Sunday, June 29, 2014

Heavenly Creamy Tahini-Miso Dressing!

I am so excited to share this amazing, healthy and delicious salad dressing that I am just crazy about! I don't know why it took me this long to discover Miso, but I am totally hooked and I imagine you will be too! 

My 'go to' dressing has always been a lemon juice, olive oil, vinegar based dressing with herbs and spices, but for a change I like a creamy dressing every now and again...I usually add Tahini (sesame paste) to make my dressings creamy, since I always have it on hand to make humus and techina, and now that I have found Miso, the 'magical ingredient', my taste buds and I are 'in love'! 

This rich and thick creamy, vegan, Tahini-Miso dressing or sauce goes with just about everything. It’s great drizzled over roasted or steamed vegetables, brown rice, quinoa, potatoes, whole wheat pasta, lentils, beans, in a seaweed or tortilla wrap, and obviously, with any kind of salad. It's great to serve as a dip as well, just make it a bit thicker by putting less water.

Miso is an inexpensive ingredient with Asian origins, which you can find in the refrigerated section of any Asian grocery store or health food store. It's a fermented soybean paste and lasts for months in the fridge, so it’s a fun ingredient to have around for experimentation with all kinds of recipes.

You can whip up a small amount in a few minutes by hand with a fork or whisk, or make it in your food processor or blender, especially when making a large amount. 

However you decide to make it is up to you...hope you enjoy...

Creamy Tahini-Miso dressing
  • 1/4 cup tahini (sesame paste)
  • 1 tbs miso (soybean paste)
  • 1 minced garlic clove or 1/2 tsp garlic powder)
  • Juice from 1 lemon/lime 
  • 1/3 cup water
  • Small handful chopped herbs such as cilantro/parsley/basil/
  • Optional additions - dash of tamari or soy sauce, honey, ginger, cayenne