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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

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.

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 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 thicker Tahini Sauce, 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

Lemon Tahini Dressing Recipe Video (1-Minute)

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!

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
5 from 5 votes

Lemon Tahini Dressing

Prep Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 5 mins
Servings: 5 servings
Author: Lisa Bryan
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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!

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  • 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.

Nutrition

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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29 comments on “Lemon Tahini Dressing”

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

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

  3. Such a flavorful and amazing dressing. Salads to definitely taste amazing. Easy and perfect to try.

  4. Amazing share. Perfect for summer salads. Bookmarking it to try.

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

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

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

  7. 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!

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

  8. 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. :)

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

  10. 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.

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

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

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

    Sues

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

  15. Fabulously creamy dressing!