Tahini Dressing Recipe

Serving pure sesame realness, tahini paste needs little improvement beyond the lightest of touches, and voila! You have the best Buddha bowl or salad dressing ever, and it’s so easy to customize if you want some extra pizzazz.


In case you’re not familiar, tahini is a paste made of ground sesame seeds. It usually contains no other extra ingredients, besides the occasional salt and olive oil, so you can basically think of it as sesame seed butter at this point.

In fact, tahini paste takes up the bulk of this dressing recipe.

“Oh, but then,” you may ask, “isn’t tahini just a dressing on its own?”

You wouldn’t be terribly wrong, or even close to it…but, alas, tahini paste, in all its nutty perfection, isn’t an end-all-be-all. Dressing salads isn’t tahini’s only job! Hint, hint: it actually moonlights as a dessert star. But with just a few minor tweaks, tahini can be made Buddha bowl-ready. Just imagine it’s the culinary equivalent of the no-make-up make-up look: devilishly easy, but forever essential.

Commercially, it’s widely available. Online options abound! Due to its versatility in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cooking, you’ll find tahini in a lot of ethnic and health food store.

Let’s just say you’ve probably heard your vegan friend sing praises about it at some point in time.

tahini dressing photo

All it takes are a few basic ingredients to get a tahini dressing going.

  • Lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper
  • Tahini
  • Water for consistency

From there you can add whatever flair you want. Lots of folks like a bit of garlic, or some olive oil.

tahini dressing formula

Simply thin it out with as much water as you like. Depending on how much of a vinaigrette you’re looking for, you can use up to twice as much lemon juice. It really works to contrast with the richness of the sesame!

Best places to show off tahini dressing

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tahini dressing recipe card
Tahini Dressing
Prep Time
5 mins
Makes 1 cup, for a great start to any salad or Buddha bowl!
Course: dressing
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: buddha bowl, homemade salad dressing
Servings: 8
Calories: 90 kcal
Author: steamykitchen
  • 1/2 cup tahini paste
  • 1/2 cup water or as needed
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 large clove garlic minced (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Whisk ingredients together, adding more water as needed to thin out the mixture. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Alternatively, shake everything together in a Mason jar. Keep refrigerated and sealed for 5-7 days.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition facts reflect 1 serving = approx. 2 tablespoons tahini dressing

Nutrition Facts
Tahini Dressing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 90 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 6mg0%
Potassium 69mg2%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 10IU0%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 21mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.