Creamy Sesame Ginger Dressing (Vegan, Dairy-Free)

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This decadent creamy sesame ginger dressing is an easy, mouthwatering sauce for buddha bowls, salads, and stir-frys that you can mix up in under 5 minutes.

A close up of a spoon of creamy sesame ginger dressing drizzle over a bowl.

This is one of my favorite dressings and sauces. It’s extremely flavorful from the sesame oil, fresh ginger, and garlic. I love this as a salad dressing or on buddha bowls with my Crispy Asian Tofu.

What do I need to make vegan sesame ginger dressing?

The main ingredient is vegan mayo (does not contain any eggs). Hellman’s makes a good vegan mayo. A a high quality tahini that will enhance the creaminess and flavor. Toasted sesame oil provides a great depth of flavor to the sauce. You will also use soy sauce for saltiness and some lemon juice for acidity. The fresh minced ginger is the star of the sauce and the garlic cloves are a runner up to create this flavorful dressing.

How to make creamy sesame ginger dressing

This sauce is as easy as it gets! Simply put all your ingredients in a blender (I used my NutriNinja) and blend. If you don’t have a blender you can whisk in a bowl (but make sure your ginger and garlic are finely minced).

overhead picture of creamy sesame ginger dressing (vegan).

Is this sauce vegan?

Yes, this dressing is vegan with no dairy products used. We used vegan mayo instead of regular mayo which helps create a creamy, yummy sauce.

Where can I find vegan mayo?

Vegan mayo is different than regular mayo in that it doesn’t contain any egg. Many grocery stores now carry vegan mayo. Hellman’s makes a great vegan mayo.

Is this gluten-free?

This recipe contains soy sauce which is not gluten-free but you can easily substitute with tamari or coconut aminos. The rest of the ingredients are gluten-free!

Ways to use Vegan Sesame Ginger Dressing

This vegan sesame ginger dressing is amazing on buddha bowls (such as my Crispy Asian Tofu Buddha Bowl seen below), drizzled on salads, stir frys, or other asian noodle dishes. I highly recommend trying out this sauce with my famous Crispy Asian Tofu Buddha Bowl. It’s one of my favorites of all time that combines a crispy tofu coated in a tasty asian sauce with other wholesome ingredients such as edamame, kale, brown rice, avocado and more. The addition of the creamy sesame ginger dressing is match made in heaven!

How to store this dressing

Store this sauce in a container or jar in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

This picture shows a crispy asian tofu buddha bowl with a creamy sesame ginger dressing.

Substitutions for Vegan Sesame Ginger Dressing

Soy Sauce

To make this recipe gluten free use tamari in place of soy sauce.

Maple Syrup

You can substitute maple syrup for brown sugar or date syrup.


Substitute tahini with cashew butter, sunflower butter, or hummus. The flavor will be slightly different but still delicious!

Lemon Juice

Substitute with rice vinegar for similar acidity.

Why you’ll love this recipe:

  • It contains simple ingredients that blend to a flavorful sauce.
  • It’s vegan, plantbased, dairyfree, and optionally glutenfree with the substitution of tamari for soy sauce.
  • It can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 weeks (although I doubt it will last that long!)

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Creamy Sesame Ginger Sauce (Vegan, Dairy-Free)

Allie Petersen
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Course Condiment
Cuisine Asian
Servings 8 servings
Calories 169 kcal


  • 1/2 cup Vegan mayo
  • 1/4 cup Tahini
  • 1 Tbsp Toasted sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp Maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp Soy sauce or tamari for gluten-free
  • 1.5 Tbsp fresh ginger
  • 2 Garlic cloves minced
  • ~2 Tbsp water


  • Mix all ingredients in a blender until combined.
  • Drizzle over buddha bowls, stir fry, salads, and more!


Find vegan mayo at most grocery stores near the other mayo. Hellman’s now makes a vegan mayo. 


Calories: 169kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 2gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 335mgPotassium: 66mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 5IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 19mgIron: 0.5mg
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