The Best Tahini Dressing

Tahini dips, tahini sauces, tahini salad dressings – a vegan’s dream comes true. All these things and more are possible with tahini! This sesame-based spread is one of our favorite ways to add body, richness, and a creamy texture to vegan salad dressings and sauces.

Made from ground sesame seeds, it’s nutty and delicious. It’s versatile and straightforward to make and a great addition to any recipe! Because tahini is so easy to use, it’s an excellent option for even a novice cook.

This dressing goes great on fresh salads and can also be used as a sauce over veggies, noodles, tofu, or even as a dipping sauce. You can also try it as an incredible spread for sandwiches and wraps.

Tahini Dressing is a great vegan substitute for creamy salad dressing, like Ranch and French dressings. You can use it to dress up a simple green salad, add a homemade Tahini Dressing to a stir fry, or dip fresh vegetables like carrot sticks in tahini Dressing instead of ranch dressing.

What is Tahini?

Tahini is made by grinding or pounding sesame seeds into a smooth paste form. Tahini is a staple in Middle Eastern cuisine, especially in applications in which a thick consistency is desired, such as in sauces and desserts. 

Tahini has a rich, nutty, slightly buttery flavor that makes it a natural for Middle Eastern dishes like Hummus and Baba Ganoush. Still, it blends in particularly well with Mediterranean cuisine. 

Made in a range of consistencies, it’s a pantry item that adds a distinct flavor to a wide variety of dishes. Use it to make dressings, dips, toppings, sauces, and spreads. Tahini is also a healthy source of protein, calcium, and iron.

Why you’ll love Tahini Dressing?


The concept of making meals ahead has always appealed to me. This Make-Ahead Tahini Salad Dressing will be one of your favorites because it’s so easy to make, and it’s great for those busy weeks when you’re running from place to place. You can make it up to a week before you will serve it, but make sure to store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Perfect Last-Minute Recipe

It’s also a great recipe to make when you have a last-minute dinner party or a picnic to go to.

What you’ll need to make tahini Dressing?

Tahini Dressing is effortless to make and whip up in less than five minutes. To make Tahini Dressing, you will need the following ingredients:

Tahini – Tahini is a Middle Eastern condiment made of ground sesame seeds. It has an intense nutty flavor that’s pretty hard to describe, so you’ll have to taste it yourself. Tahini is a crucial ingredient in this delicious dressing. It’s what gives the dish its classic, rich flavor and helps bind the whole thing together.

Olive Oil – Olive Oil is a Mediterranean and Italian cooking staple, prized for its versatility and mild flavor. Olive oil is a significant ingredient in products such as margarine, mayonnaise, and salad dressings as it adds a body and richness to the recipes.

Lemon Juice – Lemon juice is a staple in many different recipes for many reasons. It adds a tangy flavor and a little zest to almost any recipe. In this recipe, lemon juice adds a lot of flavor to the tahini dressing.

Salt – Add salt to taste to bring out the flavor of the creamy dressing.

Water – Another crucial ingredient of any salad dressing is water. It is usually the liquid that gets the dressing to the consistency you want. The water is also there to thin out the dressing, so it’s not super thick. To achieve the best consistency, use ice-cold water.

How To Make The Best Tahini Dressing

Tahini Dressing is an excellent dressing for summer salads. It is a simple dressing that is full of flavor. It goes well with anything that you want to make healthier.

Finding a homemade tahini recipe that’s easy to make and doesn’t require obscure ingredients is a snap with this simple recipe. Follow the steps below to make some.

Pro Tip: Cold Water is the Secret.

Cold water ensures emulsification of the dressing rather than globs of ingredients floating around in a bowl. It makes a previously creamy mix even more decadent and creamier than before! I know it doesn’t sound obvious, but trust me, this dressing is amazingly creamy on its own; it doesn’t rely on adding any mayonnaise or eggs.

How long does tahini Dressing last?

Tahini dressing is convenient for about two weeks; you MUST store them in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer. Therefore, you can make a big batch, store it in Mason jars or other containers, and it will last a long time!

How to use Tahini Dressing?

Tahini is an excellent addition to any salad, and there are many different ways to use tahini in a salad. Tahini is an excellent dressing for kale and arugula salads. Tahini also goes well with raw beets, radishes, and fennel.

Remember, tahini is an excellent choice in sauces and marinades. You can mix it with some lemon juice, garlic, and salt to make a savory sauce that is perfect for bowls or salads, or mix it with some brown sugar and vinegar to create a sweet and sour sauce that is perfect on top of applesauce or ice cream.

Use this tahini dressing over these recipes:


  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1/3 cup ice water
  • salt to taste


  1. Add tahini, olive oil, & lemon juice into a small mixing bowl and whisk while slowly adding in iced water ( you may not need all of the water ) until the consistency is creamy.
  2. Add salt to taste.

    The Best Tahini Dressing

    Dominique Ebra
    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Cook Time 5 minutes
    Total Time 15 minutes
    Course Sauce
    Servings 10


    • 1/4 cup tahini
    • 1 tbsp olive oil
    • Juice from 1/2 lemon
    • 1/3 cup  ice water
    • salt to taste


    • Add tahini, olive oil, & lemon juice into a small mixing bowl and whisk while slowly adding in iced water ( you may not need all of the water ) until the consistency is creamy.
    • Add salt to taste.