This easy Tahini Sauce recipe takes less than 5-minutes to make with only a handful of ingredients. It’s delicious on pasta, salad, veggie bowls, falafels, and more!
Seriously! This tahini sauce recipe requires only 5 ingredients, and one of them is water. There are two optional add-ins that I like to include, and they are listed below.
We love this tahini dressing because it’s…
- Perfectly sweet
- Requires only a handful of ingredients
- Is great on salads, pasta, and more
How to make this healthy sesame dressing
This tahini dressing really is easy to make with only a few ingredients, a bowl, and a whisk.
Many grocery stores stock tahini paste, and it can usually be found on the same aisle as peanut butter.
Tahini sauce ingredients
- tahini (crushed sesame seeds)
- lime juice (or lemon)
- maple syrup
- minced garlic
- turmeric (optional)
- sriracha, cayenne pepper, or other hot sauce (optional)
Simply add all ingredients except the water to a medium-sized bowl and whisk together. Slowly add in water and mix until creamy and pourable.
The recipe card at the bottom of the page has the full list of ingredients with measurements and instructions.
Tips for making this sauce
- If the mixture seems stiff at first, continue to whisk and add small amounts of water at a time until smooth and creamy.
- Tahini sauce keeps in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.
What is tahini anyway?
Tahini seems to be popping up everywhere lately, but what the heck is it?
Tahini is basically a paste made from toasted and ground sesame seeds. Some people call it sesame butter.
It used to be considered an exotic ingredient only used in the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisines. However, in the last decade or so, it has become widely used in the US and other countries.
Most often, tahini is used in making hummus, dips, and dressings. It has a nutty flavor that even lends itself well to some desserts like Minimalist Baker’s Chocolate Banana Soft Serve.
There is one word of caution, however. Though tahini is crushed sesame seeds, just as peanut butter is crushed peanuts, they are not at all similar in taste.
When I was first introduced to tahini paste, I made the mistake of trying to eat it straight out of the jar on a spoon. Big mistake! Unlike, peanut butter or other nut butter, it is not naturally sweet at all. It tasted awful on its own. Fair warning….don’t do it!
One tablespoon of tahini contains 7.9 g of fat, most of which is from heart-healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. A small amount of tahini goes a long way, so you can get the benefits without stretching out the waistline.
Uses for tahini sauce
- Falafel sauce
- Salad dressing
- Pasta sauce
- Veggie bowls
- Roasted vegetables
- Dip for veggies
- Burger & sandwich topping
Recipes that could use a little tahini dressing
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- 1/3 cup tahini paste
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup lime juice (or lemon)
- 1-2 tablespoon maple syrup or other sweetener
- 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic or sub garlic powder (optional)
- 1/8 teaspoon tumeric (optional)
- sriracha sauce (optional), or other hot sauce
- Add all ingredients except the water to a medium-sized bowl and whisk together.
- Slowly add in water and whisk until creamy and pourable. If the mixture seems stiff at first, continue to whisk and add small amounts of water at a time until smooth and creamy.
- Keeps in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.
Detailed instructions, in-process photos, and my personal helpful tips can be found in the article above.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 4
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 108Sodium: 19mgCarbohydrates: 6.8gFiber: 2gSugar: 2.6gProtein: 2.8g
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