Sesame Miso Dressing


This Sesame Miso Dressing may not be all that exciting to look at, but what it lacks in aesthetics it more than makes up in flavor. This dressing—a delicious blend of tahini, miso paste, honey, sesame oil, and lemon juice—is a new condiment that I know I will use often this summer. Like most Japanese inspired dishes, it’s complex without being overly spicy, and the potent miso paste is tempered by a drizzle of honey and the roasted tahini and sesame oil. It can be thrown together in the time it takes to grate some ginger and garlic and whisk together a few ingredients—no cooking required. I’ve tried it on rice noodles with seared tofu with delicious results, and I know that it would be excellent on some grilled eggplant or used as a salad dressing for hearty vegetable salad.

For those of you that have a jar of tahini in the fridge that persists even after a few batches of hummus, or need a new way to dress up healthful entrees and sides, give this dressing a try—you won’t be disappointed.


Sesame Miso Dressing

Adapted from The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook

Makes about 2/3 cup

2 tablespoons white miso

1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger

1 garlic clove, finely minced or pressed through a garlic press

2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil

2 tablespoons tahini

Juice of 1 lemon

1 tablespoon honey

1 tablespoon water

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a small bowl and whisk well until smooth. Pour on noodles, rice, tofu, salads, or grilled vegetables.

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2 thoughts on “Sesame Miso Dressing

    • I hope you do try it–it’s absolutely delicious! I actually massaged some into a bowl of kale and let it chill for 2-3 hours and it was an amazing salad, I highly recommend it.

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