Ever wonder what makes hummus taste so good? Garbanzo beans and lemon juice are great and all, but it’s really tahini that gives it that rich, earthy flavor. Tahini dressing is also the secret superpower of our Cauliflower Shawarma Salad.

Creamy, tangy, and edible by the spoonful, our Tahini Dressing seems decadent for a salad dressing if not a bit unusual to the unfamiliar. Tahini is sesame butter—sesame seeds ground into such a fine paste the oil usually separates from the paste like natural peanut butter. It can be on the expensive side, but a small jar lasts for months in the fridge. Plus, it’s worth it.

After trying this recipe, you may want to have a constant batch on hand just in case there is something laying around to dip in it, such as your fingers.

Tahini Dressing

Before adding water to this recipe, the dressing is quite thick, almost like a dip, and a bit more concentrated. The thicker version would go well on slaws or kale salads. Adding the water gives it a thinner consistency, more dressing-like and easy to pour, and mellows the flavor a bit.

Drizzle it over your favorite green salad or even non-salad foods like baked potatoes or steamed vegetables. Tahini dressing is traditionally served with Lebanese or Middle Eastern mezza, shawarma, or falafel.

This recipe is so simple you’ll wonder how something with so few ingredients can taste so good. That’s the magic of tahini.

Tahini Dressing

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  1. Whisk all of the ingredients except for the water in a small bowl, or blend in a small food processor or blender.
  2. Add a small amount of water gradually until the dressing is at desired consistency.
  3. Serve topped with chopped herbs or mix in.
 
 
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2 Responses

  1. Jen

    We just agreed to ixnay our homemade ranch and blue cheese dressings, now that we aren’t training for a 13 mile run anymore, so your reminder is perfect! Seems like this would taste kinda like Goddess dressing?

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    • Lindsay

      Yes, the sesame gives it a goddess dressing taste with a nice lemon tang. It’s one of my favorite dressings! Great as a dip too. Just add a little less water.

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