Lemon Tahini Dressing

Lemon tahini dressing is oil-free, dairy-free and vegan. It’s a tasty, creamy, zesty salad dressing that’s super versatile and adaptable. Even better, it can be made quickly with just a handful of ingredients – and it uses my tahini recipe as the base.

This lemon tahini dressing is oil-free, dairy-free and vegan. It's a tasty, creamy, zesty salad dressing that's super versatile and adaptable. #LemonTahiniDressing #Tahini

Easy Lemon Tahini Dressing

I had a request a couple of weeks ago over on my YouTube channel for an oil-free salad dressing. And I had to think about it. Because I tend to be that person that just splashes olive oil and balsamic vinegar straight on top of my salad. Not creative at all, but it’s simple and tasty.

With an entire jar of tahini sitting in my fridge, leftover from my recent how to make tahini video, it only made sense to whip up this creamy and flavorful lemon tahini dressing. And to be honest, I just love receiving comments and recipe requests from you guys, so I’m always happy to oblige.

Lemon Tahini Dressing Recipe Video

While it’s really easy to whisk this dressing together, it always helps to watch a step-by-step tutorial video. Give it a watch below!

Lemon Tahini Dressing Ingredients

Want to know what’s in this recipe? Just a handful of simple ingredients including:

  • Tahini
  • Water
  • Lemon juice
  • Garlic clove
  • Maple Syrup
  • Salt and pepper
This lemon tahini dressing is oil-free, dairy-free and vegan. It's a tasty, creamy, zesty salad dressing that's super versatile and adaptable. #LemonTahiniDressing #Tahini
This lemon tahini dressing is oil-free, dairy-free and vegan. It's a tasty, creamy, zesty salad dressing that's super versatile and adaptable. #LemonTahiniDressing #Tahini

How to Make Lemon Tahini Dressing

Most salad dressings are fairly easy to whip up and this one is no different. Add all of the ingredients to a small bowl and whisk together.

But what makes this lemon tahini dressing awesome is that it’s oil-free and super creamy. Tahini (if you don’t know) is just toasted and ground sesame seeds. And sesame seeds (like all seeds and nuts) have natural oils. So there’s no need to add any extra oil into this recipe. Bonus, it’s got that delicious nutty, seedy flavor to it.

This lemon tahini dressing is oil-free, dairy-free and vegan. It's a tasty, creamy, zesty salad dressing that's super versatile and adaptable. #LemonTahiniDressing #Tahini
This lemon tahini dressing is oil-free, dairy-free and vegan. It's a tasty, creamy, zesty salad dressing that's super versatile and adaptable. #LemonTahiniDressing #Tahini

Tahini Dressing is Naturally Creamy

This lemon tahini dressing (and maple mustard tahini dressing) is also a great dairy-free alternative for those who might be used to creamy ranch dressings. It can be made thicker or thinner with more or less water, so feel free to adapt to your liking.

A thicker version would make a great tahini sauce or dip, for vegetables or my Ultimate Seed Crackers. And a thinner version (with just a bit more water) makes for lightened up lemon tahini dressing.

You could also add another clove of garlic for a more zesty flavor or sprinkle in some dried spices, like parsley, thyme or rosemary. If you need a little inspiration on dried spices, make sure to watch my Spice Drawer Organization video.

This lemon tahini dressing is oil-free, dairy-free and vegan. It's a tasty, creamy, zesty salad dressing that's super versatile and adaptable. #LemonTahiniDressing #Tahini

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This lemon tahini dressing is oil-free, dairy-free and vegan. It's a tasty, creamy, zesty salad dressing that's super versatile and adaptable. #LemonTahiniDressing #Tahini

Lemon Tahini Dressing

4.95 from 17 votes
Prep Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 5 mins
Servings: 5 servings
Author: Lisa Bryan
This lemon tahini dressing is oil-free, dairy-free and vegan. It’s easy to make and very versatile. Watch my video above to see how quickly it comes together!


  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  • Add all ingredients to a small bowl and whisk together.
  • Store it in a sealed container in the fridge for up to a week.

Lisa’s Tips

  • Add more water as needed for a thinner consistency.
  • This recipe makes approximately 2/3 cup of dressing.


Calories: 78kcal, Carbohydrates: 5g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 6mg, Potassium: 85mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin C: 12.1mg, Calcium: 23mg, Iron: 0.7mg
Course: dressing
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Lemon Tahini Salad Dressing, Tahini Dressing, Tahini Salad Dressing
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56 comments on “Lemon Tahini Dressing”

  1. It definitely works. Tastes good. Easy to make.
    For some added flavor and since I was using the juice of one lemon, I also added the zest from the lemon.5 stars

  2. This is such a simple and delicious recipe. I’ve already added it to my collection. Thanks so much!!5 stars

  3. I don’t know enough about tahini to figure out what was wrong with this recipe, but it did not appeal. I tried more lemon. Nope. More tahini. Nope. More garlic. Nope. More honey. Nope. More water. Nope. Nothing made it palatable. 

