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5-Ingredient Ginger Lime Tahini Salad Dressing (Low FODMAP)

This low histamine salad dressing makes use of just five simple ingredients to bring a little life to your favorite greens. My bright & creamy Ginger Lime Tahini Dressing is low FODMAP, vegan-friendly, and comes together in only 5 minutes!

About this recipe

Super Quick. This gingery low histamine salad dressing whips up in less than 5 minutes, including prep time.

Toppings to Pair: The flavor profile of a ginger lime salad dressing can be very strong without an extra creamy component, so the salad you put it on would benefit from the addition of goat cheese and/or any tolerated nuts, though they’re not a requirement.

Lime Juice: this dressing uses fresh-squeezed lime juice, which some people with a histamine intolerance can’t have in larger amounts, like in a glass of orange juice with breakfast. However each serving of this low histamine dressing contains about 1 teaspoon of lime juice, so those with a mild sensitivity are unlikely to react.

Ingredients

Tahini: often thought of as simply sesame seed butter, tahini is so much more than just ground hulled sesame seeds. It’s also commonly used to add heft and flavor to hummus and other dips, as well as a bit of plant-based protein. Here it acts as the base for the ginger tahini dressing, and an emulsifier for all the flavors.

Lime Juice: the kick of acid from the lime juice really accentuates the complexity of tahini without adding too much flavor of its own. Additionally, lime contains loads of vitamin C, a known mast cell stabilizer, though some people are sensitive to citrus-derived forms of it.

Ginger Powder: possibly the best-known low histamine spice, ginger is the sharp, mildly sweet root of a flower; it’s been used for thousands of years in dishes both sweet and savory.

Maple Syrup: this condensed tree sap helps balance out the brightness of the lime juice and the sharp notes of the ginger. The only decent low histamine sweeteners you could use instead are honey and date syrup.

Coconut Aminos: this is a salty seasoning sauce made by boiling the filtered nectar (sap) of unopened coconut blossoms. The nectar is boiled with sea salt until it looks like dark syrup, and then bottled and sent off. Coconut aminos go through a natural fermentation process which enhances its natural complexity, though most studies show they have little residual histamine. Pure sea salt is a good alternative.

How to make ginger lime salad dressing: step-by-step instructions

Step 1. Squeeze out your fresh lime juice, then peel your fresh ginger (if using) with a spoon and grate it with a micro-plane; you’ll need about 1″ of fresh root.

Step 2. Add your lime juice, tahini, ginger, maple syrup, and coconut aminos to a bowl, then blend it well. You can use an immersion blender, high-powered milk frother, or a small food processor; any of these would do the job, though the latter would whip it up more. Voila! Your ginger lime tahini dressing is all ready to use.

Recipe notes & tips

Ginger Puree: I personally used ginger powder for this recipe, because I adore how smooth I can get the tahini dressing with it (plus that store-bought ginger puree is full of preservatives!). But if you like that texture, I highly recommend grating your own fresh ginger into a puree rather than purchasing it, especially if you’re eating low histamine.

Making a Salad: This ginger lime dressing goes great on everything, in my opinion, but I especially like adding almonds or chia seeds for crunch, and some sort of berry or apple for a fresh punch of flavor. If you can tolerate it, this tastes amazing with goat cheese or any other fresh soft cheese. I like pulled-apart chicken breasts for protein, or even pieces of grilled lamb or bison.

How Many Servings?: This low histamine salad dressing recipe makes about 3/4 of a cup of dressing (without using any water), which dresses about 6 salads for me, but might be anywhere from 4 to 8 for you.

What to do with ginger lime dressing

  • toss it with fresh greens and some grilled chicken or other meat
  • basted onto meat & veggie skewers
  • add life to plain boiled grains or legumes
  • blend it with the herbs of your choice & raw garlic (if tolerated) to make a sauce for chicken or veggies

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Ginger Lime Tahini Dressing (Low Fodmap, Vegan)

Ginger Lime Tahini Dressing (Low Fodmap, Vegan)

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes

A bright, creamy ginger lime tahini dressing with a bit of a bite and tropical undertones. Plus it's a vegan-friendly, low fodmap salad dressing that makes for a great buddha bowl sauce.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons tahini
  • 2 Tablespoons freshly-squeezed lime juice
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut aminos (alt. 1/8 teaspoon salt)
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon ginger powder (alt. 2 teapoons fresh minced ginger)
  • *Water (to thin)

Instructions

  1. Squeeze out your fresh lime juice, then peel your fresh ginger (if using) with a spoon and grate it with a micro-plane; you'll need about 1" of fresh root.
  2. Add your lime juice, tahini, ginger, maple syrup, and coconut aminos to a bowl, then blend it well. You can use an immersion blender, high-powered milk frother, or a small food processor; any of these would do the job, though the latter would whip it up more. Voila! Your ginger lime tahini dressing is all ready to use.

Notes

Ginger Puree: I personally used ginger powder for this recipe, because I adore how smooth I can get the tahini dressing with it (plus that store-bought ginger puree is full of preservatives!). But if you like that texture, I highly recommend grating your own fresh ginger into a puree rather than purchasing it, especially if you're eating low histamine.

Making a Salad: This ginger lime dressing goes great on everything, in my opinion, but I especially like adding almonds or chia seeds for crunch, and some sort of berry or apple for a fresh punch of flavor. If you can tolerate it, this tastes amazing with goat cheese or any other fresh soft cheese. I like pulled-apart chicken breasts for protein, or even pieces of grilled lamb or bison.

How Many Servings?:
This low histamine salad dressing recipe makes about 3/4 of a cup of dressing (without using any water), which dresses about 6 salads for me, but might be anywhere from 4 to 8 for you.

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