This creamy tahini dressing recipe is quick and easy to make and lightly seasoned with garlic, lemon and cumin.
This dreamy tahini dressing is one of my all-time favorites. ♡
It’s quick and easy to make with just 5 ingredients — tahini, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and a hint of cumin. The rich tahini flavor is brightened up with the lemon, and balanced with just the right hints of garlic and cumin. The texture is perfectly creamy and can be thickened for dipping or thinned out for drizzling as much as you prefer. And best of all, it all comes together in just 5 minutes.
Feel free to add in a hint of maple syrup to sweeten or some cayenne for a bit of heat, if you would like. And while we love drizzling this tahini dressing on all sorts of salads here in our home, it would also be delicious served with everything from pastas to falafel, baked potatoes, roasted veggies, sandwiches, and more. So grab a jar of good-quality tahini, and let’s make a quick batch of tahini sauce together!
Here are a few brief notes about the ingredients you will need to make this tahini dressing recipe:
Tahini: I recommend buying a good-quality, non-bitter brand of tahini that you love for this dressing, especially since tahini is the main ingredient. I prefer Soom tahini, but there are many delicious brands available.
Lemon juice: Fresh lemon juice pairs so beautifully with tahini in this dressing. I always use this juicer, which makes the process a breeze.
Garlic: I recommend pressing or grating fresh garlic so that this dressing is nice and smooth.
Ground cumin or smoked paprika: I typically make this dressing with ground cumin, but smoked paprika can also add a delicious smoky twist.
Fine sea salt: To bring out the best of these delicious ingredients.
How To Make Tahini Dressing
This tahini dressing is wonderfully quick and easy to make in either a:
Mixing bowl: Combine all of the ingredients and whisk until smooth.
Mason jar: Combine all of the ingredients, cover, and shake vigorously until smooth.
Blender: Combine all of the ingredients and purée until smooth.
Here are a few ways that you’re welcome to customize this tahini dressing recipe:
Add sweetener: Add a tablespoon of maple syrup for a lovely hint of sweetness.
Add heat: Add a pinch of cayenne or chili powder to give this dressing a subtle kick.
Add fresh herbs: Add chopped fresh dill, mint, parsley or chives as desired.
Add Dijon: Add a teaspoon or two of Dijon mustard.
Ways To Use Tahini Dressing
There are so many delicious ways that you can put this to use. We love using it best…
Combine. Whisk all ingredients together in a small mixing bowl until combined. The tahini may seize up briefly, but it should smooth out quickly as you continue whisking. If the dressing is too thick for your liking, you’re welcome to mix in an extra tablespoon or two of water.
Serve. Serve and enjoy! Leftover dressing can be refrigerated in a sealed container for up to 1 week.
Recipe edits: This recipe was edited from the original to remove the cayenne and slightly decrease the amount of cumin/smoked paprika.