This easy to prepare, zesty and creamy Lemon Tahini Dressing is my go-to salad dressing whenever I'm in a pinch! We use it as a dressing for salads, drizzle it on wraps and drink it straight from the jar!
If you didn't know by now, I'm obsessed with tahini.
I love it so much that I've found ways to include it in almost every kind of recipe.
I've mixed it into quick breads (like this Black Sesame Tahini Banana Bread).
I've included it in muffins (like these Double Chocolate Black Tahini Banana Muffins).
I've used it as the base for brownies (check out our favorite Easy Vegan Tahini Brownies).
And I've even used it in cookies (see these Chocolate Tahini No Bake Cookies).
While all the examples above are for sweeter snacks and dessert, I often use tahini as the base for most of our savory dressings and condiments, including this Lemon Miso Tahini Dressing and our favorite Hummus Recipe!
Yep. I love tahini.
What is Tahini?
Tahini is basically the sesame seed version of peanut butter. To make tahini, sesame seeds are toasted, hulled and ground into a runny "butter" or paste.
Tahini is often used as a dip on its own or used to make other items such as hummus, baba ganoush and halva.
Different Kinds of Tahini
While the most popular kind of tahini is white tahini, there is also different variations of white tahini and there is even black sesame tahini. Below I'll talk about their differences.
- White tahini: White tahini is made from white sesame seeds. It is most popular in Middle Eastern dishes and condiments such as hummus and baba ganoush.
- Black tahini: Black tahini is simply tahini made from unhulled black sesame seeds. Black tahini is often found in sweet asian desserts such as mochi or steamed buns.
- Hulled tahini: Hulled tahini is made from sesame seeds that have had the outer covering, or hulls, removed. The iron and calcium content of hulled tahini is lower than unhulled tahini.
- Unhulled tahini: Unhulled tahini is made from sesame seeds that still have their outer covering. The iron and calcium content of unhulled sesame seeds is substantially higher than hulled sesame seeds.
Best Brands of Tahini
The number of tahini brands available on the market is astounding...and probably overwhelming if you're new to purchasing and using tahini. Over the years I've found some brands that I love and buy on a regular basis. However, the brands I have access to may be different than the ones you can find at your local grocery store.
Below I'll share with you some of my favorite brands as well as things to look for when trying out different brands of tahini.
When you're looking to purchase tahini, you want to find and use a tahini that is super smooth and doesn't have a clump of paste at the bottom and a pool of oil at the time. While oil separating does occur naturally, I've found that the best brands don't have this issue.
I love to use tahini that I've purchased from world markets or middle eastern grocery stores.
As for specific brands, if you have access to a Kroger, the Simple Truth Organic Tahini is my absolute favorite tahini! It's not bitter, it's affordable and is super runny, making it great for dressings and our favorite tahini brownies! We buy it on a regular basis!
Ingredients for Lemon Tahini Dressing
This lemon tahini dressing is incredibly simple to make! I'm sure you already have most of the ingredients, which I'll list out below, on hand!
- Lemon juice
- Maple syrup
- Sea salt
- Black pepper
If you're really in a pinch like I sometimes am, a simple dressing made from just tahini, lemon juice and salt is just as delicious! However, if you have the time to include a touch of sweetness and some extra spices and garlic, you'll end up with a more flavorful dressing.
How to Make Tahini Dressing
All you'll need to make this dressing are some measuring cups, measuring spoons, a sealable jar and a spoon to mix everything together.
Simply place all of the ingredients into a glass jar and stir until a thick paste forms. This happens when an acid, such as lemon juice, combines with tahini. To thin it out, just add water a little at a time, until your desired consistency has been reached.
Taste the dressing and add more salt for saltiness, lemon juice for zest or black pepper for kick!
How to Store Homemade Tahini Dressing
This dressing is best stored in a sealable jar in the fridge. Thanks to the lemon juice, it should last for about a week.
As it sits in the fridge, it will most likely thicken up a little bit. To thin it out before using, simply stir in a little water until it reaches your desired consistency.
Best Uses for Tahini Dressing
I love having this homemade lemon tahini dressing on hand because it seems to go so well with a bunch of different meals. Below I'll share some of our favorite ways to use tahini dressing.
- As a salad dressing.
- As a condiment for wraps and sandwiches.
- As a dip for veggies.
- As a sauce for buddha bowls.
- As a dressing for avocado toast.
- As a drink...jk, but seriously!
I'd love to know if you give this simple, easy to make Lemon Tahini Dressing a try! Please let me know your thoughts in the comments below. If you like it as much as we do, be sure to give the recipe a five star rating by clicking on the stars in the recipe card!
- ½ cup tahini
- ¼ cup lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon liquid sweetener
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- ½ teaspoon ground cumin
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt, plus more to taste
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Water to thin
- In a sealable jar, combine all of the ingredients except for the water. Stir until a thick paste forms.
- Add water a little at a time until the dressing reaches your desired consistency.
- Taste and add more salt for saltiness, lemon juice for zest or pepper for kick!
- Drizzle on salads, wraps or drink it straight from the jar!
Nutrition InformationYield 10 Serving Size 2 tablespoons
Amount Per Serving Calories 74Total Fat 6gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 0mgSodium 60mgCarbohydrates 3gFiber 1gSugar 0gProtein 2g
Nutrition information is a rough estimate provided by Nutrionix and should be used for informational purposes only.