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Creamy and lush, this two-minute Maple Mustard Tahini Sauce is super easy, simple, and delicious for just about anything. Use it on salads, Buddha bowls, as a dipping sauce for veggies and more, you need no equipment or hard to find ingredients for this simple sauce recipe.
Hey Internet, I’m going to share with you what I call my All Purpose Sauce today: Maple Mustard Tahini!
I bet you can guess the 3 main ingredients. I’ll wait.
Maple syrup, mustard, and tahini.
That’s all you need to make this tasty sauce or dressing, but it’s also a great base for adding all kinds of other things like spices, lemon juice, and more.
I often have it just the way I describe it here, though I also often add lemon because I consider myself the queen of acid, since I like those acidic flavors so much.
But this recipe will only feature the three ingredients in this title because that’s simple and should appeal to many different palates.
I’ll also give you tons of ideas on how to customize this sauce, as well as what to use it on.
Ready for this super simple recipe?
What You’ll Need
I feel a bit silly with this section, since you already know what you need! If you don’t need any suggestions about types or brands, please move onto the next section. :)
So starting with maple, I recommend organic grade A maple syrup. I buy a gigantic thing from Costco and it lasts me a while.
Other maple syrups are OK but sometimes they have a bad aftertaste, especially those maple flavored syrups in the breakfast aisle.
To substitute, you could also try agave syrup. Coconut sugar will also work as a sweetener, just whisk it well to dissolve the crystals.
Next, mustard. You can use any type of mustard you like!
I used stone ground mustard in this recipe because I just love the flavor. Yellow, spicy, or even Dijon mustard would work in this recipe. I’d probably cut down on the maple syrup if using Dijon mustard since it is sweet already.
Finally, tahini. Tahini is the creamy, luscious base of this recipe.
Tahini is made from ground sesame seeds. You can find it in the middleeastern section of most grocery stores and in health food stores. You can also buy it online.
Some brands are runnier or thicker than others. If yours is too thick, just add a splash of water.
For a low fat version, try blending beans or tofu with water and using that instead! You could even use cooked, blended cauliflower as your tahini substitute.
Tips on Making Maple Mustard Tahini
- Simply add all the ingredients to a jar or bowl and mix!
- You may need to add a little water depending on how thick the mixture is. Add it just a splash at a time and stir in between.
- I like to just use the jar I plan to store it for any leftovers. These jam jars are my favorite for sauce making.
- Also, I recommend a tiny whisk to stir because it helps make sure everything is incorporated.
- If you only need a bit, you can half or even quarter this recipe easily. It also keeps for a week, so you can make a larger batch and use it on different meals all week for easy meal prep.
- It will thicken a little in the fridge--you can loosen it easily with a bit of water and a good stir.
- This recipe is a great base for other flavors. Add or subtract as you like--ideas for different flavors below!
Ways to Customize This Recipe
There are so many flavor combinations you can make by swapping or adding ingredients to this recipe. It tastes good on its own but if you change it up a little bit you can find new combinations that you love!
- Add garlic, lemon, onion powder, or dried herbs to this recipe to completely change up the flavors
- Use a bit of soy sauce or tamari, and a bit of ginger and/or lime
- Try a different base like cashew butter or coconut cream/milk
- Add a bit of sriracha or hot sauce if you like heat
- Throw it in a blender with some roasted red peppers or sundried tomatoes
- Or blend it with some roasted garlic
- Try some za’atar for delicious middle-eastern flavors
- Omit the mustard some curry powder and a little garam masala
- Sweeten it with more maple and leave out the mustard--and add vanilla or cocoa powder for a sweet sauce perfect for desserts
What to Use Maple Mustard Tahini Sauce For
This is a really versatile sauce.
I decided to publish it as a separate sauce because of that fact, but it’s also because wow, is it awesome on my newest entree recipe: Tofu Buddha Bowl.
One of my favorite dinners is just a big plate of some tofu or beans, a bunch of raw and roasted (a combination is fun!) veggies, and a delicious sauce like this one.
It’s also great on stir fry, pasta salad, baked potatoes, and as a simple salad dressing.
More Vegan Sauces
Sauce is the spice of life, right? Put a sauce on anything and it’s usually infinitely better.
Try one of my favorite sauces like:
- Vegan Ranch
- Vegan Mozzarella Sauce
- Vegan Cheddar Sauce
- Mushroom Gravy
- Homemade Teriyaki Sauce
- BBQ Sauce
- “Honey” Mustard Dressing
- Lemon Miso Tahini Dressing
As always, I hope you love this recipe--I know I do, and Mr. Zardyplants does too.
This maple mustard tahini sauce is:
- And awesome on salads, roast or raw vegetables, potatoes, and more!
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Creamy and lush, this two-minute Maple Mustard Tahini Sauce is super easy, simple, and delicious for just about anything.
- 1/4 cup tahini (see note 1)
- 2 tbsp mustard of choice (see note 2)
- 2 tbsp maple syrup (see note 3)
- Water, as needed
- Mix all ingredients together with a whisk or a fork in a jar or bowl.
- Add water a little bit at a time until desired consistency has been reached.
- Store in an airtight container for up to one week. If it gets too thick, just thin it out with a bit of water.
- Note 1: I recommend organic grade A maple syrup for the best flavor. To substitute, you could also try agave syrup. Coconut sugar will also work as a sweetener, just whisk it well to dissolve the crystals.
- Note 2: You can use any type of mustard you like! I used stone ground mustard in this recipe but yellow, spicy, or even Dijon mustard would work. I’d probably cut down on the maple syrup if using Dijon mustard since it is sweet already.
- Note 3: You can find tahini in the middleeastern section of most grocery stores and in health food stores or online. Some brands are runnier or thicker than others. If too thick, just add a splash of water. Substitutes for tahini include sunflower seed butter, cashew butter, coconut cream, or oil if you’re cool with that.
- Category: Ingredient
- Method: Mixing
- Cuisine: American, Middle Eastern
Keywords: Vegan, Gluten-Free, Oil-Free, Nut-Free, Soy-Free, Refined Sugar-Free, Maple Mustard Tahini