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Easy Tahini Dressing

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This delicious tahini dressing is a great accompaniment to so many dishes.

It is perfect served on salads, falafels, grilled vegetables, with raw crudité vegetables, mixed into hummus or baba ghanoush, served with warm sourdough pita, and so much more.

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Sesame Seed Tahini

Sesame seeds are about 50% oil by weight. The oil is rich in vitamin E and antioxidants and resists rancidity, making it a fairly good choice as far as seed oils go.

To make sesame seed tahini the whole or hulled seeds are ground into a thick rich paste similar to nut butter.

There are many varieties of tahini on the market, including raw,  sprouted, and roasted. The different preparations will have different flavors and textures.

Tahini dressing with falafel balls.

Raw Tahini

I use raw tahini for my dressing and in other recipes. The texture is thick and it doesn’t take much stirring to have the sesame butter freeze up into a solid mass. That makes it great for these cookie dough bites.

Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Halva Bites – Raw Tahini, Raw Honey, Raw Cacao, and Salt

A bowl of soft chocolate chip cookie dough halva bites make the perfect healthy treat!

The raw tahini can be thinned with lemon juice and water, making a suitable dressing for garden salads, falafel balls, falafel salads, and more.

Sprouted Chickpea Falafel Balls

Falafel sandwich in a sourdough pita with tahini dressing.

Sprouted Tahini

Sesame seeds are a seed, so inevitably they have their fair share of oxalic acid, phytic acid, and enzyme inhibitors in the hull. Sprouting the seeds can help mitigate this issue. If you eat a lot of tahini you may consider buying it sprouted or making your own with sprouted sesame seeds.

Tahini dressing with an olive oil swirl.

Roasted Tahini

Roasted tahini has a toasty, nutty flavor and can be less bitter than raw tahini. 

Tahini dressing with olive oil and spices.

Other Recipes That Use Tahini

Curried Lamb Meatballs With Soaked Farro Pilaf and Raw Tahini

Detoxifying Green Goddess Soup With Spring Garlic and Tahini

Easy Detoxifying Green Goddess Soup

Tahini-Marinated Grilled Veggies

Tahini Marinated Grilled Vegetables

Fire Roasted Eggplant Baba Ganoush

A delicious low-carb, grain-free, vegan and paleo dip made from roasted eggplants and tahini.


Tahini dressing with falafel balls.

Easy Tahini Dressing

Yield: 12 ounces
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes

Tahini dressing is the perfect sauce for crisp salads, homemade falafel balls, or warm sourdough pitas! However you serve it, it will surprise you with its easy preparation yet complex flavor!


  • 1/2 cup raw sesame tahini
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup filtered water
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons salt, adjust as needed
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika


    1. Mix the tahini and lemon juice.
    2. Slowly add the water while stirring until the consistency resembles heavy whipping cream. It may take some or all of the water depending on the tahini you buy.
    3. Salt the sauce to taste.
    4. Incorporate some or all of the olive oil into the dressing. Drizzle the top with oil and sprinkle it with paprika for a beautiful presentation.

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