This rich, tangy, Vegan Lemon Miso Tahini Dressing is AMAZING and a great sauce for virtually any dish. Use it to top pasta, salads, Buddha Bowls, and more! It is a versatile sauce you'll want to make every week -- luckily it takes less than 5 minutes to make!
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Hey Internet, are you ready for my favorite dressing? This Vegan Lemon Miso Tahini dressing is AMAZING, and I'm not the only one who thinks so!
I've received SO MANY wonderful comments on social media from you all about this dressing. I'm so happy you like it so much!
I keep the ingredients of this dressing stocked at all times. This sauce helps me to enjoy any random assortment of veggies, grains, etc. In that sense it's very helpful for those of us feeding picky eaters (no judgment if that's you).
But it's also really great for elevating an already delicious dish! My two favorite ways to use this dressing?
Vegan Buddha Bowl with Sweet Potatoes and Quinoa (Coming Soon!)
This sauce is particularly awesome because it only requires a few minutes to make -- you don't even need any equipment! But first things first: what do you need?
What is Required to Make Lemon Miso Tahini Dressing?
Tahini (sometimes called Tahina) is my favorite versatile dressing base. It's made from ground up sesame seeds and it makes any dressing creamy and gives it the mouthfeel of oil while still including fiber and other awesome nutrients like copper, selenium, and phosphorus.
Miso is also a really awesome, flavorful ingredient. It is fermented soybean paste. However, I actually like chickpea miso a lot better, and it is soy-free so that helps those of you who are avoiding soy.
So chickpea miso can be a little harder to track down. Regular white or yellow miso (which is what you would want for this recipe) can be found at most Asian grocery stores.
I find chickpea miso online or at Whole Foods Market.
Lemon juice is the other prominent ingredient in this dressing. The citrus really brightens the dressing and provides a nice tart flavor.
The other ingredients are optional and fun to play around with. I like to use garlic powder, dried parsley, a tiny bit of spicy mustard (any mustard will work, and it's recommended even if you don't like mustard), maple syrup, and water to thin the dressing to your desired consistency.
What Substitutions Can I Make?
If you can't find tahini, cashew butter will also work well! It's a neutral enough flavor.
Instead of miso paste you could use ume plum vinegar or another vinegar + a little salt.
Bottled lemon juice is not as good as fresh squeezed, but it will certainly work in a pinch.
How to Make Lemon Miso Tahini Dressing
Perhaps the best part of this recipe is it only takes a few minutes to make and virtually no equipment. I used a measuring cup and a whisk. That's really it.
After adding everything to the measuring cup, I added a little hot water to thin it. How much you add depends on how thick your tahini is and how thick you'd like your dressing.
I recommend adding your water just a little at a time, stirring, and adding more if you need to.
To store my dressing, I like these little glass milk bottle containers, but you can just as easily use a mason jar or any other container. I recommend something with a tight lid, though!
If your dressing does happen to thicken up while storing, you can always just add a little water to loosen it up again.
As always, I hope you love this recipe!
Let me know in the comments below if you make it, tag me @Zardyplants on Instagram so I can see your beautiful recreations! If you tag me on IG, I will share your post in my stories :)
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