Like the “little black dress” that works with every occasion, this tasty little sauce will quickly become a favorite culinary accessory of yours.

It’s delicious, Mediterranean, quick & easy to make, and goes with everything, including:

  • shawarma/gyros/doner kebab
  • falafel
  • any type of bean salad
  • soups and stews (a light drizzle just before serving)
  • as a dip for raw vegetables
  • a drizzle for roasted ones,
  • a dip for warm bread
  • as a salad dressing (thinned with water, if necessary)
  • and as a snack by the spoonful, when you’re in the mood for a lemony-garlicky-sesame-y hit of yum.

    Tahini Dressing

    Keyword: 15 Minutes Max., Appetizers & Snacks, Dairy-Free (or can be), Dips, Sauces & Dressings, Gluten-Free (or can be), Low-Carb, Vegan (or can be), Vegetarian (or can be)
    Total Time: 10 minutes
    Servings: 8 2-tbsp servings
    Calories: 92kcal
    A lemony-garlicky-sesame-y hit of yum that goes with all foods Mediterranean (and then some)
    Print Recipe


    • 2 cloves garlic finely minced
    • ¼ cup lemon juice freshly pressed
    • ½ tsp salt
    • ½ cup tahini creamy sesame paste; I like Kroger's Simple Truth brand and Trader Joe's
    • 6-8 tbsp cold water to achieve desired consistency


    • Combine minced garlic, lemon juice, and salt in a medium mixing bowl. Stir and let sit for 10 minutes to let the garlic flavor mellow (the acid from the lemon juice takes away its sharp edge).
    • Add the tahini and mix with a wire whisk until you obtain a smooth texture. Add water 1-2 tbsp at a time until your sauce has the desired consistency.
    • Season to taste, adding more salt, lemon juice or water as desired.
    • In a tightly sealed container, this keeps in the fridge for a week. It tends to thicken when chilled, so whisk in additional cold water as necessary. Can be frozen for up to one month (I use an ice cube tray; once frozen, I transfer the tahini-sauce cubes to a small Ziploc bag. To defrost quickly, I microwave 1 or 2 cubes in a small bowl at half power.)


    Serving: 2tbsp | Calories: 92kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 151mg | Potassium: 80mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0.2g | Vitamin A: 11IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg