When I have a really great salad dressing on-hand, it's amazing how many vegetables I end up eating in a day. Besides having the dressing on salad, I like to dip crudités in it, stir it into a combination of grains and veggies, and top cooked vegetables.
This recipe is:
• refined sugar-free
• made with 10 ingredients or less
• ready in just 5 minutes!
Elements of a great salad dressing:
• full of flavor that compliments the vegetables and makes you want to eat more of them
• a pleasant texture
• nutritious in its own right, adding more value to the salad
And when it's a dressing that requires no machinery to make and is ready in 5 minutes, I am so much more likely to actually make it. That's what I love about this recipe.
The beauty of this salad dressing recipe is that it requires only three ingredients (plus water and, if desired, salt/pepper): tahini, balsamic vinegar, and maple syrup. That's it. These are ingredients that can simply be stirred in a bowl or jar and you're done. It has enough flavor so that if you prefer a thin dressing, you can simply just add more water to thin it out. In fact, it tends to thicken in the fridge, so each time I take it out I add more water - which stretches the dressing to last an extra serving!
2021 update: I have lightened the recipe up a bit, since I prefer it on the thin side. If you want it even richer and creamier, simply add more tahini.
The flavor has a pleasant burnt-sugar smokiness to it, thanks to the balsamic vinegar and maple syrup. Only a little maple syrup is required, since the balsamic has a sweetness, too. It would really work any time of year, since the ingredients can be found year round and the complex flavors go well with fall/winter veggies as well as spring/summer. It's rich, it's flavorful, and I hope you try it on your next salad!
Tahini Balsamic Salad Dressing Recipe
- small bowl
- whisk or fork
- 2 tbsp tahini
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 5 tbsp filtered water
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- salt and pepper to taste
- In a small bowl, stir together the ingredients until smooth. Tip: Warming the water can help smooth the tahini. Serve over a salad or any vegetables.