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Lemon Tahini Salad Dressing {Vegan, Whole30}

Lemon Tahini Salad Dressing {Vegan, Whole30}

It just takes a minute or two to make this delicious and easy lemon tahini dressing.  By simply adding lemon juice and water to tahini, you can create a creamy and tangy sauce that is a delicious salad dressing or versatile sauce.

lemon tahini sauce in small container with salad in background

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 (#notanad). 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.

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.

Store this lemon tahini dressing for up to one week in the refrigerator.

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

Vegan lemon tahini sauce that is Whole30 compliant and keto friendly

Lemon Tahini Dressing

Yield: 12 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

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


  • 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


  1. Whisk together tahini and lemon juice. The mixture will become very thick
  2. Add water until desired consistency is reached
  3. 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.  

Whole30 Lemon rosemary grilled chicken recipe
Sheet Pan whole30 chicken shawarma recipe

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.

Other delicious homemade salad dressing recipes you will love:

Keto ginger miso dressing recipe for buddha bowls

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This recipe was originally published in Aug, 2017 and recently updated with enhanced instructions and refreshed photos.

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