This Lemon Miso Tahini Dressing was inspired by our trip to Austin, TX. We visited Austin not too long ago for one of Brett and my best friend’s wedding. During the four days we were in Austin, I literally ate at the same restaurant (Honest Mary’s) everyday, even taking the time to drive out of my way when needed…it’s that good! Basically Honest Mary’s is my ideal restaurant. It’s kind of like a healthy, buddha bowl Chipotle as you get to choose from all different kinds of grains, greens, roasted veggies/sweet potatoes, beans or tofu, pickled condiments and so many unique dressings to pour on top. The first time I went I tried out their Citrus Miso Tahini Dressing and it was love at first bite. I could have drank that dressing for my meal. Who needs brown rice and veggies when you have the most flavorful, creamy, rich dressing?!
I made a note in my phone to try to recreate their dressing at some point and I had the opportunity over the 4th of July to do so. All my siblings, our spouses and our kids were together over the week of the 4th and we took turns coming up with different meals to prepare together. I mentioned to my sister-in-law that I had recently had the most amazing citrus miso dressing and she was fully on board to try and recreate it. Later that night, this Lemon Miso Tahini Dressing was created and it may be my all-time favorite condiment ever. It takes a simple meal of rice, beans and veggies from mediocre to top notch in one simple drizzle. I literally could drink this dressing…it’s that good.
Before we get to this simple, 5 ingredient recipe, let’s talk about miso!
What is miso?
Miso is a paste used in Japanese cooking that is made from fermented soybeans, barley, rice malt and/or other ingredients. The mixture is left to ferment from 3 months to up to 3 years. There are different kinds of miso, the three most common being white, yellow and red miso. White and yellow miso are the most commonly used as they have a milder, sometimes sweet flavor. Red miso is stronger in flavor due to a higher amount of soybeans and/or longer fermentation process. When used, red miso can change the color of your dish as well.
Where to buy miso?
I like to purchase my miso at international stores if I have one in my area, but usually I buy it online off sites like Amazon (affiliate link to white miso here). It lasts forever in the fridge so don’t have to worry about using it all up before it goes bad. You can use it in this Lemon Miso Tahini Dressing or to make Classic Miso Soup for a simple, warming meal.
I hope you all can give this simple Lemon Miso Tahini Dressing a try! Be sure to leave your comments down below, rate the recipe and share it with others!
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- In a bowl, mix together the tahini, miso, lemon juice and black pepper until smooth.
- Add in ¼ cup of water and stir well. For a runnier consistency, continue to add water until the dressing reaches the consistency you desire.
- Serve over rice, vegetables, beans or tofu! Or dip vegetables into it. Or drink it!