Easy Tahini Sauce & Dressing

How to make Tahini Sauce | This easy recipe for creamy tahini sauce uses only a handful of healthy ingredients and takes a minute to make. So versatile, it has so many uses. Ideal for a buddha bowl or falafel, with salads, roasted vegetables, as a dip, drizzled on noodle salads or in a lunch sandwich.  #vegan #dairyfree #healthy #easy #sauce

This easy recipe for creamy tahini sauce uses only a handful of healthy ingredients and takes a minute to make. So versatile, it goes with everything. Try it with salads, as a dip or in a lunch sandwich. 

side view of a jar of homemade Tahini sauce with a spoon

Say hello to your next secret sauce for EVERYTHING! Creamy, tangy, garlicky, nutty from-jar-to-mouth-kinda-delicious Tahini Sauce. 

Elevate your favorite bowls and salads with this easy Tahini Sauce!

Can I tell you a secret? The key to weeknight dinner success lies in learning to pair simple foods with a simple sauce for a delicious dinner. This tahini sauce has become my go-to sauce for a lot of my meals. It’s THAT good. Plus you make it once and you will probably never have to look at the recipe again.

My recipe for tahini sauce is ridiculously quick and easy to make.  This silky smooth sesame sauce has become a permanent resident in my fridge, as it is very adaptable and shines on salads, sandwiches, falafel, buddha bowls, and all my other favorite meals!! It will rapidly become a must-have in your pantry, too.

Serve it thick or thin, and jazz it up any way you like! Drink it with a straw. Trust me, you just don’t want to look back and think you could have made that.

overhead shot of two jars of homemade creamy tahini sauce

On buying tahini paste:

Tahini is like peanut butter but made from sesame seeds. Just sesame seeds that have been lightly toasted, stone-ground, blended and bottled. Just like with any nut or seed butter, make sure that there are no other ingredients listed on your jar. You want to watch out for added oils, sugars or fats.

Hulled vs unhulled:

Tahini made from unhulled sesame seeds is more nutrient-rich than tahini made from hulled seeds, but it is also a tad more bitter, which is why I like to buy hulled. Both versions work for this tahini sauce recipe so you can let your taste buds de decide.

Raw vs roasted:

Another distinction is drawn between roasted versus raw tahini. Roasted tahini has a more intensive flavor but some nutrients get lost in the toasting process. Raw, so non-roasted tahini is higher in nutrients and would be the better choice from a nutrition point of view. However, it does go rancid quicker than toasted.

It’s really down to your personal preference. If you are not a fan of strong sesame flavor, go for raw, if you are all about the deep nutty taste, opt for roasted.

tahini sauce being stirred together in a white bowl

Obviously, if you come across certified organic tahini, that would be the best option. You can easily find tahini in either natural food stores or food stores that sell Middle Eastern foods.

Now, unfortunately, they don’t let you open that jar and try your tahini before you buy it. I really wish they would because Tahini brands really DO vary in flavor and texture. But even if you are not 100% happy with your purchase there is no need to toss it. If you find your sesame paste too bitter, you can “fix it” by adding some maple syrup or honey. If it’s too sharp, add some olive oil.

overhead shot of ingredients needed for making vegan tahini sauce for buddha bowls

How to make Tahini Sauce:

Place tahini paste, garlic and lemon in a bowl. Tip:  Use freshly squeezed lemons – no bottled lemon juice!

picture collage showing how to stir lemon juice and water into tahini paste to make tahini sauce

Gradually stir in ice water, starting with 1/4 cup, until you reach a smooth sauce consistency that you can drizzle. I used about 1/2 cup but the exact quantity will depend on the brand and texture of the tahini paste.

picture collage showing how to make creamy vegan tahini sauce recipe

The tahini paste will harden in contact with water – it’s normal. Keep stirring and adding water as needed and it’ll be perfectly smooth.

Taste it and make any variations (see below) based on your taste. Want it tangier? Add more lemon juice. Want the turn up the heat? Add some cayenne powder. Herbs? Always?

How to store homemade Tahini Sauce?

Store your homemade tahini sauce in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

overhead shot of a bowl of homemade tahini sauce with ingredients surrounding the bowl

To make a large batch or for extra smooth tahini sauce, use a blender instead of mixing by hand!

Delicious ways to use homemade tahini sauce:

Tahini sauce is such a versatile condiment and can be used in everything from savory dishes to sweet baked goods.

 

Variations for this Tahini Sauce recipe:

I’m somewhat of a purist when it comes to tahini sauce and love it as is. However, if you want to change up the traditional flavor profile of this tahini sauce, just add some freshly chopped herbs! Simply whisk in any chopped herbs, such as fresh parsley, cilantro, dill, or basil.

If you want a smooth and pretty sauce, blend the herbs with the tahini sauce in a food processor or blender. Want to make things even easier? Stir in some pesto!

For a sweet tahini sauce, skip the garlic and cumin an add some maple syrup, vanilla extract, and cinnamon. This dessert version is SUBLIME on oatmeal or quinoa breakfast bowls.

side view of a jar of homemade tahini sauce
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Easy Tahini Sauce

This easy recipe for creamy tahini sauce uses only a handful of healthy ingredients and takes a minute to make. So versatile, it goes with everything. Try it with salads, as a dip or in a lunch sandwich. 

Course side, Snack
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Keyword easy tahini sauce, recipe for tahini sauce, vegan tahini sauce
Prep Time 1 minute
Total Time 1 minute
Servings 8
Calories 91 kcal
Author Marie

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup tahini paste
  • 1 small garlic pressed or minced very thinly
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup ice water + more as needed
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • pinch of cumin

Instructions

  1. Place tahini paste, garlic, and lemon juice in a bowl.

  2. Gradually stir in ice water, starting with 1/4 cup, until you reach a smooth sauce consistency that you can drizzle (I used about 1/2 cup but exact quantity will depend on the brand and texture of the tahini paste).
  3. The tahini paste will harden in contact with water - it’s normal. Keep stirring and adding water as needed and it’ll be perfectly smooth (see step by step pictures in the post).
  4. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Recipe Notes

  • To make a large batch or for extra smooth tahini sauce, use a blender instead of mixing by hand!
  •  If you find your sesame paste too bitter, you can "fix it" by adding some maple syrup or honey. If it's too sharp, add some olive oil.
  • To make variations of this sauce, whisk in any chopped herbs, such as fresh parsley, cilantro, dill, or basil, or stir in some pesto.
Nutrition Facts
Easy Tahini Sauce
Amount Per Serving (2 tablespoons)
Calories 91 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 78mg 3%
Potassium 76mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 3g 1%
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 0.2%
Vitamin C 4.5%
Calcium 2.1%
Iron 3.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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8 Comments
  1. I loved this easy to make recipe for Tahini sauce. You just made life a lot easier and my family loved it. I will be saving this recipe for a LOT of future use.

  2. I LOVE this recipe. I recently started putting tahini on my salads, rice noodles and basically everything, it’s so good. Can’t wait to try it on the Schwarma bowl when it’s done!

  3. I’ve never tried to make my own at home before. Thanks for the tips about fixing the store brand paste to better suite our preference. Very helpful.

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