This Asian inspired Tamari Lime Dressing is a perfect recipe to amp up any salad recipe you may have. The citrusy goodness of the lime mixed through with the umami tamari is an excellent gluten free option.
When creating a salad dressing, we always have to keep in mind balancing the flavours not only in the salad dressing itself but how it complements the ingredients in the salad. At the end of the day, you want to kill the salad with the dressing.
When there are sweeter ingredients, like fruit in our savoury salads, we do like to balance it with a more savoury salad dressing. Our Tamari Lime dressing is perfect for that.
What is the difference between tamari and soy sauce?
Made from fermented soybeans, tamari and soy sauce are dark salty liquids popular in flavouring Asian dishes. They pretty much look identical on the supermarket shelf. However, there are some subtle differences between flavour, consistency and usage. However, the main difference is the presence of wheat in soy sauce. Tamari, also sometimes known as gluten free soy sauce, does not contain wheat.
In cooking, tamari is commonly used more as a sauce base or for dipping as it has a thicker consistency and a bolder flavour than soy sauce. We do prefer to use tamari for sushi. The darker caramel undertones are also great for creating Japanese soup bases.
In this very simple dressing, we mix tamari, lime juice, olive oil and rice malt syrup together for a tangy dressing loaded with umami. Rice malt syrup is used as it is suitable for our vegan friends but otherwise honey would work as well. If you don’t have tamari, you can replace it with light soy sauce however, then this will no longer be a gluten-free salad dressing.
The tamari and lime dressing will keep when refrigerated and is great with savoury salads with fruit, simple leafy green salads, cold soba noodles or steamed fish.
Tamari Lime Dressing Ingredients
Olive oil: Add some good olive oil for the salad to soak up.
Lime: Inject some citrusy goodness to highlight the other flavours in the recipe.
Organic rice malt syrup: Usually made from brown rice and also commonly known as brown rice syrup. Great alternative to honey for a vegan recipe. Lundberg, Organic Brown Rice Syrup is a good place to start.
Tamari Lime Dressing Method
In a small jar, add all the ingredients – tamari, lime juice, rice malt syrup and olive oil together. Shake well and serve.
The tamari and lime dressing will keep when refrigerated and is great with leafy green salads or cold soba noodles. If you don’t have tamari, you can replace it with light soy sauce however, then this will no longer be a gluten-free salad. Tamari can be easily bought at most supermarkets.
Organic rice malt syrup is also easily accessible in the health section of your local supermarkets. It is derived from brown rice and is a great vegan sweetener used in place of honey. However if you don’t have rice malt syrup, honey works well too.
Best Salad for This Dressing
A quick vegan salad that is super vibrant salad with sweet watermelon, and apple, fresh herbs and buttery pine nuts. The savoury tamari lime dressing adds depth and amplifies the sweetness of the salad, making it deliciously perfect for summer entertaining.
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Tamari Lime Dressing
- 1½ lime, juiced
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1½ tbsp tamari
- 1 tsp organic rice malt syrup
- In a small jar, add all the ingredients – tamari, lime juice, honey and olive oil together. Shake well and serve.
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