Transport your taste buds to the heart of the Middle East with this simple and authentic Tahini Salad recipe! Featuring a medley of fresh tomatoes, crisp cucumbers, and vibrant red onions, all coated in a creamy tahini dressing, this dish is a celebration of tangy, nutty, and refreshing flavors. While it’s traditionally served over a bed of rice feel free to enjoy it in a variety of delicious ways!

A bowl of cucumber tomato tahini salad with a side of pita chips.

Why This Cucumber Tomato Tahini Salad Recipe Is Tantalizing

This salad is a popular recipe throughout the Middle East and Egypt and is one we grew up eating! Although it might not look like your average salad recipe, it’s one we guarantee you’ll find yourself making again and again. 

You see, unlike a standard side salad recipe such as an Italian chopped salad or even a Greek salad that features crisp veggies and just a touch of dressing, traditional tahini salad is smothered in the tangy, vibrant dressing (which is really more of a sauce). It features finely chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, and fresh herbs for a recipe that’s nutritious, refreshing, and great to complement all your favorite dishes like beef kofta and Middle Eastern chicken

Not to mention this authentic tahini salad recipe is: 

  • Made with a handful of healthy ingredients
  • Created with minimal prep time and zero cooking time
  • Easy to make ahead of time
  • The perfect side dish or appetizer for all your favorite meals. 

What Is Tahini Salad Made Of?

As with many Middle Eastern recipes, this salad is crafted with just a handful of fresh ingredients. It’s an incredible combination of savory, tangy, refreshing, and nutty all at once! Here’s the lineup of what you need for this flavor-packed salad:

  • Vegetables – Tomatoes, cucumbers, and red onion form the base of the salad. We recommend using Persian cucumbers because they have a thinner skin, smaller seeds, and a sweeter taste. However, English cucumbers can also be used. 
  • Fresh Parsley – We also keep fresh parsley stored in the fridge! It adds bright, peppery notes that balance out the heaviness of the tahini. 
  • Garlic Cloves – Use whole, fresh garlic cloves for a pungent, sweet taste. 
  • Lime Juice – For the best results, use freshly squeezed lime juice not the stuff from a bottle! 
  • Vinegar – White vinegar adds a tangy taste. 
  • Seasonings – Salt and cumin are included to enhance the rest of the ingredients and add a hint of spice. 

What Is Tahini and How Do You Use It?

Tahini is a type of paste or spread made from ground sesame seeds. Smooth and creamy, it’s a staple in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine! 

There are endless ways to use tahini! It works wonderfully in dips, dressings, sauces, added to soups, mixed into meats, added to desserts, and even spread on bread. 

Some of our favorite recipes using tahini include our tahini banana bread, salted tahini chocolate chip cookies, and this chickpea and cucumber tahini salad!  

A pita chip dipping into a bowl of cucumber tahini salad.

How to Make an Easy Tahini Salad Recipe

Sometimes you just need a quick and easy meal solution, and this Tahini Salad recipe has your back! It’s our go-to when the cooking enthusiasm is low or when the “what to make” question lingers in the air. It’s seriously easy and seriously delicious!

  1. Prepare the Salad. In a large bowl, add the diced tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, parsley, and garlic. 
  2. Flavor. Squeeze the lime juice on top followed by the vinegar, seasonings, and tahini. 
  3. Toss. Gently toss to combine and coat the ingredients.

Tips for the Best Results

  • Dice Evenly. Dice the vegetables as finely and as evenly as possible to ensure you get a bite of everything in every bite. We use a vegetable chopper to make life easy! 
  • Toss Well. Be sure to coat your ingredients completely, and give them a good toss again just before scooping and serving. 
  • Use High-Quality Tahini. Because there are so few ingredients, it’s important to use high-quality items, particularly the tahini! You want to look for one containing just sesame seeds and not any added sugars or oils. 
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Flavor Variations

The simplicity of this tahini salad is what makes it a canvas for customization! Tailor it to your taste buds and create a dish that’s uniquely yours. Explore some variations below to switch things up or add your own flavorful twist: 