    • Hi Anne – tahini does have a bitter taste, and not everyone loves it. Usually more of those extra items you added help though. Perhaps you’d like some of my other vinaigrette recipes more?

  4. Easy/quick recipe with good results. It’s a little on the thin/watery side due to no additional oil but it taste great and is a good dressing for salads and low calorie too!4 stars

  5. It is PERFECT! Exactly the delicious, fresh, all-natural dressing I was looking for. I think I’m going to be eating salad a lot more often now. 5 stars

  6. I love it. It’s a very, light and tasty dressing. I too will use a little less water next time. Thank You.5 stars

  7. Excellent and simple!

    Only change is I reduced maple syrup to 1 1/2 teaspoons.

    Drizzled this on top of avocado toast with cherry tomatoes and roasted chickpeas.

    Fantastic!5 stars

  8. Definitely a nice change from my usual balsamic! Also –  zested the lemon and added to the dressing. Someone suggested sesame oil, which I’ll try next time. 5 stars

  9. Fantastic dressing! Great flavor (I used maple syrup–a tad less than in recipe). Later this week, I will also drizzle on roasted veggies!5 stars

  10. Fantastic dressing! I think it is perfect. Later this week, I will also drizzle this on roasted veggies!5 stars

  11. Great recipe!! Quick, easy and delicious. I cut back a little on the sweetener and it still tasted great.5 stars

  12. Way too much water. Even if you like a thinner dressing, which I do. Add the water last by the teaspoon until getting to the desired consistency. I had to back add tons of tahini to make this work. The elements of this dressing are fine, but tweak to your preferences.

  13. The flavor was ok, but consistency was too thin & watery. Way too much water. Next time I’ll use  1 tablespoon or 2,, definitely not 1/3 cup! 

  14. How is this “oil free” when tahini (even your own recipe for tahini) contains olive or avocado oil?

    • Hi David – most store-bought options of tahini don’t contain added oils, they’re just blended sesame seeds. I do add a little oil in my homemade version to make it smooth, as I don’t have commercial equipment to make it. So you could use a store-bought tahini in this dressing recipe and keep it oil free.

  15. What is the size of the serving used for the nutritional facts of this dressing? 
    Recipe sounds delicious! 

    • Hi Ximena – The nutritional facts are for 1 serving of this dressing :)

      • Yes but what is the size of the serving!? Is the whole recipe ONE serving? In other words there is one serving per recipe of 2/3 cups? That can’t be right as tahini has 89 calories per tablespoon. I’m gonna guess there will be 5 servings of 2 tablespoons per recipe.

      • Hi there – there are about 5 servings in this recipe. The nutrition facts are for one serving.

  16. Lot of flavour ! So good, I added a tbsp of Dijon Mustard. To make it a little more spicy ?

  17. Such a flavorful and amazing dressing. Salads to definitely taste amazing. Easy and perfect to try.5 stars

  18. Amazing share. Perfect for summer salads. Bookmarking it to try.5 stars

  19. I could out this dressing on everything! It’s so delicious! Thanks so much for sharing! 5 stars

    • You’re so welcome, Jessica. I’m glad you loved it! :)

    • Ok, so I put this on top of a roasted eggplant kebab served on a bed roasted kale. Bright flavor with great depth!  I added a pinch of fresh mint and fresh parsley. Otherwise I followed exactly, using the maple syrup option. I was eating it with a spoon out of the blender waiting for the eggplant kebabs to come out of the oven. Both thank you and curse you for introducing me to this delicious dressing!! I have a feeling I will be making a lot of this! 😂🥰5 stars

      • This dressing sounds amazing drizzled on top of an eggplant kebab! Glad you enjoyed it :)

  20. I love this dressing! The perfect topping for Spring and Summer salads. Can’t wait to make this.5 stars

    • Thanks for the kind comment, Sharon! Agreed, such a great dressing for the spring and summer. :)

  21. I absolutely adore tahini dressing, it is probably one of the most versatile sauce that I love to drizzle over salad or roasted veggies! And even yummier with lemon!5 stars

    • Thanks, Sylvie! I’m so glad to hear you love lemon tahini dressing as much as I do. :)

  22. I’ve made this several times now and it is a very good recipe! But as I do with most recipes, I play with it. My favorite variation is just adding some raw honey and a little sesame oil. The honey balances some of the bitterness you can get with store bought tahini and the sesame oil just bumps up the nutty sesame flavor. Keep up the good work Lisa!

    • Hi Mark – Thanks for all the great tips. I’m glad you enjoyed the lemon tahini dressing recipe and really making it your own. :)

  23. Looks great, but tahini basically *is* oil…

  24. That sounds great, like you I am a straight up olive oil and vinegar or lemon juice kinda guy, but gotta give this a try.

  25. Yummy! This looks delicious and I love how simple it is to make. I have to try this!

  26. I’m really curious to try this dressing. It sounds delicious!

  27. This sounds seriously perfect! I’d want to drizzle it on everything :)


  28. I absolutely love this! I love that it’s dairy-free and vegan- get it girl!

  29. Fabulously creamy dressing!