamy salad dressing in a fresh shredded coleslaw for a healthier version over a mayonnaise based dressing.

Tahini Miso Dressing Ingredients

Tahini: Love this thick sesame based paste that has been around in the culinary world for the longest time. Get some hulled tahini such as Baron’s or Soom Foods, as it won’t be as bitter as the unhulled tahini.

White miso paste: This is quite a stock standard Asian grocery item so you should be able to find it in the Asians ection of your regular supermarkets. Hikari is our go to brand. To use up the miso paste, look up recipes for miso glazed salmon or nasu dengaku, which is miso glazed eggplant. Great for a midweek meal.

Extra virgin olive oil: Nothing beats a good olive oil, so essential for salad dressings.

Maple syrup: Love a good splash of maple syrup to give the recipe some sweet notes. If you have it, get a deep dark maple syrup for a robust taste such as 365 by Whole Foods Market.

Lemon: As always, we use the juice of a lemon to add citrusy notes and to cut through the strong flavours of the miso and tahini. Just a touch of tartness works really well with these ingredients.

Water: Warm water works best to get the tahini and miso pastes to play nice and work well together to combine.

Tahini Miso Dressing Method

In a small bowl, add tahini, miso paste and warm water and mix well together to combine. Tahini and miso paste are thicker in consistency so using warm water will help dilute it and create a smoother paste. If you prefer a thinner consistency, adjust with a little more water.

Add extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice and maple syrup. Mix tahini dressing until well combined.

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Tahini Miso Dressing

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Tahini Miso Dressing
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5 from 8 votes

Tahini Miso Dressing

Combine the age old Middle Eastern sesame paste with the Japanese fermented soybean paste and you’ll have yourself a heavenly salad dressing recipe. Perfectly simple to create at home and oh so yum!
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Salad Dressing
Cuisine: International
Keyword: Dressing
Dietary: Dairy Free, Egg Free, Gluten Free, Nut Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Food Group: Fruit, Sauce/Vinegar/Oils
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 127kcal
Author: Sammy Eng

Ingredients

  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • tbsp olive oil, extra virgin
  • 2 tbsp water, warm
  • tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 1 tsp white miso paste

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, add tahini, miso paste and warm water and mix well together to combine.
    Tahini and miso paste are thicker in consistency so using warm water will help dilute it and create a smoother paste. If you prefer a thinner consistency, adjust with a little more water.
  • Add extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice and maple syrup. Mix until well combined.

Equipment

Whisk Small
Mixing Bowl
Mason Jars
Measuring Cups & Spoons

Nutrition

Calories: 127kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 59mg | Potassium: 53mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg
Tried this recipe? We’d Love To See It!Mention @thedevilwearssalad or tag #thedevilwearssalad!
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Tera September 10, 2020 - 10:47 am

5 stars
My bestie loves tahini! I’ll have to make this for her. It looks delicious!

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The Devil Wears Salad September 15, 2020 - 10:39 pm

Your bestie and me both. LOL! Enjoy!

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Taleen | Just As Tasty September 10, 2020 - 11:53 am

5 stars
Everything about this dressing sounds delicious! Can’t wait to try!

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The Devil Wears Salad September 15, 2020 - 10:39 pm

Right? What’s not to love?

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Kay September 10, 2020 - 5:18 pm

5 stars
I love homemade dressings, this was so quick and easy to prepare. Tastes AMAZING thank you.

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The Devil Wears Salad September 15, 2020 - 10:40 pm

We do too! Buying salad dressings is so wasteful I find. I never finish them before they go out of date. Glad you liked it!

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Amanda Marie Boyle September 10, 2020 - 8:19 pm

5 stars
Sounds so good and looks so easy. Can’t waitt o try. And that salad looks great too!.

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The Devil Wears Salad September 15, 2020 - 10:40 pm

It is easy! Give it a try and let us know how you went!

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Faith Still September 10, 2020 - 10:59 pm

5 stars
Looks delicious. Love homemade salad dressing.

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Angela September 11, 2020 - 1:21 am

5 stars
I love this Tahini miso dressing thank you

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The Devil Wears Salad September 15, 2020 - 10:41 pm

Thanks Angela! Glad it was good for you.

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Liz September 11, 2020 - 8:59 am

5 stars
Omg this sauce is incredible! Thank you for this recipe, excuse me while I lick the salad bowl.

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The Devil Wears Salad September 15, 2020 - 10:41 pm

Hahaha Liz! Comment of the week!

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Magali September 11, 2020 - 9:52 am

5 stars
I have been looking for a straight forward Tahini miso recipe. This is a no fuss straight to the point recipe that i need. It looks so creamy but not too heavy. Thank you for the recipe!

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The Devil Wears Salad September 15, 2020 - 10:42 pm

Thanks Magali and that is exactly what we’re aiming for. Glad it ticked all the boxes for you.

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