This homemade Creamy Tahini dressing is a must-try, with its smooth, nutty, and savory flavor profile that will elevate your salads, sandwiches, and more. It’s become a kitchen staple for us — we always have a jar ready in the fridge!

A glass container of tahini dressing.

Incredibly versatile, this dressing is perfect for drizzling over grilled veggies and meats or you can use it as a delicious dip. While store-bought are out there, there’s something super special about crafting your own creamy, warmly spiced tahini dressing at home.

What is Tahini? 

Tahini, also known as tahina, is a type of paste or spread made with ground sesame seeds. A staple in Middle Eastern cuisine, it can be used on its own or to make other dips such as hummus or baba ganoush

What is Tahini Sauce Made Of? 

Full ingredients and instructions are in the recipe card below! 

  • Tahini Paste – This forms the base of the dressing. 
  • Lime Juice – Freshly squeezed is best! The acidity helps cut through some of the bitterness of the tahini. If preferred, lemon juice will also work.
  • Spices – Ground cumin, salt, and pepper build the savory flavor of the dressing. 
  • White Vinegar – Vinegar helps to emulsify the ingredients, creating a smooth consistency. It’s acidity also balances the sauce.
  • Garlic – Use fresh garlic cloves, and adjust to taste. 

Blend and Serve: How to Make Creamy Tahini Dressing

  1. Combine the ingredients. Add all the ingredients to the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until smooth. Or, whisk everything together in a bowl.
  2. Adjust. Add more water as needed to create a smooth consistency. 
  3. Serve. Transfer your tahini sauce to a serving bowl, and garnish with fresh parsley. 

Note: Tahini sauce typically has a light, runny texture similar to salad dressing. However, you can make it as thin or as thick as you like! 

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Serving Suggestions

There’s not much this tahini dressing doesn’t pair well with! We love to use it with veggies, salads, meats, and snacks. Here are just a few of the recipes we take to the next level with this sauce:

How to Store

Store leftover tahini dressing in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week. Just give it a good stir or shake before using it! 

The tahini may thicken over time. Add more water as needed to loosen it back up before serving. 

Common Questions About Tahini Dressing

Why is my tahini dressing so bitter? 

Sesame seeds are naturally slightly bitter. However, roasting at too high of a temperature can cause them to be even more bitter. Feel free to add maple syrup or honey to balance some of the bitterness.

What does tahini taste like? 

Tahini has a nutty, earthy, slightly bitter flavor. 

Is tahini healthy? 

Tahini is a good source of healthy fats. However, it is high in calories and should be consumed in moderation. Consult your doctor with any specific concerns! 

More Dressing, Dips, and Spreads

A container of tahini dressing.

Tahini Dressing Recipe

5 from 3 votes
Author: Food Dolls
Servings: 12 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Skip the store-bought options, and make this creamy tahini dressing recipe with less than ten ingredients and just a few minutes instead! 

Ingredients  

  • 1/2 cup of tahini paste stirred
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 3 Tablespoons cold water or more if needed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 clove garlic
  • Fresh Italian parsley for garnish

Instructions 

  • In a food processor, add the tahini, lime juice, water, cumin, vinegar, salt, pepper, and garlic. Process the ingredients until well combined. If needed, add more water to achieve the desired consistency. Or, add all the ingredines to a bowl, and whisk until smooth.
    1/2 cup of tahini paste, 3 Tablespoons fresh lime juice, 3 Tablespoons cold water, 1 teaspoon ground cumin, 1 teaspoon white vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, ¼ teaspoon black pepper, 1 clove garlic
    Tahini dressing ingredients in a bowl.
  • Transfer the tahini dressing to a serving bowl.
    A bowl of tahini dressing.
  • Garnish with fresh Italian parsley.
    Fresh Italian parsley for garnish

Equipment

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 61kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 101mg | Potassium: 55mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0.1g | Vitamin A: 11IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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14 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Love this! So yummy. Side note: My mom loves the glass you have the dressing in in the first picture, do you remember where you got it from?

    1. Thank you, Amanda! We’re not sure where we got it, but we will try to find a similar one!

      Xo,
      Alia & Radwa

      1. 5 stars
        I love the dressing because it taste great and doesn’t have additional fat. It’s so so yummy and love tahini.

  2. Do you think this would be good on Buddha bowls? I’d like to start making bowls with rice, veggies, protein, etc., but not sure what sauce might work.