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Action shot of hand pouring homemade maple tahini dressing over a kale and quinoa salad

Have you been trying to be healthier and eat more salads lately? Are you getting bored with the salads that you’ve been making over and over and need some new homemade salad ideas? This maple tahini salad dressing recipe is just what you need to get you excited about eating salads again!

This easy salad dressing recipe is made with healthy and clean ingredients. Tahini, which is full of healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, is the base for this dressing recipe. Paired with apple cider vinegar (also touted as having a variety of health benefits), olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and a touch of maple syrup create a creamy, tangy, and mildly sweet dressing that is just a delight. Not only is this homemade maple tahini salad dressing delicious, it is easy and quick to make too.

This is one of my favorite salad dressing recipes. I originally made this maple tahini dressing to put on my Kale and Quinoa Power Salad, but now I use it on a variety of green salads as well.


Level of difficulty: Easy. Like, so easy you’ll wonder why you haven’t been making your own homemade salad dressing all of this time...

Flavor profile and texture: The tahini helps to create a thick and creamy dressing, which is also a little tangy (from the lemon juice and apple cider vinegar) and a little sweet (from the maple syrup).

Time: From start-to-finish, it will take you less than 5 minutes to make your homemade salad dressing.

Small jar of maple tahini dressing, showing how this homemade dressing can be stored


Tahini: if you’re new to tahini, you’ll find this sesame seed paste in a jar, can, or sealed plastic container wherever your grocery store stocks Middle-Eastern food; it may also be near the condiments or sauces.

Olive Oil: since this recipe has a small number of ingredients, you’ll want to be sure to use a quality olive oil since you will taste each ingredient. Extra virgin olive is the way to go!

Lemon Juice: fresh or bottled lemon juice will both work in this recipe. However, fresh lemon juice will be a little brighter as you’re getting it straight from the source.

Apple Cider Vinegar: apple cider vinegar is a lovely style of vinegars for dressings (and so much more!), and you can find it in your local store’s vinegar aisle near to other standard types of vinegars like white, balsamic, and red wine vinegar.

Maple Syrup: always use REAL maple syrup (NOT pancake syrup) for this dressing. Real maple syrup is simply maple tree sap that has been boiled down to create a syrup. It’s a natural sweetener. Pancake syrup on the other hand is full of all kinds of not-so-great-for-you ingredients that you just don’t need in your diet. It also doesn’t taste as good (in my opinion). In our area, it is easy to get local maple syrup at both the grocery store and at our farmers markets. Costco’s Kirkland brand also has a nice organic maple syrup (in a large quantity for a low cost per ounce), or if you’re just not finding it, you can always order real maple syrup online.

Salt and Pepper: always salt and pepper to taste...I’ve given you a good ratio to start with for this recipe.


  1. Place all ingredients in a jar: measure out and place all ingredients in a small to medium sized jar and screw on the lid tightly.

  2. Shake: shake vigorously to combine. Dressing complete!

  3. Refrigerate: place your dressing in the fridge until ready to serve. Note: dressing may begin to separate as it sits, just give it a little shake prior to serving.

  4. Store leftovers in the fridge: if you’re not using all of your dressing right away, store remaining dressing in the fridge in an air-tight container for up to 3-4 days. Note: I find this dressing tastes best used within 24 hours.


Should I use fresh lemon juice in this recipe, or is the bottled type ok to use? Either is just fine to use in this recipe! If you have a lemon on hand, fresh is always my preference, but don’t sweat it if you use the pre-squeezed bottle of lemon juice you have in your fridge.

What kind of salad should I use this dressing on?

  • Try on your favorite green salad in place of whatever dressing you have been using!

  • This dressing was made for, and is great on, this Kale and Quinoa Power Salad

  • You could also put it on this Easy Curry Roasted Chickpea Salad (coming soon!)

  • This would be good dressing option on a Mediterranean style salad with falafel