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This maple tahini dressing will quickly become your go-to creamy sauce. It's incredibly versatile, pairs well with many dishes, and uses just 5 ingredients you likely already have in your kitchen. Don't want to set the bar too high here – but your kids will even like this one!
This tangy-sweet dressing is an excellent option to pour over salads, fish, chicken, baked sweet potato, or grilled vegetables. You can even use it as a dipping sauce for fresh veggies. You can make it ahead of time if you meal prep your dishes and use it to make lots of basic food taste like heaven!
What does tahini taste like?
If you haven't used tahini before, it's a sesame paste. This gives a consistency similar to nut butter (and is often found near the peanut butter in grocery stores) and tastes both earthy and tangy. It's often served on its own in Middle Eastern cuisine, or you can use it as the base for many sauces, dressings, and dips – like hummus!
Why you'll love maple tahini dressing
- It's delicious! This dressing is a beautiful balance of sweetness from the maple syrup and tang from the tahini.
- You can make this tahini maple syrup dressing in just 5 minutes.
- Did we mention how versatile it is yet?! It goes with everything!
- This dressing keeps really well in the fridge, so you can use it again and again.
- Tahini: This is the base of the dressing that will add a nutty flavor to the dressing. You can find this in any grocery store.
- Maple syrup: Use pure maple syrup for this recipe (and not table syrup) as you'll want to taste the bold, maple flavor.
- Apple cider vinegar: This adds some acid to balance the dressing, however, you can substitute for another vinegar you may in your pantry instead. Fresh lemon juice is another nice option!
- Garlic: Finely mince a clove of garlic for a little sharpness.
- Sea salt: Just a pinch is all you'll need!
- Cold water: Use water to thin out the dressing until a pourable, desired consistency is achieved.
What goes with tahini maple dressing?
Here are some ideas for how to use your maple tahini dressing:
- You can drizzle this over grilled chicken or fish.
- Add as a dipping sauce for roasted potatoes or pan seared brussels sprouts.
- Drizzled over quinoa or roasted butternut squash.
- Substitute this tahini maple dressing and pour it over your favorite salad, like an arugula salad or this crispy kale salad with roasted beets.
- Use it in our tahini green beans recipe!
Can I use another type of vinegar?
Yes, you can use white vinegar or red wine vinegar instead.
How long does it last?
This dressing lasts for 10 days in the fridge, if stored in an airtight container or jar.
Is this dressing sweet?
It has a sweet note from the maple syrup, however, it's balanced with the vinegar and tahini so that it doesn't present as a sweet dressing overall. If you'd like it sweeter, simply add more maple syrup!
More recipes using tahini
- ¼ cup tahini
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 small garlic clove (finely minced)
- ⅛ teaspoon sea salt
- 1-2 tablespoons cold water
- Add the tahini, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, garlic, and salt to a small bowl¼ cup tahini, 2 tablespoons maple syrup, 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar, 1 small garlic clove, ⅛ teaspoon sea salt
- Whisk well then add 1 tablespoon of cold water and whisk again. If you'd like it thinner, add another tablespoon of cold water.1-2 tablespoons cold water
- Either use the dressing right away or transfer it to a clean glass jar and store it in your fridge for up to 10 days. It will thicken when it's cold. Bring it to room temperature or stir in more water.
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