It just takes a minute or two to make this delicious and easy lemon tahini dressing that is a delicious salad dressing or versatile sauce. Simply combine lemon juice, water, and tahini with a little sea salt for a creamy and tangy sauce that is gluten-free and vegan!
What is tahini?
Tahini is a paste of ground-up sesame seeds. It is high in protein and full of healthy, unsaturated fats.
Tahini is a pantry staple in our house. I buy my tahini from Trader Joe’s (and no, I am not compensated for recommending it). Trader Joe’s tahini is organic, packaged in a glass jar, and priced reasonably.
I use tahini in homemade hummus, as the binder for my protein-packed homemade granola, and in this delicious and simple Lemon Tahini dressing.
Tahini-based creamy sauce
Adding lemon juice and water transform tahini transforms it from an oily paste into a thick and creamy sauce.
You can change the amount of water you add to the lemon tahini mixture to create your preferred sauce consistency. My recipe, as written, makes a thin tahini dressing that is ideal for adding (generously) to salads.
Do you want a sauce that is a little thicker to serve with grilled veggies? Try using a ¼ cup of water instead. For a thick sauce that goes well with grilled chicken, reduce the water to only 2 tablespoons.
This recipe makes approximately 1.5 cups of lemon tahini sauce.
Store this lemon tahini dressing for up to one week in the refrigerator.
Lemon Tahini Salad Dressing Recipe
- 1/2 cup tahini
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup water, depending on desired thickness
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- Whisk together tahini and lemon juice. The mixture will become very thick
- Add water until desired consistency is reached
- Season with salt to taste
Recipe makes approximately 1.5 cups of sauce. Nutrition information is based on a 2 tablespoon serving.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 61Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 103mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 2g
Nutrition information calculated by Nutritionix
This lemon tahini salad dressing is delicious on salads, roast veggies, falafel, and even with grilled chicken or lamb. Though it is fast to make, I try to keep some on hand for pulling together a salad bowl with leftovers and either baby spinach or arugula for a quick and easy lunch or dinner.
Lemon Tahini Salad Dressing serving suggestions:
Serve this lemon tahini dressing as a sauce with this favorite herby grilled chicken.
Lemon tahini sauce is a perfect topping to this delicious sheet-pan chicken shawarma dinner.
This lemon tahini sauce is also delicious as a salad dressing on your favorite greens and veggies. It is also the perfect tangy addition to this hearty arugula lentil salad with avocado and roasted tomatoes.
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This recipe was originally published in Aug, 2017 and recently updated with enhanced instructions and refreshed photos.