This recipe is:
vegan | wfpb (whole food, plant-based | easy | gluten-free | oil-free | refined sugar-free | 10 ingredients or less
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.
Elements of a great salad dressing, in my mind:
Full of flavor that compliments the vegetables and makes me want to eat more of them
A pleasant texture (creamy being a favorite)
Nutritious in its own right
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!
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 creamy, it's rich, it's delish, and I hope you try it on your next salad!
Tahini Balsamic Salad Dressing Recipe
Vegan | WFPB | Easy | Gluten-Free | Oil-Free | Refined Sugar-Free | 10 Ingredients or Less
YIELD: About 1 cup
PREP TIME: 5 minutes
RECIPE CATEGORY: Salad
PRIMARY TOOLS: Fork or spoon
COOKING METHOD: Stirring
Note: Kitchen times are approximate and will depend on various factors, like your personal kitchen speed and how many hands you have working with you. Cooking can become a centering experience that brings family together. I hope you enjoy the ride!