15 Delicious Vegetarian Creamy Miso Garlic Dressing Recipes

Garlic and Miso go together like two peas in a pod. They work fantastically together. So really, it’s no surprise to see them paired together in so many dressings. If you are looking for a way to spruce up your salads, or any boring side dishes, we have the solution for you. 

15 Delicious Vegetarian Creamy Miso Garlic Dressing Recipes

Why Garlic?

Garlic is great at enhancing the flavor of most dishes. It’s actually hard to find a dish that doesn’t have garlic in it. But did you know that garlic actually has other benefits than making your food taste better? 

Garlic has been linked to helping our immune system, helping with inflammation and blood pressure. These are all potential benefits of garlic, so they are not certain to work for everyone. Garlic does, however, have a lot of antioxidants. 

Why Miso? 

Miso is one of the most loved fermented foods in the world. Some people eat it daily. If you don’t know what miso is you’ve come to the right place. Miso is essentially a fermented soybean paste. It is very popular in Japanese cuisine. Miso provides a deep umami flavor to the food it is cooked with. 

There are also health benefits when eating miso. Miso may health support gut health and may help to encourage vitamin levels to flourish. Although, miso has high levels of sodium so those who have low-sodium diets may want to use it sparingly. 

Now that we know how great miso and garlic are on their own, let’s see how amazing they are together in these delicious recipes.

1. Creamy Cheesy Miso Sauce

The first sauce or dressing we thought we’d list is one that screams comfort. This creamy, cheesy miso sauce is also vegan! This creamy cheesy miso sauce takes 15 minutes to prepare and 20 minutes to cook.

The dressing has 5 cloves of garlic in it and 2 tablespoons of miso paste. Once you have finished cooking this sauce, you’ll end up with a lovely thick dressing perfect to serve with any vegetables or even rice noodles. You can find the recipe for this dressing at theindigokitchen.com.

2. Creamy Miso Dressing

This creamy miso dressing has very few ingredients. The best thing about this dressing is you just have to combine all of the ingredients together without cooking! This dressing is a little light with the garlic as it only wants one clove to be added.

However, if you really want to you could always add more. After all, cooking is all about being creative! This dressing would be perfect to add to any salad, making it super creamy. You can find this recipe on great-eastern-sun.com. 

3. Miso and tahini dressing

Roasted garlic is a great way to enhance the garlic flavor in any dressing. This recipe does exactly that! This miso and tahini dressing has only eight ingredients. It is the perfect pantry dressing for those spontaneous salad days.

This recipe takes a total of 35 minutes to make. 30 minutes to roast the garlic and 5 minutes to prepare everything. This recipe will make one cup of dressing, that you can store in the fridge. The recipe is available at taste.com.au. 

4. Sweet Miso Garlic Vinaigrette

We love it when our dressings have that sweet umami flavor. So when we saw this recipe, we jumped at the chance to include it in this list. This amazing dressing has the sweet umami flavor contrasting with the tart rice vinegar.

These flavors together make a wonderful dressing. This is another no-cook dressing recipe, you just have to shake all the ingredients together until they have emulsified. It takes a total of 5 minutes to make this dressing, so there are no excuses not to!

If you do make this dressing, it will be enough for one cup. You can find the full recipe on idealistfood.com. 

5. Miso Lemon Tahini Dressing

Miso and tahini seem to be a favorite combination. You’ll find quite a few different variations in this list. This miso dressing has the added element of lemon flavoring.

Although garlic is not mentioned in the title of this recipe, there is 1 head of garlic in this recipe. So, you will definitely be able to taste it. This dressing is creamy, tangy, sweet, and garlicky.

All the flavors you want from a dressing are included in this recipe. This recipe also calls for roasted garlic so the time it takes to make this dressing is 55 minutes. You will also get 10 servings from this recipe. 

6. Green Onion Miso Salad Dressing

Green onion is a staple in so many Japanese dishes. So it is no surprise that a dressing with miso also has green onions in it. This miso dressing has all that you would want in it, ginger, garlic, miso.

Even though this dressing is so creamy, it is also dairy-free. So, those who can’t eat dairy can enjoy a creamy miso dressing. This dressing takes 10 minutes to make and it requires you to have a blender. You can find this recipe at infinebalance.com. 

7. Ginger Miso Dressing

Ginger, miso, and garlic all enhance each other’s flavors. That’s why we wanted to include a dressing that focused on the ginger flavor as well. This dressing is a little light with the garlic as it only requires two cloves.

