vegan lemon tahini sauce whole30 compliant

Lemon Tahini Salad Dressing {Vegan, Whole30}

Meredith 10:33 pm

This quick and easy lemon tahini dressing can be made in just a minute or two.  By simply adding lemon juice to tahini, you can create a creamy and tangy sauce that is a delicious salad dressing or versatile sauce.

vegan lemon tahini sauce whole30 compliant

What is tahini?

Tahini is simply a paste made from ground-up sesame seeds.  It is high in protein and full of healthy, unsaturated fats.  Tahini is a pantry staple in our house.  I like to buy my tahini from Trader Joe’s (#notanad) because it comes in a glass jar and is reasonably priced.  I use tahini in homemade hummus, as the binder for my protein-packed homemade granola, and in this delicious and simple Lemon Tahini dressing.

Add lemon juice to tahini to create a creamy dressing

Adding lemon juice to tahini transforms it from an oily paste to a into a thick and creamy mixture.

whole30 compliant lemon tahini sauce
Adding lemon juice to tahini
vegan lemon tahini sauce
Simply whisk thoroughly to create a thick and creamy mixture

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.

vegan lemon tahini dressing
Add sea salt and adjust water to reach your desired thickness

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 and luscious 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 and can be stored in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Lemon Tahini Salad Dressing Recipe {Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Vegan & Whole30 Compliant}

4.94 from 15 votes
vegan lemon tahini sauce whole30 compliant
Lemon Tahini Dressing
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins

Creamy and tangy dairy-free dressing made from 3 simple ingredients.  {Gluten-free, Dairy-free}

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy whole30 tahini salad dressing recipe, how to make tahini dressing
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 63 kcal
  • ½ cup tahini
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • ½ cup water
  • ½  teaspoon sea salt
  1. Whisk together tahini and lemon juice (mixture will become very thick)
  2. Add water and salt and whisk until combined
Recipe Notes

Recipe makes approximately 1.5 cups of sauce.  Nutrition information is based on a 2 tablespoon serving.

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 always 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: 

arugula lentil salad with cumin toasted pine nuts, oven roasted tomatoes and avocado
Arugula Lentil Salad
garbanzo bean salad with lemon tahini dressing
Chickpea Red Pepper Salad
easy grilled rosemary lemon chicken
Lemon Rosemary Grilled Chicken







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This oil-free lemon tahini dressing is super easy to make! A simple and delicious sauce, this lemony tahini sauce is whole30 compatible and dairy-free!

Nutrition information (per 2 tablespoon serving):

  • 63 calories
  • 0 g added sugar
  • 0 g fiber
  • 2 g protein
  • 102 mg sodium
  • 6 g fat


  1. Sounds delicious and making some today! About How long Do you think this dressing would last in fridge ?

  2. Tahini and falafel is a classic combo and how about adding this dressing over some roasted salmon? Did you try? Eather way tahini dressing is something I would love to have in my fridge every day, delicious

  3. So simple, so good! I love making tahini dressing 🙂 Sometimes I add a little yoghurt too and it makes a yummy creamy addition to salad bowls or with meatballs!

  4. Love the simplicity of this dressing. I bet it would be so good with roasted vegetables.

  5. I love multi-purpose sauces and dressings like this. The simplicity of this recipe is a bonus!

  6. Mmm lemon and tahini sounds so delicious. I’m always looking for new salad dressing, thanks for sharing this!

  7. I love tahini anything! This sounds so easy, too, I can’t wait to try it!

  8. You had me at four ingredients!! And I bet this tastes so good! Perfect for Spring!

  9. I love tahini as a base for salad dressings! Great recipe!

  10. Love a good lemony dressing, and I love that this only takes 4 ingredients! I bet this will be amazing on a summer salad.

  11. I’ve made tahini dressing a few times but didn’t have good measurements to follow. Thank you for this recipe!

    • My pleasure Joni! I find that 0.5 cups of water makes a nice / thin dressing… though if I want a truly thick tahini sauce, I have cut the water down all the way to just 2 tablespoons in the past. It is very versatile!

  12. I am always on the hunt for new and fun dressings to jazz up all the salads I eat!! Yum!

  13. I’ve never had tahini in dressing, but I’m all about this 4-ingredient recipe!

    • Thanks Lindsey! I hope you like the tahini dressing… I don’t know what I would do without it in my rotation!

  14. Risa Sanchez

    Hi Meredith,
    I make this salad dressing often. I do add a little balsamic vinegar and a touch of white vinegar to the dressing as well. It rounds out the flavor, I find.

    • Hi Risa – thanks so much for sharing your adaptation. I will have to try it the next time I make the tahini dressing. Thanks again, Meredith

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