Quick Tahini Balsamic Salad Dressing

 
Quick & easy Tahini Balsamic Salad Dressing by Beautiful Ingredient

Quick & easy Tahini Balsamic Salad Dressing by Beautiful Ingredient

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.

Quick and Easy Tahini Balsamic Salad Dressing by Beautiful Ingredient

Quick and Easy Tahini Balsamic Salad Dressing by Beautiful Ingredient

Quick and Easy Tahini Balsamic Salad Dressing by BEautiful Ingredient

Quick and Easy Tahini Balsamic Salad Dressing by BEautiful Ingredient

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!

Quick and Easy Tahini Balsamic Salad Dressing on a Buddha Bowl, by Beautiful Ingredient

Quick and Easy Tahini Balsamic Salad Dressing on a Buddha Bowl, by Beautiful Ingredient

Tahini Balsamic Salad Dressing Recipe


Tahini Balsamic Salad dressing by Beautiful Ingredient

Tahini Balsamic Salad dressing by Beautiful Ingredient

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

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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!