This creamy and zesty Lemon Tahini Dressing is perfect on everything and is vegan and dairy free. Drizzle it over your salad or roasted veggies or spread it in your burger or simply use it as a dip.
I love tahini and have used it in my cookies and in my pasta salad. I have also tried it in black bean fritters and cooked in fusilli pasta as well. Its so versatile and so creamy and makes everything tastes so good.
This lemon tahini dressing recipe is the easiest and the most demanded one and is our recent favorite. I am practically drizzling it over every kind of food that I eat these days.
It’s so rich, flavorful and requires no cooking. You may use your own home-made tahini or use a store bought one.
What is tahini?
It is basically sesame seeds ground into a creamy paste form. Sometimes, it is blended with oil to make a smooth paste and also flavored with salt. It is slightly bitter in taste but when combined correctly with the right ingredients it tastes wonderful. It nutty, bright and rich in taste and texture.
Health benefits of tahini
Tahini is made from sesame seeds so its high in calcium and has healthy fats. Its rich in antioxidants and contains anti-inflammatory compounds therefore has increases antibacterial properties. Its naturally gluten free and very easy to include in our diet.
Ingredients for creamy lemon tahini dressing
I have used these easy 7 ingredients to make it the best tahini dressing recipe. Also, it made in only one bowl which is super convenient.
Tahini – it is different for Chinese sesame paste so make sure to buy a good quality tahini. Its light in color and creamy and has a pouring consistency. It should be smooth and not chunky.
Lemons – I used large yellow lemon to squeeze fresh juice and also to zest it for refreshing aroma and flavor.
Garlic powder – you may grate fresh garlic clove but I like to use garlic powder so that it mixes well.
Maple syrup – this is a wet sweetener that I like to use this in this lemon tahini salad dressing.
For detailed measurement of ingredients, please scroll down to the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.
How to make Lemon Tahini Dressing
Firstly, in a bowl, I combined tahini, lemon juice along with its zest, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Then, I whisked it.
As soon at it starts to turn thicken, I added maple syrup to it. Then, I whisked it again.
Lastly, I poured in water and whisked it nicely so that all the ingredients blends well and yet it has a pouring consistency.
I always make this creamy tahini sauce in bulk and keep it refrigerated so I can enjoy my meals with convenience.
- It is important to mix the ingredients after whisking every time for better blending of ingredients.
- Make sure to add cold tap water or room temperature water.
This can be refrigerated in an air tight glass container for about 2 weeks. If it thickens then add 1-2 tbsp. water and stir it before serving.
Its slightly earthy in taste along with the perfect balanced tangy flavor and mildly sweetened to balance its bitter taste.
Simply drizzle it over your salads or use as a spread in your sandwiches/burger. If you love falafels then drizzle it over them.
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Lemon Tahini Dressing
- In a bowl combine tahini paste, lemon juice, lemon zest, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Whisk it. It will start to thicken.
- Add maple syrup and whisk it. Taste test. It should be mildly sweet and subtle tangy in taste.
- Pour water and whisk it nicely so that all the ingredients blend well. Taste and use it immediately or refrigerate for later use.
- This can be refrigerated in an air tight glass container for about 2 weeks. If it thickens add 1-2 tbsp. of water. Stir and use it as per choice.
- This recipe makes about 1 cup of the dressing.