Tahini Ginger Dressing is perfect for topping salads, bowls, slaw, and more! In less than 5 minutes, you can whisk together 6 simple ingredients for a simple and delicious oil-free dressing that's sure to be a hit!
If you're looking for a quick oil-free dressing that comes together in 5 minutes or less, then you have to try this Tahini Ginger Dressing.
I developed this dressing in part because I'm busy (know the feeling?) and can't always be bothered to get out a blender when I want to whip up a healthy salad dressing.
I was inspired by the flavors in my Cashew Ginger dressing, but I wanted to make it quicker. I needed to start with a base that would give the dressing richness, depth, and creaminess, and tahini was the answer!
Thus, this Tahini Ginger dressing was born and I'm glad it was. I hope you love it as much as I do!
You'll love this tahini ginger dressing recipe because it's:
- Simple & Delicious
- Quick & Easy
- Easy to make Gluten-free
- WFPB & Oil-Free
- Perfect for topping salads, bowls, and wraps.
What is tahini?
Tahini is a Middle-Eastern paste made from sesame seeds. It has a nutty flavor similar to almond butter or cashew butter, and is a main ingredient in things like hummus and baba ganoush. If you've never bought tahini before, be sure to make sure the product you buy doesn't contain added ingredients (like salt or added oil).
You can buy tahini at most large grocery stores (check the ethnic aisle or the nut butters.) You can also order it online. If neither of those options works, you can also make your own tahini at home using just sesame seeds.
Can this be gluten-free?
Yes! Most soy sauce contains gluten, but gluten-free soy sauce is readily available at most supermarkets. All of the other ingredients are naturally gluten-free.
- tahini--be sure to buy a brand that is oil-free and has no added ingredients. If you can't find tahini, you can make this recipe with your favorite nut butter.
- maple syrup--The sweetness helps to balance out the creaminess.
- soy sauce--For earthiness and saltiness. To make it gluten-free, choose gluten-free soy sauce or tamari.
- lime juice--For flavor and acid.
- rice vinegar--For a deeper acidic touch.
- powdered ginger--For this recipe, I prefer powdered ginger because it incorporates better and is less effort. But you can use fresh ginger if you prefer.
See recipe card for quantities.
Here are step-by-step instructions with photos.
Add all of the ingredients to a medium-sized bowl. Whisk to combine.
Taste to adjust ingredients if necessary. Serve right away or store for later. Enjoy!
Hint: For full immersion whisk for 1 to 2 minutes.
Here are a few ways to switch things up!
- Spicy - add a tablespoon of Sriracha sauce.
- Fresh Ginger - Substitute freshly grated ginger for the powdered ginger.
- Soy-Free - Use tamari in place of the soy sauce.
For this recipe, you'll just need a bowl and a whisk! If you don't have a whisk, you can probably get by with a fork or spoon.
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How to serve
Serve this as a delicious salad dressing. It pairs well with this Thai Salad or this Vegan Chickpea Salad (coming soon!).
You can also drizzle it over a Buddha bowl, add it to a wrap, or use it as a wrap for summer rolls.
Store any leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.
Tahini brands can vary in thickness and flavor, so be sure to start with a brand of tahini that you enjoy. I recommend you choose a brand that only contains sesame (with no added oils or salt).
Tahini Ginger Dressing (Vegan + Oil-free!)
- ¼ cup tahini
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 teaspoons soy sauce
- 2 teaspoons lime juice
- 2 teaspoons rice vinegar
- 1.5 teaspoons powdered ginger
- Add all of the ingredients to a bowl and whisk until smooth.
- Taste and adjust ingredients if necessary. For a thinner dressing add a tablespoon of water.
- Serve right away or store for later!
- This recipe makes a little more than ½ a cup of dressing. You can easily double or triple the recipe (using the buttons above) to serve a bigger crowd.
- If you want to thin out the dressing you can add a little water.
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