Miso Tahini Dressing (or Dip)

Creamy Miso Tahini Dressing, a super simple (5-minute!) recipe that’s great as a salad dressing, a veggie dip, or a sandwich spread. Great to batch and use all week!

a white bowl with creamy miso tahini dressing with a gold spoon on a white table

👩‍🍳 Kristina’s recipe notes

EASE: Easy, 5-minutes, may need to order some ingredients
PROS: Creamy, flavorful, serve as dressing or dip
PREP? Good to prep ahead, lasts 5 days in fridge
PLAN IT: Make a batch of this dressing once and use on simple salads all week long


🧄 Ingredient notes

Be sure to check out the full ingredient list in the recipe card below

  • Tahini: a thin or “drippy” tahini provides a creamy base for the dressing (or dip)
  • White miso paste: a fermented soybean paste, white miso adds a kick of umami flavor; I like Cold Mountain brand
  • Garlic: minced very thin for a kick of flavor
  • Rice vinegar: adds a pop of acidic flavor to balance the savory miso and tahini
  • Maple syrup: a touch of sweetness to balance the saltiness of the miso paste
  • Sesame oil: a small amount of sesame oil adds a depth of flavor
  • Salt: a pinch of salt (optional, taste the dressing before adding)
  • Water: thins out the dressing to your desired consistency (more water for a thinner dressing, less for a thicker dip)
bowls of miso paste, tahini, sesame oil, maple syrup, rice vinegar, and other ingredients for a tahini and miso dressing

🥣 How to make (step-by-step photos)

Below are step-by-step photos with short instructions of how to make zucchini muffins. For the full recipe and ingredients, see the recipe card at the bottom of this page.

1️⃣ Step One: Combine ingredients

To a medium mixing bowl or salad dressing shaker, add tahini, white miso paste, minced garlic, rice vinegar, maple syrup, sesame oil, salt, and water.

👉 How to make this recipe a dip: If you’d like to make this recipe a dip, add 1 tablespoon of water at a time until you reach your desired consistency. The recipe below is written for a thinner (but still creamy) dressing, which takes about 5 tablespoons of water.

a white bowl with tahini, white miso paste, sesame oil, and other ingredients for salad dressing
Combine ingredients

2️⃣ Step Two: Mix or shake

Use a whisk to mix or shake the dressing shaker to mix to the dressing ingredients until they’re well combined. If needed, give the dressing a taste and add more ingredients, as needed to taste.

a bowl with tahini and miso dressing mixed with a whisk on a white table
Mix to combine

3️⃣ Step Three: Serve or store

Serve immediately in tossed over your favorite greens and vegetables in salads, bowls, or wraps, or store up to 4-5 days for later use (see storage tips below).

💡 Ideas for serving

  • As a salad dressing. This miso tahini dressing is best used on thick salad greens like kale or chard because of its creamy texture (it may overpower fragile greens like arugula).
  • As a dip. Use less water in the recipe for a thicker dip consistency to serve with cut vegetables on a platter.
  • As a spread. This sauce can also be used as a spread on sandwiches or flatbreads for a tasty flavor punch.
a bowl of kale with a creamy tahini miso dressing on a white table
Serve on salads, as a dip, or a spread

🧊 How to store and reheat

  1. Refrigerator storage: Store leftover dressing in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. When ready to serve, simply shake the container to remix the ingredients.
  2. Freezer storage: Do not freeze.
a miso tahini dressing in a white bowl on a white table with a gold spoon

👉 More plant-based dressing recipes

Want more dressing recipes? Try Vegan Caesar Dressing, Maple Dijon Dressing, or Leftover Sun-Dried Tomato Oil Vinaigrette.

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a miso tahini dressing in a white bowl on a white table with a gold spoon

Miso Tahini Dressing (or Dip)

Kristina Todini, RDN
How to make this recipe a dip: If you’d like to make this recipe a dip, add 1 tablespoon of water at a time until you reach your desired consistency. The recipe below is written for a thinner (but still creamy) dressing, which takes about 5 tablespoons of water.
5 star (1 rating)
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Sauces, Dressings + Dips
Cuisine Gluten Free, Vegan
Servings 6 servings
Calories 97 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 small mixing bowl
  • 1 whisk
  • 1 salad dressing shaker

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Combine ingredients: To a medium mixing bowl or salad dressing shaker, add tahini, white miso paste, minced garlic, rice vinegar, maple syrup, sesame oil, salt, and water.
    1/3 cup tahini, 1 tablespoon white miso paste, 1 garlic clove finely minced, 2 teaspoons rice vinegar, 2 teaspoons maple syrup, 1 teaspoon sesame oil, 1 pinch salt, 5 tablespoons water
  • Mix or shake to combine: Use a whisk to mix or shake the dressing shaker to mix to the dressing ingredients until they’re well combined.
  • Adjust flavorings and consistency (as needed): Give the dressing a taste and add more ingredients, as needed to taste. If the dressing is too thick, add more water.
  • Serve or store for later use: Serve immediately in tossed over your favorite greens and vegetables in salads, bowls, or wraps, or store up to 4-5 days for later use (see storage tips below).

Notes

Prep ahead: Make a batch of this dressing up to 5 days ahead of serving.
Leftovers and storage: Store leftover dressing in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. When ready to serve, simply shake the container to remix the ingredients. Do not freeze.
Nutrition notes: Nutrition information is an estimate using all listed ingredients. This recipe uses all plant-based ingredients and is gluten free if you use tamari instead of soy sauce.

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 97kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 3gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 118mgPotassium: 73mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 11IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 24mgIron: 1mg
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