This easy tahini dressing 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.
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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)
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 be considered an exotic ingredient only used in 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 butters, it is not naturally sweet at all. It tasted awful on its own. Fair warning….don’t do it!
Nutrition in tahini
Tahini is packed with nutrients like these:
One tablespoon of tahini contains 7.9 g of fat, most of which is from the 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.
Many grocery stores stock tahini paste, and it can usually be found on the same isle as peanut butter.
How to make tahini salad dressing
This tahini dressing really is easy to make with only a few ingredients, a bowl, and a whisk.
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.
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.
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 Sauce
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- 1/3 cup tahini paste
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup lime juice (or lemon)
- 1-2 Tbsp maple syrup or other sweetener
- 1/2 tsp minced garlic or sub garlic powder (optional)
- 1/8 tsp 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.