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Tahini Dressing


Simple and quick to make, this dressing is likely to become one of your new favorites!
  • Serves: 2 1/2 cups
  • Active Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
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Step 1: Making the Dressing

Making the Dressing
  • 3/4 cup tahini, raw or roasted
  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame seed oil
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp tamari
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast


To make the dressing, place everything into a high-speed blender and blend until smooth.

This dressing is great on salads, greens, grains or even potatoes.
The dressing will keep for about a week, if refrigerated.


  • Mark M
    Mark M
    The dressing turned out watery — so diluted there was almost no flavor. I can't believe the 1-1/4 cup of water is correct.
  • Dawn T
    Dawn T
    Sorry to hear that you did not like the dressing Mark. The 1 1/4 cups of water is correct though, given that the amount of tahini is 3/4's of a cup, the amount of water is only slightly more then the tahini. Also, given the other added ingredients, the dressing is generally quite flavorful. Just out of curiosity, did you add all of these ingredients? 3/4 cup tahini, raw or roasted 1 1/4 cup water 3 cloves garlic 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice 1 tbsp toasted sesame seed oil 2 1/2 tbsp tamari (2 tbsp + 1 1/2 tsp) 2 tbsp nutritional yeast Also note that this dressing is meant to be an oil and salt free recipe, but feel free to add those ingredients if you so choose. Cheers, Dawn
  • Mark M
    Mark M
    Thanks for your reply, Dawn. Checking other online recipes, I find that most of them call for a one-to-one ratio of tahini to water. I think that'll get me closer to the result I'm looking for.
  • Dawn T
    Dawn T
    You are most welcome Mark. As for the ratios of water to tahini, it does really depend on how the dressing and/or sauce is going to be used and how thick the tahini was to begin with etc. Also note that the dressing will thicken once refrigerated, so keep that in mind as well. In the end, the final consistency is indeed up to you, so please feel free to try it next time with a bit less water. Alternatively, you could tweak the current version by adding a bit more tahini and additional flavourings, if desired. Good luck and thanks for you feedback. Cheers, Dawn
  • Faith B
    Faith B
    Hello, I liked this Tahini Dressing. The lemon juice is noticeably welcome. Before preparing this I thought I would add an extra garlic clove but after tasting the dressing I think it would have been overpowering. I may try it at another time though. Nice. I have a little over a pint of the dressing. I think I can try this as a sandwich spread....maybe after it thickens.
  • Kirk B
    Kirk B
    Great comments Faith! We are so happy that you are experiencing and learning with Rouxbe - your approach to the Tahini Dressings should great! My family uses as a sandwich spread quite often! All the best, Chef Kirk
  • Holly B
    Holly B
    How would I make my own roasted tahini?
  • Brian S
    Brian S
    Good morning Holly! Tahini paste will contain roasted sesame seeds made into a paste although If you were to make your own tahini and toasted your sesame seeds, you will be looking a nice golden brown color of the seeds. As the seeds darken in color, so will the nuttiness increase keeping in mind not to overcook the seeds. You will be running the toasted seeds in your food processor with a nice olive oil to work the seeds into a paste. Enjoy experimenting, I hope this helps. Brian
  • Coco H
    Coco H
    Hi Can i ask how easy to make our own tahini paste because where i am is very expensive. Thank you.
  • Lauren L
    Lauren L
    Hi Coco. Yes, you can certainly make your own tahini. You can make raw or roasted tahini based on your sesame seeds. Here is a very simple variation. Lauren
  • Liubov U
    Liubov U
    This dressing is just amazing!!! The consistency is nice and the taste is rich and nutty. I like it so much!! Thank you for the good recipe!!

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