However, this is easy to adapt as you just need to add more for a stronger garlic flavor. This is a dressing that you can drizzle on salads, cooked vegetables, or add to yogurt for a dip. It can also be added to noodles in place of a sauce. 

8. Miso-Garlic Vinaigrette

Another roasted garlic dressing. This dressing will take slightly longer to make as you will need to roast the garlic for 30 minutes. However, once you have done that, throw all the ingredients in a food processor and you have a creamy vinaigrette. This dressing will serve 8. This recipe only has seven ingredients and is so simple to follow.

It is a mellow vinaigrette that would be great with salads or any kind of cooked vegetables. If you would like a chunky dressing, mix with a whisk instead. 

9. Quick Ginger Garlic Miso Tahini Dressing

Another tahini, miso, and garlic dressing! This one is quick to make and has 15 ingredients. This dressing is vegan and also gluten-free, so people with all sorts of dietary requirements can enjoy it.

This recipe takes a total time of 10 minutes to complete. If you follow this recipe it will make 12 servings. You can also store this dressing in the freezer for up to a month and in the fridge for 5-7 days. 

10. Miso-Chili-Garlic Sauce

We love a spicy dressing! That’s why we had to include at least one in this list (we know spice isn’t for everyone). This miso chili garlic sauce has four ingredients! One of these ingredients is fish sauce, which since this is a vegetarian list doesn’t bode well.

However, it doesn’t specify which fish sauce and there are vegetarian fish sauces on the market. If you are still unsure, you can swap out this ingredient for soy sauce. If you do make this dressing it goes perfectly with vegetables, tofu or can even be used with noodles.

This recipe will make a total of 8 servings. In this case, a serving is one tablespoon of this dressing. You can find this recipe on cookinglight.com.

11. 5-Minute Miso Tahini Sauce (Vegan)

This is another quick and easy miso tahini sauce recipe, only this time it takes 5 minutes! This recipe has 5 ingredients. The garlic in this recipe is garlic powder. However, if you wanted a stronger garlic flavor, you could substitute this for garlic paste or fresh cloves of garlic.

Once you have made this dressing you’ll end up with a cheesy, garlicky, umami flavored dressing. If you are struggling with what to pair this dressing with, it goes great with wrap, on top of some roast veggies, or you could even add it to a grain bowl. The choice is endless. 

12. Miso Chili Garlic Sauce

Here is another delicious variation of mixing miso, chili, and garlic together. This sauce is creamy and buttery, with a subtle kick to it. It is also completely vegan! It is a perfect sauce to add to salads, over vegetables, on a wrap. This sauce could even be used as a dipping sauce.

The recipe is made so the spiciness of this dressing is toddler-friendly. However, you could adjust the amount of spice in this dressing to your liking, making it stand out more. It takes approximately seven minutes in total to make this dressing. This recipe makes four servings. 

13. Easy Ginger Miso Dressing

This ginger and miso dressing is a great healthy and tasty dressing to add to your food. This recipe will take just 5 minutes to make! A great thing about this dressing is that there is no oil in the recipe. The garlic in this recipe is garlic powder.

Whilst some may be perfectly happy with that, you can substitute this for some fresh garlic paste or some blended garlic cloves. We like to increase the intensity of garlic flavors a lot! This dressing is the perfect dressing to add to a bright summer salad or even a bowl of grains.

14. Creamy Garlic-Miso Dressing

This is exactly what you wanted to find in this list. A creamy garlic-miso dressing. This creamy dressing is made from 5 ingredients! The dressing is also completely vegan.

There are so many benefits to this recipe. The recipe calls for 3 cloves of garlic, but as always feel free to add as many as you desire. The recipe also has lemon juice in it, which is a nice contrast to the creaminess of this recipe.

If you decide to make this recipe all you have to do is throw everything in the blender until creamy. This dressing will make five servings. 

15. Miso-Ginger Dressing

To finish this recipe list, we thought we would end with another variation of a miso, ginger, and garlic combination. This dressing will take you 5 minutes to make as all you have to do is mix the ingredients in a blender.

This is another recipe that uses garlic sparingly. This recipe only asks for one clove of garlic. We recommend adding more than one clove of garlic to really amplify the flavor of the garlic. This dressing would be great with any salad, roasted veggies or you could even put it in a wrap. 


This brings us to the end of this list showing you 15 delicious vegetarian creamy miso garlic dressing recipes. The best thing about all these recipes is that they are customizable. You can make the flavors as strong or muted as you like. 

We hope we were able to help you find the perfect dressing. Have fun cooking! 

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