This flavorful 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 this creamy harissa dressing as part of my Kale Slaw recipe. But I've had such great feedback on it, I wanted to give the dressing its own post.
It's so quick and easy to throw together and goes well with pretty much everything!
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 Couscous Kale Salad With Chickpeas.
If you prefer less heat simply 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 below? I used about ⅔ of amount of 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 creamy harissa dressing comment below and let us know your favorite ways to enjoy it.
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Creamy Harissa Dressing
- ¼ cup tahini
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- ¼ cup lemon juice
- 1 large clove garlic, minced
- 3 to 4 teaspoons dried harissa seasoning blend
- 2 to 3 tablespoons water, as desired for consistency
- 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
- Combine the tahini, maple, and lemon juice in a bowl, and whisk with a fork until smooth.
- Add the garlic, 3 teaspoons harissa, 1 tablespoon water, and salt, and whisk again. For a thinner consistency add another tablespoon or two of water. Taste and adjust, adding more harissa or maple if desired.
Estimated Nutrition (per serving)
Nutrition information is an estimate and will vary depending on the exact amounts and specific products and ingredients used. We calculate this information using the online calculator cronometer.com.
This dressing is all that and more. So delicious!!! This will be a staple in my house from now on. I love it!!!!!
This sounds delicious can't wait to try it. I live in the far north central part of Montana and a lot of products aren't readily available locally. For the maple syrup are you using real maple or just pancake syrup?
Hi John, yes real maple syrup. A good substitute is agave nectar, if you have access to that. Are you able to order things online for delivery? Hope you can get harissa, too!
Yes I can order online, and will be looking for some of the items not found in our tiny store. Thanks for the recipes, I've loved the ones I've tried so far..
II live in Costa Rica and can’t find Harissa seasoning Any suggestions for a substitute?
Hi Jill, you could try chili powder, smoked paprika, and a dash of garlic powder.
Terrific! I stirred in some plain Greek yoghurt for an extra creamy sauce. Piled it lavishly onto roasted delicata stuffed with lentils and farro. Super yummy.