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If there’s one sauce to have in your culinary toolkit, it’s Lemon Tahini. Born from the rich tapestry of Middle Eastern flavors, this sauce mixes the zest of a citrus favorite with the depth of sesame like they’re old pals. Drizzle it over roasted veggies, pair it with falafels, or give that grain bowl a good kick. Enough chat—let’s whip up some Lemon Tahini and let the flavors do the talking.

Lemon Tahini Sauce in a glass jar

Why This Sauce is Boss:

  • All About Balance: Creamy tahini, zesty lemon, and a hit of garlic come together for a perfect flavor trifecta.
  • It’s Nutritious: Beyond its standout taste, tahini brings a roster of nutrients to the table — we’re talking healthy fats and essential vitamins.
  • It Wears Many Hats: This sauce isn’t just for show. Use it on salads, as a dip, or even a drizzle on grains; it’s as versatile as they come.

Let’s Talk Tahini:

Tahini’s history is rich and deep, tracing all the way back to the Middle East. There, sesame seeds weren’t just a fleeting trend – they were central to the cuisine. The name “tahini” is drawn from the Arabic word “tahana”, which neatly translates to “grind.” And that’s just it: it’s all about grinding those roasted sesame seeds down to a luscious paste.

This golden delight was a treasure in ancient times, cherished not only for its velvety texture and flavor but also its health perks. Nowadays, tahini’s found its way to kitchens worldwide, especially winning hearts in vegetarian and vegan circles. Our lemony spin is just a fresh take on an age-old favorite.

Zest Up Your Week with Lemon Tahini Magic:

Whipping up a batch of homemade sauces is a game-changer. And when it comes to leveling up your weekly meals, our Lemon Tahini Sauce is where the magic’s at. Think about crafting this zesty treat on a laid-back Sunday, and then watch as it becomes your culinary sidekick all week long.

But what makes this Lemon Tahini Sauce such a must-have in your kitchen arsenal? Let’s dive into some delectable uses:

  • Buddha Bowl Brilliance: Create a nourishing Buddha Bowl by layering cooked quinoa, roasted vegetables, chickpeas, and sliced avocado. Drizzle that Lemon Tahini goodness on top, and bam – your taste buds are in for a treat.
  • Salad Sass: Whether it’s mixed greens, hearty grain salads, or a twisty pasta number, this sauce is your salad’s new best friend.
  • Wrap & Roll: Elevate your wraps or sandwiches. Spread a dollop of this sauce and make every bite pop.
  • Get Dippin’: Got fresh veggies or pita on hand? Maybe some falafels? Dive into this Lemon Tahini Sauce and relish every savory scoop.
  • Grill Guru: Whether you’re into grilled chicken, fish, or maybe a tofu steak, a splash of this sauce adds that gourmet touch.

No Tahini? No Problem: Recipe Remixes

You know how it goes – sometimes your pantry doesn’t play by the recipe’s rules. No sweat! The best dishes can come from a little culinary improvisation. Here’s how to keep the Lemon Tahini dream alive with what you’ve got:

  • Tahini Paste: Missing tahini? No biggie. Swap in other nut or seed butters, like almond or sunflower seed butter. The flavor will dance to a different tune, but your sauce will still shine with creamy goodness.
  • Fresh Lemons: Freshly-squeezed is the dream, but if you’re in a pinch, that bottled lemon juice in the back of the fridge will do the trick.
  • Parsley’s Playing Hard to Get? No problemo. Fresh cilantro or even a sprinkle of dried parsley can jump in. They won’t be the exact flavor twins, but hey, they’re family and will do in a pinch! If all else fails, a hint of fresh chives or even green onions can give that refreshing touch you’re aiming for.

Lemon Tahini Sauce Ingredient Collage

Tahini Tips: Your Saucy Questions Answered

  1. Got Leftovers? Pop that Lemon Tahini Sauce into an airtight container and stash it in the fridge for up to a week. It’ll thicken a bit while it’s chilling – so just whisk in a splash of water or lemon juice to get it back to its sassy self.
  2. Garlic Not Your Jam? No worries. Skip the garlic and let the tahini and lemon do the talking. Still delish.
  3. Nut Allergy Concerns? Tahini is all about sesame seeds. Still, if you’re on high-alert, always check the label for any sneaky cross-contaminants.
  4. Too Thick? Too Thin? Adjusting is a cinch. Thin it with a dash of water or lemon juice. Need it thicker? More tahini or toss in some soaked cashews.
  5. Big Batch Freezing? You can freeze it, but expect a wee texture change when you thaw. Freezing in small portions is key. Give it a good mix post-thaw, and you’re golden.

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Lemon Tahini Sauce Recipe

Lemon Tahini Sauce is a creamy and tangy condiment made with tahini paste, freshly squeezed lemon juice, garlic, and a touch of salt. It adds a burst of flavor to various dishes, from salads and wraps to roasted vegetables and grilled meats. This versatile sauce is quick and easy to make, and its rich and zesty taste complements a wide range of flavors.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course sauce
Servings 4
Calories 182 kcal


Lemon Tahini Sauce: Yields 1 cup

  • ½ cup tahini
  • 4 tbsp fresh lemon juice about 1.5 juicy lemons
  • 4-6 tbsp water more if needed for your preferred consistency
  • 1 garlic clove grated
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Very finely chopped flat leaf parsley to taste


  • In a bowl, whisk together al tahini sauce ingredients.
  • Taste and adjust for more lemon, salt, or pepper if needed.
  • Thin out with water to your preferred consistency.


Calories: 182kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 5gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gSodium: 12mgPotassium: 156mgFiber: 1gSugar: 0.4gVitamin A: 21IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 45mgIron: 1mg
Keyword buddha bowl, lemon, sauce, tahini
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