  • Spice It Up. Mix in jalapeño peppers or Aleppo pepper for a kick of heat. 
  • Bulk It Up. Feel free to add extra veggies for even more volume and nutrients! 
  • Add A Hint of Sweetness. Drizzle in a little bit of maple syrup or honey to mellow out some of the bitterness of the tahini. 
  • Swap Out the Herbs. Mix and match any herbs you have on hand such as fresh mint, oregano, cilantro, dill, or basil. 
  • Try Different Citrus. Create a different taste by swapping the lime juice with lemon juice or orange juice instead. 

Serving Suggestions

Absolutely no rules here – enjoy this cucumber tomato tahini salad any way you like! However, if you’re in the mood to turn it into a complete meal, consider some of our favorite pairings:

And don’t forget to add sides like Persian jeweled rice, Egyptian baked rice, or pita bread

Can I Make Tahini Salad Ahead of Time? 

This recipe is best enjoyed right away. However, if needed, it can be made up to a day in advance. 

Just leave out the parsley until just before serving. And be sure to give it a good toss to redistribute the ingredients! 

How Should I Store Leftovers? 

Store the tahini dressing and salad in separate airtight containers in the fridge. 

  • The salad will stay fresh for up to three days
  • The tahini sauce will stay fresh for up to one day

Tip: If the dressing becomes thick, add a splash of water or lime juice to loosen it back up before tossing it with the salad! 

Common Questions About This Easy Tahini Salad Recipe

Can you eat tahini straight from the jar? 

Sure! Typically, tahini is combined with other ingredients, because it has a pretty strong, slightly bitter taste. However, it’s totally safe to eat and really tasty on its own. 

Do you need to refrigerate tahini? 

If you plan on storing your tahini longer than a couple of weeks, it’s best to transfer it to the fridge to help keep it fresh. 

Is tahini better for you than peanut butter?

Tahini and peanut butter are very similar in their nutritional profile. Peanut butter has slightly more protein, but both options are a good source of healthy fats! 

How long will this tahini salad recipe last? 

This salad is best enjoyed right away. However, once tossed together, it can be stored in an airgiht container in the fridge for up to three days. 

What can I use instead of tahini? 

If needed, you can replace the tahini with any other nut or seed butter like almond butter or cashew butter. Just note that the taste and texture will change slightly. 

How do I prevent the dressing from separating in the salad? 

Whisk the vinegar and tahini together before adding them to the salad. Or, you could stir in a small splash of water to help emulsify (blend) the mixture. 

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Cucumber Tomato Tahini Salad

5 from 1 vote
Author: Food Dolls
Servings: 4 servings
Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Prepare this Middle Eastern-inspired tahini salad with ten nutritious ingredients and zero cooking for the best easy side dish or appetizer!

Ingredients  

  • 1 large tomato diced
  • 4 small Persian cucumbers diced
  • 1/2 small red onion diced
  • 3/4 cup fresh parsley finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves grated
  • Juice of 2 limes about 7 Tablespoons
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 Tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 3/4 cup tahini

Instructions 

  • Combine the diced tomato, Persian cucumbers, red onion, parsley, and grated garlic in a large bowl.
    1 large tomato, 4 small Persian cucumbers, 1/2 small red onion, 3/4 cup fresh parsley, 3 garlic cloves
  • Squeeze in the juice of 2 limes (around 7 tbsp).
    Juice of 2 limes
  • Add the salt, vinegar, cumin, and tahini to the bowl.
    1 1/4 teaspoons salt, 1 Tablespoon white vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon cumin, 3/4 cup tahini
  • Mix everything well to blend the flavors. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed.
  • Serve immediately for the freshest taste!

Equipment

Notes

Tip – If you want to make this ahead of time when you are ready to serve you can add water or lime juice to loosen it if it gets thick!

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 322kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 11g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Sodium: 758mg | Potassium: 784mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1454IU | Vitamin C: 32mg | Calcium: 134mg | Iron: 4mg

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

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