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Lemon Tahini Dressing

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. Even better, it can be made quickly with just a handful of ingredients.

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

I had a request a couple of weeks ago over on my YouTube channel for an oil-free salad dressing. Ironically, I don’t have many salad dressings on this website. 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.

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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.

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

This lemon 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.

For more dairy-free sauces, make sure to check out my Vegan Alfredo Sauce and Dairy-Free Tzatziki.

Enjoy!

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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Lemon Tahini Dressing

This lemon tahini dressing is oil-free, dairy-free and vegan. It’s easy to make and very versatile.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. Add all ingredients to a small bowl and whisk together.

Lisa's Tips

You can use my homemade tahini recipe for this dressing or store-bought tahini.

Add more water as needed for a thinner consistency.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 2/3 cup, Serving Size: 1/4 of recipe (approx 2 tbsp)

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 93
  • Total Fat: 8.1g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.1g
  • Sodium: 17.5mg
  • Carbohydrates: 4.3g
  • Fiber: 1.4g
  • Sugar: 0.6g
  • Protein: 2.6g
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13 comments on “Lemon Tahini Dressing”

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

  2. 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.

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

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

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

    Sues

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

  7. Fabulously creamy dressing!