Fresh carrots combine with a touch of tahini in this nutrient-rich, creamy dressing. The hint of ginger adds a beautiful flavor boost. Try this on grains, too!

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By Dreena Burton,


  • ½ cup carrot, cut into discs or small chunks
  • ⅓ cup water
  • 1½ tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 - 1½ tbsp tahini (use full 1½ tbsp for richer flavor)
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • ½ tbsp chickpea miso
  • ½ tsp fresh ginger, roughly chopped
  • ¼ tsp (rounded) sea salt


  • Using a standing blender (high-powered works best to smooth, but regular blender will also work, just purée longer), purée all the ingredients until very smooth. Serve, or refrigerate. Will keep about 4-5 days in the fridge.

    Note: Fresh ginger has a better flavor than dried ginger. Buy a few knobs and keep it in your refrigerator. Then, for this recipe, simply trim away the peel and chop a small amount, you need just a little. It doesn’t have to be finely chopped, as the blender will take care of working it through the dressing.

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Unfortunately I don’t share your tastes. Wasted my tahini etc. Glad others like it!


Seriously, chickpea miso? Who has that? And why? Nevermind, just use soy sauce and some extra tahini and carry on. My real point, though, is that this the best dressing ever put on a salad. Any salad, anywhere, ever. We've had it three days in a row, and we want it again today.

Pamela Feldhues

Many “baby carrots” are also immersed in a chlorine bleach rinse at the end of their processing! Eeewww!


We cannot get chickpea miso where we live. Is there anything we can substitute for it. Even just regular miso is hard to get.

Joyce Jardin

Ashley I found it on Amazon. $12.99 for a pound, organic, or $7.99 for a half pounf


Good job Dreena, this is excellent ! Tastes even better than the ones you get in the Japanese restaurants! 5 stars and thank you !!!!


Light and delicious! It's a keeper.


Out of all the vegan salad dressings that I make this is one of the very best. Light but lots of flavor! Thank you!!

Dreena Burton

So happy you love it!

Jacki Foster

Just made this to pair with our dinner salad and it was very new/different for everyone. I love it! It was a hit for my husband too. I will be saving this as a go-to dressing! I had every ingredient besides the red wine vinegar, I subbed with balsamic vinegar! So so good! It was vibrant with lots of depth.

marcia Ann boehm

Why and what is chickpea miso?

Made In Nature

"Chickpea miso is made from brown rice and chickpeas and is typically aged for 1 to 3 months. Its flavor is stronger than that of white miso but not quite as rich as red miso. We find it's well suited for most American palates and terrific in dips, spreads, soups." -

Mary B

This is me very favorite, healthy and delicious dressing!!!! Love, love, love!

farid Rozzco



Had been looking for a new healthy dressing. I used white soybean miso. The recipe is fantastic and a beautiful color. The whole family loved it!


Delicious!! Used baby carrots to make it easy and it's wonderful. Great recipe!


Did you know "baby carrots" are just broken pieces of regular carrots shaped and smoothed? Real baby carrots are too thin and not very tasty to use.'t%20actually%20baby%2Dsized%20carrots.&text=Baby%20carrots%20are%20just%20pieces,buy%20at%20the%20grocery%20store.


I made the recipe pretty much as is and it was delicious on a grain bowl. We are adding it to our "rotation" of dressings. Well done!



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Dreena Burton

Dreena Burton has written six cookbooks charting her journey as a plant-powered cook and at-home mother of three. Always passionate about creating nutritious recipes, she is an advocate of using the “vegan basics” (beans, nuts, seeds, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables) to create dishes that are healthy but also very satisfying and delicious! For more on her plant-powered recipes and newest cookbook, Dreena’s Kind Kitchen: 100+ Whole-Foods Vegan Recipes to Enjoy Every Day, visit, and follow her on Instagram and Facebook.
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