Lovely, creamy & bright, this easy Tahini sauce will become a staple in your kitchen. With 3 fun variations, it’s perfect on falafel, bowls, salads & more! If you’ve been reading the blog for a while, you know that I love Tahini. In the past, I’ve posted Tahini cookies, salad dressings, oatmeal, and even ice cream, but today I’m finally sharing my favorite 5-ingredient lemon Tahini sauce.
This Tahini sauce recipe is incredibly versatile, as it shines on salads, sandwiches, falafel, bowls, and more! My basic version is similar to what you’d find at any falafel or shawarma restaurant, but I’m also including three delicious variations here. Honestly, I can’t choose a favorite. They all pack a punch of vivid color and bold flavor, and making them couldn’t be simpler. They keep for up to a week in the fridge, so prep one (or more) to jazz up your meals all week long!
If you’re not familiar with Tahini, it’s a creamy, nutty paste made from ground sesame seeds. Popular throughout the Middle East, you can find it blended into hummus or baba ganoush, or drizzled over meat or fish. I use Tahini in lots of ways in my kitchen, but most often, I add it to this easy, versatile lemon Tahini sauce.
Tahini Sauce Recipe Ingredients
You only need 5 basic ingredients to make this easy recipe:
Tahini – This recipe is all about the Tahini, so choose a good quality one that isn’t too stiff or bitter. My favorite brands are Cedar’s, Soom, and Seed + Mill, all of which have a nice runny texture and nutty taste.
Lemon juice – Squeeze it yourself for the best bright flavor!Garlic – I don’t mince garlic for this recipe. Instead, I grate the garlic finely to fully integrate it into the sauce, adding a little kick.Water – Add water, as needed, to thin your sauce to a creamy, drizzleable consistency.Sea salt – Stir it in to sharpen the sauce’s nutty, lemony taste.Yum!
How to Make Tahini Sauce
To make this recipe, simply whisk the tahini, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and water together in a bowl until they create a luscious, smooth sauce.
When you first add the water and lemon juice to the tahini, it will firm up and look something like this:
That’s totally normal! Continue whisking for a minute or so, and the ingredients will combine to form a smooth, creamy sauce. If your Tahini is dry, or if you prefer a thinner sauce, add more water, as needed, to reach your desired consistency.Then, taste and adjust your seasonings. If you prefer a brighter sauce, add more lemon. If it is too bitter, stir in 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon maple syrup or honey. And if the flavor is too sharp, mellow it with 1/2 to 1 teaspoon olive oil. Enjoy!
Tahini Sauce Recipe Variations
Like my cilantro lime dressing, I like to make this dressing in more ways than one. The traditional version is delicious, but these colorful, flavorful variations are fun ways to change it up.
Turmeric – Just stir turmeric, ginger, olive oil, and a drop of maple syrup into the base recipe to make this vibrant, sunny sauce.Beet – Beets + tahini are a match made in heaven! Make the entire recipe in the food processor, blending a roasted beet, cumin, and coriander with the base ingredients to give the sauce a sweet, spiced flavor.
Green Goddess – Like the beet variation, I make this super green sauce in the food processor, adding cilantro, parsley, cumin, maple, and olive oil to the base recipe ingredients.Let me know what variations you try!
Tahini Sauce Serving Suggestions
Tahini sauce is super versatile, and I use it in all sorts of ways in my kitchen. Most simply, I enjoy it as a dip with fresh veggies or pita, or I drizzle it over my morning avocado toast. Here are a few of my other favorite ways to use it:How do you like to use Tahini sauce? Let me know in the comments!
If you love this Tahini sauce recipe them why try another recipe like this Shakshuka with Harissa!
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