Miso-Tahini Dressing

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My apologies for a recipe-heavy week. I had all my interviews for the dietetic internship and have been running around like crazy in a suit and heels. My last one was yesterday, so now it’s time to hurry up and wait until April 3rd. It sounds at once so close and so, so far away.

Before we return to our regularly scheduled programing, I need to share one of my new favorite things: Miso-Tahini Awesomeness (aka dressing). While a standard rule of thumb for avoiding “hidden” calories is to eschew creamy salad dressing, here’s one that will satisfy a craving for something savory and smooth without dipping too far into your “discretionary kcals” account for the day.  It also happens to be dairy-free, which is great for vegans or anyone with lactose issues.

Okay, that’s enough nutritionist babble, here’s the recipe!


  • 1 heaping tsp miso paste
  • 1/2 tsp tahini
  • 2-3 tbsp warm water


  1. Whisk together ingredients in a small bowl or mug. Pour over salad and toss.

A thing of beauty is a joy forever.

Semi-related, I feel like I’ve been hearing about a lot of people going vegan or vegetarian for Lent this year. There was a piece about it in the Times today too. Anyone going meatless ’til Easter? I’d be really curious to hear some of your thoughts on this and other 40-day diet plans…

7 thoughts on “Miso-Tahini Dressing

    My Grandparents' Kitchen said:
    March 11, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    Forget love – I’d rather fall in chocolate! ~ Sandra J. Dykes

    […] to give the yellow a spin and see what else I can find.  I love white miso in sauces such as my favorite miso-tahini dressing, and it’s also fantastic as a base for stir-fry. The red miso is fantastic as a base for a […]

    Easy Zucchini Fritters | Keeping It Real Food said:
    August 6, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    […] were great. Served alongside a massaged kale salad (I will never get sick of miso-tahini dressing), they made a perfect lunch. I ended up with 5 large fritters, but feel free to make them smaller […]

    New Favorite Salad | Keeping It Real Food said:
    December 4, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    […] jags with is salad. Just to illustrate that point, I’ve had a massaged kale salad with lemony miso-tahini dressing at least once a week since last spring. Often these jags begin with needing to use up a […]

    What I Really Ate Wednesday | Keeping It Real Food said:
    April 12, 2012 at 11:57 am

    […] Grits with veggies, tofu and bacon (why not put tofu and bacon in the same bowl?), topped with miso tahini dressing; side […]

    What I Ate Wednesday #57 | Keeping It Real Food said:
    May 9, 2012 at 11:16 am

    […] Packed a massaged kale salad w/ leftover falafel, roasted veggies, goat cheese and miso-tahini dressing; baba ganoush with crackers and baby […]

    Sh!t you can make at home | Keeping It Real Food said:
    June 14, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    […] Miso-Tahini Dressing—enough said. […]

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