Lemon Garlic Tahini Dressing

We both love this tahini dressing. Of all the salad dressing recipes we have shared, this tahini-based dressing is the one you will most likely find in our fridge. It’s creamy, flavorful, and works drizzled over just about anything. Think hearty salads, grain bowls, roasted veggies, and even as a sauce for meats or seafood. Jump to the Creamy Lemon Tahini Dressing Recipe

Homemade Tahini Dressing

We have all sorts of homemade salad dressings on Inspired Taste, but this tahini dressing is the one I have in my fridge the most often. It’s not too different from our Dreamy Tahini Sauce, which we also love.

This easy salad dressing features tahini, lemon juice, garlic, and toasted sesame oil. It’s creamy, flavorful, and perfect for greens, cooked grains, or used as a sauce for veggies and meats. A total keeper! Here’s one of our favorite ways to use it: Tahini Lemon Quinoa Bowls!

Homemade Tahini Dressing

How to Make Tahini Dressing

To make our tahini dressing, all you need to do is whisk everything together. You might notice that the tahini thickens a little on you, but as you whisk in the water and other ingredients, it should relax and turn into a creamy sauce.

To make this dressing special, start with homemade tahini. We first started making our tahini when we shared this hummus recipe. Since then, we’ve always preferred homemade tahini over store-bought.

Whisking tahini dressing ingredients together

Our Favorite Uses for Tahini Dressing

Use this simple tahini dressing on just about anything, but here are a few of our favorites:

  • Greens like kale, romaine, or baby lettuce
  • Crunchy veggies like bell peppers, carrots, and cucumber
  • Toss with cooked or canned beans, like chickpeas
  • It’s fantastic drizzled over cooked grains like quinoa or farro
  • Spoon it over roasted vegetables

We hope you try this tahini dressing; it’s perfectly creamy and made without any dairy or mayo!

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Lemon Garlic Tahini Dressing

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We both love this tahini dressing. Of all the salad dressing recipes we have shared on Inspired Taste, this tahini-based dressing is the one you will most likely find in our fridge. It’s creamy, flavorful, and works drizzled over just about anything. Think hearty salads, grain bowls, roasted veggies, and even as a sauce for meats or seafood.

Makes 1/2 cup

Watch Us Make the Recipe

You Will Need

1/4 cup well-stirred tahini, try homemade tahini

1 small garlic clove, grated or finely minced

3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon honey, maple syrup or agave

1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt

1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika

3 tablespoons cold water, more if needed

Directions

    Whisk everything but the water in a small bowl. Don’t worry if the mixture seems clumpy at first. Once you whisk in the water, the dressing will relax and become creamy.

    Add three tablespoons of cold water, and then whisk until creamy. For a thinner consistency, add a little more water.

    Season to taste with additional lemon juice or salt.

    Store the dressing in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • Nutrition facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA database to calculate approximate values.

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Nutrition Per Serving: Serving Size 2 tablespoons / Calories 149 / Total Fat 12.7g / Saturated Fat 1.8g / Cholesterol 0mg / Sodium 163.1mg / Carbohydrate 8.6g / Dietary Fiber 1.5g / Total Sugars 4.7g / Protein 2.7g
AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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2 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Adobehead October 22, 2022, 9:53 am

    I have tried half a dozen different recipes for Tahini dressing and now the search is over. This is delicious and takes only minutes to make. I like the Inspired Taste recipes so much, thank you!

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  • Karen Humbert August 16, 2022, 1:35 pm

    This dressing is delicious. I cut to 1.5 tsp olive oil and no sesame seed oil as I am pre diabetic and need to watch fat. I put 1 tablespoon over your quinoa salad. Love, love love!!!

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