Magic Maple Mustard Tahini Dressing

A 4-ingredient, 5-minute vegan maple mustard tahini dressing to add tangy-sweet flair to vegetables, chicken, salmon or salads.

Maple mustard dressing tahini sauce in a jar with spoon dripping sauce. Lemons, maple syrup and tahini are in the background.

Looking for a last-minute salad dressing, glaze or marinade? This creamy, cozy magic maple mustard tahini dressing is ready in 5 minutes and made with just 4 ingredients plus salt!

This vegan tahini sauce is the perfect way to jazz up a Buddha bowl, salmon fillet, sheet pan chicken dinner, or sides such as carrots, brussel sprouts or crispy roasted potatoes. This maple mustard tahini dressing can be served with just about any protein or vegetable that you can dream of.

“OK, Courtney. But what makes this tahini sauce ‘magic?’”

#1: Out-Of-This-World Flavor

I’m obsessed with the way that the rich warmth and sweetness of maple syrup mingles with tangy, sharp Dijon mustard. Tahini adds a comforting, nuttiness and gives this dressing the most beautiful, creamy texture. Lemon juice brings a zesty brightness that pulls this recipe together and complements whatever you’re serving this tahini sauce with, guaranteed.

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Maple mustard dressing tahini sauce in a jar with spoon dripping sauce. Lemons, maple syrup and tahini are in the background.

If honey mustard were a kid, I think it would dream of being this simple yet sophisticated sauce when it grows up. (And I really love honey mustard, so that’s saying something.)

#2: Vegan Yet Creamy Maple Mustard Dressing

You wouldn’t guess it based on the texture, but this dressing is 100% vegan. Everyone at the dinner table can indulge!

It’s got this gorgeous creaminess thanks to tahini, which is a paste made from sesame seeds if you aren’t familiar. You can add a little water to thin this you if it’s too thick for you.

Keep in mind that some mustards are not vegan, so be sure to double-check that.

#3: No Oil

It’s not needed — once again — thanks to tahini.

Tahini has quite a bit of oil, so there’s no need to add any extra. Make sure you give your jar of tahini a good stir to ensure the texture is even.

Maple mustard dressing tahini sauce in a jar with spoon dripping sauce. Lemons, maple syrup and tahini are in the background.

But above all, I think “magic” is making a rockstar meal that impresses family and friends even though it required the absolute bare minimum of effort from you. And you’ll probably have at least some of these ingredients in your kitchen on any given weeknight, which means you can whip this maple mustard dressing up on a whim, whenever you’re wanting to take a meal to the next level.

What’s not to love about any of that?

It stores well in the fridge, which means you can reuse your leftovers or whip up a batch ahead of time. This is a great condiment to have handy because it pairs well with so, so many dishes. More on that later.

Want to step up your tahini dressing game with a sprinkling of fresh herbs or a kick of spice? I’ll get to that in a bit, too.

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Maple Mustard Tahini Dressing Ingredients

  • maple syrup
  • dijon mustard
  • tahini
  • lemon juice
  • salt
Dijon mustard, lemons, tahini jar and maple syrup: Ingredients for maple mustard dressing tahini sauce.

Make This Tahini Sauce Your Own

I wanted to keep this recipe super simple, but there are so many ahhhhhhhh-mazing ingredients you can add into the mix to make it extra special. 

Here are a few ideas:

  • Fresh dill, chopped
  • Fresh garlic
  • Garlic powder
  • Sriracha
  • Fresh ginger, grated
  • Toasted sesame seeds
  • Sweet chili sauce
  • Miso paste
  • Fresh turmeric, grated
  • Fresh thyme
  • Cayenne pepper

How To Serve This Maple Mustard Dressing

The possibilities are endless. It’s a great sauce to throw atop a quick Buddha bowl or nourishing salad, but it can just as easily go with your main course or side dish.

Here are a few that you might consider:

Proteins

  • Salmon
  • Chicken
  • Fried or baked tofu
  • Turkey meatballs
  • Pork chop
  • Bacon glaze

Vegetables

  • Brussel sprouts
  • Carrots
  • Green beans
  • Asparagus
  • Roasted potatoes
  • Broccoli
  • Butternut squash
  • Cauliflower 
  • Zucchini
  • Squash

Instructions To Make Tahini Sauce

So easy. No food processor necessary, though you can definitely use one if you don’t feel like whisking.

Combine all maple mustard dressing ingredients in a bowl and whisk with a fork or whisk. Serve when fully combined and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Maple mustard dressing tahini sauce in a jar with spoon dripping sauce. Lemons, maple syrup and tahini are in the background.

Magic Maple Mustard Tahini Dressing

A 4-ingredient, 5-minute vegan maple mustard tahini dressing to add tangy-sweet flair to vegetables, chicken, salmon or salads.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Glaze, Salad, Salad Dressing, Sauce
Cuisine American
Servings 1 cup, scant
Calories 496 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lemon juice of
  • 1/4 c. Dijon mustard (or other mustard) scant
  • 1/4 c. maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp. tahini
  • 1 tsp. Salt

Instructions
 

  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
  • Whisk with a fork until fully combined.
Keyword chopped salad dressing, maple mustard chicken, marinade, tahini dressing

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