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Creamy Maple Tahini Dressing (Vegan)


This creamy maple tahini dressing is great for drizzling over salads and macro bowls, or used as a dip! Whip it up in 5 minutes and store it in the fridge for 2 weeks or more. Vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free and paleo!

A good dressing really adds life to a salad, and I have a particular weakness for creamy dressings. From green goddess dressing to creamy cilantro lime dressing to homemade ranch dressing, they add a certain richness to a recipe.

pouring maple tahini dressing onto a salad

This maple tahini dressing is great if you are craving a creamy dressing but are avoiding animal products/dairy.

Not only is it kind and creamy, but there are only 4 simple ingredients required, and you probably already have them all in your pantry.

Reasons you’ll ♡ maple tahini dressing

  • it’s vegan, gluten-free and paleo
  • it’s creamy and wealthy without any dairy products
  • you need just four simple ingredients

Don’t forget to pin this recipe to save it for later!

labelled ingredients required to make maple tahini dressing

Ingredients you’ll need

    1. Tahini– aka: sesame seed paste. I always have some on hand so I can make my favorite homemade hummus recipe! It is creamy and oily like a natural peanut butter, and can be found with the nut butters, in the natural foods aisle, or online.
    2. Maple syrup- just a touch is needed to balance the flavors of tahini which can sometimes have a *slightly* bitter taste. Make sure you use the genuine deal maple syrup and not imitation, so you obtain all the nutritional benefits!
    3. Lemon juice- without the lemon juice, this dressing is pretty one-dimensional (aka: boring!). A touch of acid like lemon juice brightens up the flavors.
    4. Water- I’m calling this ‘ingredient’ optional, but it can be added to lean out your sauce if you’d like. If you are getting towards the bottom of your tahini bottle and it is drier, you may need more water to lean it out. I added a couple of tablespoons, shook it up, then added more as needed.

Shake it up, baby

To make this dressing, you simply need a jar. It makes just under 1/2 cup, so a 1/2 pint jar will do the trick. Shake it up until everything is completely combined. Check the consistency, and add additional water if needed to lean it out.

If you find the tahini is thick and stuck into the corners, use a spoon to scoop it out and mix the dressing up.

Creamy Maple Tahini Dressing in a jar

How to use it

This dressing goes well on almost any salad, but a few of my favorites are:

  • Buddha bowls- a grain bowl with quinoa, chickpeas and roasted veggies. These are great for meal prep! Find my go-to Buddha Bowls here!
  • Kale salad- load it up with all sorts of goodies! Sunflower seeds, maybe some feta (unless you are vegan obviously!), dried cranberries, pomegranate seeds, and lots of other veggies. Find my favorite Kale Barley Salad recipe here!
  • Roasted vegetables- you don’t have to restrict this vegan tahini dressing for salads, it is GREAT on roasted veggies as well! We love it on roasted or baked sweet potatoes, roasted cauliflower, roasted broccoli…the sky is the restrict!
  • Raw vegetables- this vegan tahini dressing also makes a great dip for veggies and dip! You may wish to reduce the water to keep it kind and thick for dipping.
  • Falafels- tahini and falafels go hand in hand. Check out these crispy baked falafels.
  • Condiment– spread this dressing out on a pita, wrap or sandwich. Top with microgreens, radishes, or your favorite veggies.

pouring tahini dressing onto greens

Swaps + variations

Think of this maple tahini salad dressing as a empty canvas…you can totally mix it up and try a modern version each time you prep it!

  • swap the maple syrup for honey or coconut sugar
  • swap the lemon for lime juice
  • add in some spices; cinnamon, turmeric, garlic (powder or freshly pressed) are all great choices
  • add in some chia seeds for an imitation poppyseed dressing. You’d probably need to serve this fresh before the chia seeds absorb too much moisture and thicken

red wine vinaigrette, white wine vinaigrette and balsamic vinaigrette in mason jars

More dressings

Creamy Maple Tahini Dressing

Course: Salad

Cuisine: American

Keyword: dressing, gluten-free, vegan

Calories: 110kcal

Servings: 4

This creamy maple tahini dressing is great for drizzling over salads and macro bowls, or used as a dip! Whip it up in 5 minutes and store it in the fridge for 2 weeks or more. Vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free and paleo!

Prep Time5 mins

Total Time5 mins

Storage Dressing may be stored in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. Use it on

  • Buddha Bowls
  • Roasted or Raw Vegetables
  • Kale or Spinach Salad
  • Falafels
  • Wraps, Pitas or Sandwiches

Variations

  • swap the maple syrup for honey or coconut sugar
  • swap the lemon for lime juice
  • add in some spices; cinnamon, turmeric, garlic (powder or freshly pressed) are all great choices
  • add in some chia seeds for an imitation poppyseed dressing. You’d probably need to serve this fresh before the chia seeds absorb too much moisture and thicken

Serving: 1/4 of batch | Calories: 110kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 85mg | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin C: 2.8mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 0.7mg


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