This flavorful and savory Creamy Harissa Dressing is vegan, oil-free, gluten-free, and so delicious you’ll want to keep it in regular rotation! Made with rich tahini, fresh lemon juice, garlic, spicy harissa seasoning, and a touch of maple sweetness. Just whisk everything together in a bowl, and you’re ready to drizzle, slather and dip.
I first shared the recipe for this creamy harissa dressing as part of my Kale Slaw. But I’ve had such good feedback about it, I wanted to give the dressing its own post. It’s so quick and easy to throw together and goes well with so many foods, so this will just make it easier to find!
Depending on how you plan to use this versatile sauce, you can adjust the consistency by including or omitting the water listed in the recipe. Leave the dressing a bit on the thicker side for spreading on sandwiches, or thin it out just a touch for dressing salads. Try it on potato wedges and fries, sandwiches, wraps, and as a dip for raw or steamed veggies (I dipped steamed broccoli florets in it today for lunch – so good!). It’s also perfect in this Kale Slaw With Harissa Dressing!
If you prefer less heat just decrease the amount of harissa. This dressing is completely versatile and delicious no matter how much harissa you decide to add! See the milder color of the dressing in the photo above? I used about 2/3 of the harissa that day, as compared to the dressing in the other photos. The smoky, unique flavor of harissa was still present, but the heat was more subtle. And it was irresistibly delicious with the oil-free roasted baby potatoes! 😀
As always, I would love to hear from you if you try this easy, vegan, creamy harissa dressing. Let me know your favorite foods to pair it with. Enjoy!
Creamy Harissa Dressing
- 1/4 cup tahini
- 1 Tbsp maple syrup
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1 large clove garlic, minced
- 1 Tbsp plus 1 tsp dried harissa seasoning blend (decrease for less spiciness)
- 2 to 3 Tbsp water, for consistency
- 1 tsp fine sea salt
- Combine the tahini, maple, and lemon juice in a bowl, and whisk with a fork until smooth. Add the garlic, harissa, 1 Tbsp water, and salt, and whisk again. For a thinner consistency add another tablespoon or two of water.