tahini salad dressing in a clear glass pitcher.

This Tahini Dressing Recipe is a rich creamy sauce made with sesame paste (aka tahini), lemon juice, a little bit of hot water, and garlic. It is a delicious dressing recipe sauce that is perfect for topping salads, dipping veggies, and to drizzle over some homemade falafel. 

small glass pitcher filled with tahini dressing recipe.

What Is Tahini

Tahini is sesame butter, also known as sesame paste. It is made by grinding sesame seeds into a paste. Tahini has a bitter taste on it’s own and is complemented by adding acid (such as lemon juice) salt, and seasonings such as garlic. 

It is mostly used in Mediterranean style recipes and best known for making a tahini dressing recipe that goes great over top of a falafel filled pita sandwich! Tahini is also used to make hummus (my fav is this Roasted Red Pepper Hummus), and can be used in sweet recipes as well, such as Tahini Brownies.

tahini paste in a bowl.

What You Need To Make Tahini Dressing Recipe

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Tahini paste, aka as sesame seed butter. I love this brand.

Olive oil

Fresh Lemons

Whole Garlic Cloves

Salt and Pepper

Hot Water

Lemon Juicer and Strainer

tahini dressing mixture in mixing bowl.

Tips and Recommendations

  • Make sure the tahini is at room temperature and stir it well before measuring.
  • Be sure to use fresh garlic cloves. The flavor will not be the same if you substitute powder. 
  • Spice the tahini dressing up a little with a few pinches of cayenne pepper or cumin.
  • Buy good tahini. My favorite brand is found at Trader Joe’s, but if that is not available to you, then this is my next go to brand.  
  • Hot water will help to emulsify the ingredients and fresh lemon juice helps to thicken the dressing.
  • Stir in 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh parsley.
tahini salad dressing recipe on a falafel salad.

Other Homemade Dressing Recipes To Try

Chipotle Salad Dressing

Homemade Ranch Dressing

Italian Vinaigrette Recipe

Thousand Island Dressing Recipe

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Tahini Dressing Recipe

A delicious dressing recipe that is excellent on salads, sandwiches, as a dip, and more.
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Course: Condiments
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: Tahini Dressing Recipe
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 187kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons tahini
  • 4 tablespoons hot water
  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 large garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  • Place the tahini in a medium sized mixing bowl. Whisk in the water, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic cloves. Refrigerate in an airtight container up to 1 week.
    adding ingredients to tahini.

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Notes

Tips and Recommendations

  • Make sure the tahini is at room temperature and stir it well before measuring.
  • Be sure to use fresh garlic cloves. The flavor will not be the same if you substitute powder. 
  • Spice the tahini dressing up a little with a few pinches of cayenne pepper or cumin.
  • Buy good tahini. My favorite brand is found at Trader Joe’s, but if that is not available to you, then this is my next go to brand.  
  • Hot water will help to emulsify the ingredients and fresh lemon juice helps to thicken the dressing.
  • Stir in 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh parsley.

Nutrition

Calories: 187kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 297mg | Potassium: 92mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 12IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg

About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.

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  1. […] This easy Homemade Falafel is a Mediterranean style recipe that is great as an appetizer or as part of a main dish, on salads or in sandwiches with a drizzle of tahini dressing! […]

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