We’ve been asked so many times to reveal our secret sauce that we’ve lost count. It’s what we use for salad dressing and as a sauce for roasted veggies as well as fish and chicken. When you eat it, you stop and say, “Mmmmm…that’s so good!”
If you’ve ever been to one of Erin’s cooking classes, then you’ve tasted it and been given the recipe. But for the rest of you who haven’t, we’ve decided to share it with you. The secret is now out.
The sauce is probably one of the easiest things to make. Four ingredients. Yup, that’s it. Four. Count ’em. One, two, three, four.
Now some of the ingredients might be new to you, but once you buy them (and they’re not that hard to find), you’ll find lots of ways to use them. And even if you can’t figure out another recipe in which to use them, you’ll just keep making this sauce over and over again.
- Tamari or soy sauce (low sodium). We use gluten-free tamari.
- Rice vinegar. This comes in both seasoned (contains a small amount of sugar and salt) and unseasoned (no sugar or salt). We prefer the seasoned so we don’t have to add any sweetener to balance out the acidity of the vinegar.
- Tahini, a.k.a. sesame seed paste. This can be found near the peanut butter in your market.
- Miso. This is fermented soybean paste. It comes in different colors, which have to do with how long it has been aging. The white and yellow miso are the mildest and sweetest. The red and brown types are very strong in flavor. We prefer the sweet yellow or white miso for this recipe.
Both miso and soy sauce contain glutamate, an amino acid, which imparts the umami flavor. If you haven’t heard of umami, it’s the fifth flavor on your tastebuds (sweet, salty, sour, and bitter being the other four). The best way to describe umami is yummy, earthy, and delicious. It’s that thing that makes you go “mmmm.”
The vinegar adds acidity, which really makes any recipe “pop” with flavor. Rice vinegar is by far our favorite of all flavored vinegars. Plus, vinegar is a good digestive aid.
Tahini is most commonly found in hummus. If you are unable to eat peanut or nut butters, try tahini in their place. Yes, you can spread it on bread with some all-fruit preserves to make a sandwich.
Miso is not only a powerful flavor ingredient, it also has health benefits. Because it is a fermented food, that means it contains probiotics, those beneficial bacteria that boost immunity, decrease inflammation, and can help with weight loss. Score!
Enjoy our secret sauce on some roasted rainbow carrots or as a dressing like we use in our baby kale salad. Bon apetit!
- 2 Tbs. sweet yellow miso
- 2 Tbs. tahini
- 1 Tbs. low-sodium tamari
- 2-3 tbs. seasoned rice vinegar
- Place all ingredients in a mason jar. Screw on the lid and shake until well combined. If it's too thick, add a little water or come more vinegar.
The sauce will stay fresh in the refrigerator for 2-3 weeks, if it lasts that long. If it thickens up on you, you can add some water or more vinegar to thin it out to the consistency that you desire. Click here for a video on how to make the dressing.