Gingery, garlicky tahini miso dressing only needs five minutes and five ingredients to make, right in your blender!
What I love about tahini miso dressing is that it can be a dressing or a dip.
Pour it over basically any food you want. I like it on salads, over roasted vegetables, even stirred into soups to add a little creaminess and umami power.
As a dip, it is perfect alongside fresh veggies. The possibilities are basically endless.
Ingredients and substitutions
This recipe just uses a handful of ingredients but is bursting with flavor!
- Tahini gives this dressing a creamy texture. You can use almond butter instead of tahini for a similar dressing experience that's very delicious!
- Miso paste brings saltiness and umami to the table. You can use any variety of miso that you like.
- Seasoned rice vinegar adds a little sweetness and acid to this recipe. You can use regular rice vinegar, lemon juice, or lime juice instead, but it will alter the flavor.
- Fresh garlic and ginger add a flavor punch! Feel free to reduce the amount of ginger for a less spicy dressing. You can use more garlic, but I'd taste the dressing first. Raw garlic is very strong, and you can always add, but you can't take away. You can also use an equivalent amount of ground ginger and garlic powder, if you don't have fresh.
- Water thins the dressing to a pourable consistency. You start with a quarter cup and go from there.
What I love about this dressing -- besides that it's versatile and delicious -- is that it's ridiculously easy to make. It mixes up in under five minutes in your blender!
To make it, just add all of the ingredients to you blender, and blend until completely smooth.
For a dip, the quarter cup of water the recipe calls for should be perfect. If you want a more pourable dressing, though, add more water by the tablespoon until you get the texture you need.
How to store and serve tahini miso dressing
Store your dressing in an airtight, glass container. It will keep for five to six days in the refrigerator. I do not recommend freezing this dressing!
Here are some serving suggestions for you:
- Dip fresh veggies in it as a snack or party appetizer.
- Spooned it over roasted potatoes and broccoli.
- Drizzle it onto your next green salad for a healthy, oil-free dressing.
- Dress up a grain bowl.
- Marinate tofu in tahini dressing before you bake it. Make sure to use parchment paper!
Ready to make some tahini miso dressing? Grab your four ingredients, get yourself a bowl and a fork, and whisk up a batch today, y'all! You won't regret it!
- No need to mince the garlic or ginger! Your blender will do the work for you.
- Start with the low amount of water and go from there. Tahini can vary a lot in thickness from brand to brand, so the amount of water you need can vary a lot.
- Please be sure to stir your tahini well! Tahini separates, and if you don't stir, you will end up with very thin dressing, because the solids will all be at the bottom of the jar in your fridge or pantry.
5-ingredient tahini miso dressing
- ½ cup tahini
- 2 tablespoons miso paste - Whatever type you like!
- 2 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar - or rice vinegar or lemon or lime juice
- 1" piece fresh ginger - or 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 2 small cloves garlic - or 1 large clove, or 1-2 teaspoons garlic powder
- ¼ cup water - or more, as needed to reach your desired consistency
- Combine all of the ingredients in your blender, and blend until you have a nice, smooth dressing. Add more water by the tablespoon, as needed, to reach your desired consistency. Some tahini can have a more bitter flavor that comes through in the dressing. If your dressing tastes bitter, add a teaspoon or so of maple syrup to balance it out. Blend and taste again.
Frequently asked questions
Tahini is sesame seed paste. Think of it as peanut butter, but made from sesame seeds instead of peanuts.
Miso, on the other hand, is a paste made from fermented soybeans, chickpeas, barley, or rice. It's salty and has big umami energy!
There are two main issues that can cause this. First, did you stir your tahini well? Tahini separates, and the stuff on top is very thin. If you didn't stir well, your dressing will be way too thin.
Second, you may have added too much water. If you did this, all is not lost! Add more stirred tahini, then season to taste.
Some tahini has a more bitter flavor than others. If your dressing tastes bitter, add a touch of maple syrup to balance out that flavor.