Here’s a simple dressing that uses tahini for a creamy, velvety taste. This dressing is great on a salad, drizzled over steamed or roasted vegetables, or in a macro bowl (click here to see the MVW recipe).
The inspiration for this dressing comes from a vegan restaurant in New York City that I visited in the 1990s. The restaurant has since closed, but I remember their dressing vividly. They put a bowl of it on every table.
To replicate the taste of the dressing from the restaurant, I spent a lot of time testing the ingredients. I think I got it perfectly.
This dressing has only six ingredients—but complex flavors. The tahini provides a creamy base and a nutty flavor. The lemon has brightness and acidity, the soy sauce adds salt, the agave syrup lends a bit of sweetness, and the garlic and pepper give a spicy kick.
Lemon Tahini Dressing
- 2 tablespoons tahini (sesame-seed puree)
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 1 teaspoon soy sauce
- 2 teaspoons agave syrup
- 1/2 clove garlic, minced
- Fresh pepper
- Whisk together all ingredients until creamy. Easy!