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Tahini Dressing

This Lemon Tahini Dressing is made with just 3 simple ingredients in 5 minutes. It's the ultimate creamy sauce for just about anything. Gluten-free, Vegan, Oil-free.
Course Dressing
Cuisine American
Method No-Bake
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Calories 752kcal
Author Caitlin Shoemaker


For the Tahini Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup tahini see note
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice about 1-2 lemons
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup water, divided; plus more to taste

Optional Add-Ins: (choose your adventure!)


  • Prep (optional): If you are using fresh garlic, combine it with the lemon juice and let sit for 5 minutes for a more mellow flavor.
  • Tahini Paste: Add the tahini, lemon juice, salt, and any additional add-ins to a medium bowl. Whisk together; the tahini will become very thick and lighter in color.
  • Thin Out: Slowly pour 1/4 cup (60 ml) of the water into the bowl as you whisk it into the mixture. Slowly add the remaining water to the bowl while you mix the dressing vigorously. If you would like your dressing to be thinner, continue to add water slowly and whisk until the dressing reaches your desired consistency.
  • Serve & Store: Enjoy immediately or store in the fridge for up to one week. The dressing will thicken in the fridge, but you can thin it out with a bit of water if necessary.


  • Tahini: I find most store-brand tahini to be very thick and bitter; good tahini should be smooth and runny! I prefer to use Soom Foods tahini. If your tahini is on the thicker side, you may need to add more water to thin the dressing out more.


Calories: 752kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 64g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 28g | Monounsaturated Fat: 24g | Sodium: 1215mg | Potassium: 679mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 828IU | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 202mg | Iron: 6mg