I had some tahini left in the fridge after making hummus the other day and thought I could make a salad dressing out of it. I had read up somewhere that tahini works pretty well with miso paste but I only had some mild miso which wasn’t rich enough to counteract the slightly bitter taste of the tahini so I further seasoned it with some salt and freshly ground black pepper. The husband loved it. I thought it was a refreshing change for a salad dressing too.
For those who are new to Tahini, it’s actually a sesame spread made by milling hulled sesame seeds and it’s normally used for making hummus. If you think this is like the chinese sesame paste dessert 芝麻糊, then you’re wrong because Tahini tastes nutty and leaves behind a bitter after-taste. It’s pure 100% sesame seed paste without any seasoning.
Tahini & Miso Salad Dressing Recipe
Ingredients (for 3-4 servings of salads)
3 tbsp tahini (I used Melrose brand of Australian Tahini Sesame Spread, bought from the international section of NTUC Fairprice)
1 tbsp mild miso
juice from 1/2 lemon
3-4 tbsps warm water
salt & pepper to taste
your preferred ingredients for the salad
1. Mix tahini, miso and lemon juice in a bowl. Stir in a tablespoon of warm water and keep adding till the dressing reaches your desired consistency.
2. Season with a little salt & pepper if you like. Spoon dressing over the salad and serve.
If you’re using other types of miso, please taste first before you season it as it may already be salty enough.
This is a low fat, healthy salad dressing for all. If you’re sick of your usual vinaigrette or thousand island, why not give this a try? Enjoy!