Maple Mustard Tahini Dressing


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I’m quite confident you’ll be making this maple mustard tahini dressing again and again. It’s creamy and nutty, with hints of sweet and spicy. Perfect for drizzling on almost anything!

Maple mustard tahini dressing in a jar with spoon.

If you’re a lover of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean foods (like me), you’ve probably encountered the magnificent nutty, creamy blend called tahini. It’s drizzled over falafels, dipped with pita bread, and makes up a good chunk of everyone’s favorite – hummus and baba ganoush!

But tahini can also be easily be tweaked into different flavors and textures. It’s typically on the thicker side, but whisking in a bit more water and other flavor boosters creates the perfect dressing. Lemon tahini dressing is a perennial winner, but I have to say, this maple mustard tahini dressing might just be my new favorite!

Ingredients for maple mustard tahini dressing on a table

What’s In This Maple Mustard Tahini Dressing?

The name pretty much says it all (maple, mustard, and tahini). But there’s just a few other things, such as lemon and garlic, that are essentials for most tahini sauces.

  • Tahini: You can make homemade tahini (super easy and I’ve got a recipe for that) or you can buy it from the store.
  • Dijon Mustard: Make sure you’re using Dijon mustard and not regular yellow mustard.
  • Maple Syrup: Hints of sweet maple perfect complement the mustard. But you could also use honey as an alternative sweetener.
  • Lemon Juice: I always like to use freshly squeezed lemon juice. But since there’s only one tablespoon needed, you can also used the bottled version if that’s easier.
  • Water: Just 3 to 4 tablespoons are needed for a creamy yet drizzle-y consistency. If you prefer a thinner texture, feel free to whisk in a bit more water.
  • Garlic: One clove packs a garlicky punch.

Find the printable recipe with measurements below

How To Make Maple Mustard Tahini Dressing

Just like any other dressing, all you need to do is whisk everything together in a bowl. As you’re whisking, you may notice that there’s a bit of separation between the tahini and other liquids. But don’t worry, just keep on whisking and it’ll soon transform into a medium-thick creamy consistency.

Pro tip: If you want the dressing to be even thinner for a salad, start by adding one more tablespoon of water into the mix. If that’s still not enough, an additional tablespoon should do the trick!

A jar of maple mustard tahini dressing on a plate

How To Store

I typically like to store my dressings in this tulip weck jar. It’s the perfect size for one batch! But any small container will work. Just make sure to store it in the fridge – it’ll last for up to one week.

More Creamy Dressings & Sauces

As I always say, fresh homemade sauces are the way to go. They’re 100% better than most store-bought versions, simply because you’re using fresh ingredients (without any additives or preservatives).

This maple mustard tahini dressing will surely come in handy when you need a nutty, creamy touch. If you make it, let me know how it turned out! I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below.

A glass jar of maple mustard tahini dressing

Maple Mustard Tahini Dressing

5 from 8 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 5 servings
Author: Lisa Bryan


Let's just say you'll be making this maple mustard tahini dressing again and again! It's creamy and nutty, with hints of sweet Dijon mustard.


  • ¼ cup tahini
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons water, or more for a thinner consistency
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  • In a small bowl, whisk togethr the tahini, Dijon mustard, maple syrup, lemon juice, water, garlic, salt, and pepper.
    Mixed maple mustard tahini dressing in a bowl with a whisk
  • Store it in a sealed container in the fridge for up to one week.
    A glass jar of maple mustard tahini dressing on a plate

Lisa’s Tips

  • This recipe makes approximately cup of dressing.


Calories: 87kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 71mg | Potassium: 80mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 13IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: dressing
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Dijon Tahini Dressing, Tahini Dressing, Tahini Salad Dressing
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Lisa Bryan

Lisa is a bestselling cookbook author, recipe developer, and YouTuber (with over 2.5 million subscribers) living in sunny Southern California. She started Downshiftology in 2014, and is passionate about making healthy food with fresh, simple and seasonal ingredients.

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  1. Oh, my gosh! I’ve needed a new salad dressing recipe that is yummy but isn’t so full of calories that it defeats the purpose of eating a salad and THIS IS IT!! I just made it and it is DELICIOUS!! In fact, it’s so good that I immediately made a second batch! :) I did use half of the Dijon because that flavor can be a bit strong for me, but I can tell you already – this is my new favorite dressing and I can’t wait to eat dinner tonight!5 stars

  2. Just made this and it’s so good! My only change was I added some pickled mustard seeds to the dressing because we love them and have them in the fridge. This could become a staple dressing in our house😊5 stars

  3. Hi Lisa! Just made this tonight and we were all raving about how amazing it was! Your recipes are exceptional! A 10/10 every time :) 5 stars

  4. Hi Lisa! Do you think mashed chickpeas would work instead of tahini? I have a sesame allergy in my household but this sounds delicious. 

  5. his recipe is SO GOOD. I made this for my lunches last week and am making it again for this upcoming week!5 stars

    1. I normally just buy the Whole Foods brand of tahini. But you can normally find it at most markets!

  6. This dressing is absolutely delicious!!! My husband who doesn’t much care for tahini or Dijon mustard really liked it too. He was shocked when I told him what it was made of. Thank you for so many amazing recipes and meal prep ideas!!! I pre-ordered your book, I cannot wait!5 stars

    1. Wonderful! I’m so happy you both enjoyed the dressing! And thanks so much for preordering my cookbook Rachel, that means so much to me. :) x