Everyday Tahini Sauce- an easy, “how-to” vegan recipe made with sesame paste, garlic and lemon juice used to give salads, buddha bowls and falafels a huge boost of flavor and creamy goodness! Oil-free, vegan and gluten-free!
There are a million recipes for Tahini Sauce out there… and I make several versions here on the blog but this basic recipe is the one I make the most, purely out of convenience.
Everyday Tahini Sauce is the perfect consistency – creamy and thick enough to use as a “sauce” and thin enough to use as a “dressing”, perfect for salads, falafels, wraps, buddha bowls or even roasted veggies.
Growing up with an Egyptian father, tahini sauce was always on hand. It was our “go-to” dressing and sauce for practically everything.
Oil-free, vegan and gluten-free – this recipe for Everyday Tahini Sauce adds richness without any dairy, or added oil! A true godsend! I like to make a big batch on Sunday for meal prep and use it everyday (on everything!) throughout the week.
Get it? 😉 Everyday Tahini Sauce!
How to make Tahini Sauce!
Making tahini sauce is so incredibly easy. Simply place tahini paste, water, lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper in a mason jar and whisk until creamy and smooth. That is it!
It keeps for up to a week in the fridge.
The difference between Tahini Paste and Tahini Sauce:
Tahini Paste is simply ground up sesame seeds, thick and creamy, similar to peanut butter or almond butter. You can actually make tahini paste from scratch, by blending up sesame seeds in a powerful blender!
Tahini Sauce is when you take the tahini paste and add other ingredients to it to make a sauce or dressing- in this case lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper.
If you haven’t noticed…. I’m trying to give you an arsenal of easy flavorful sauces for you to draw from when you do your meal prep on Sundays. That way you can spice up even the most basic meals. A flavorful sauce can do wonders….turning boring meals into fantastical delicious creations! ( I’ve been watching “Anne with an E”).
This version of Tahini Sauce is oil-free and seasoned very simply – so it can complement a variety of meals. Of course you can doctor this up in your own way (see all the fun optional additions!)
Here are all the things you serve Tahini Sauce with!
Sheet Pan Shawarma Bowls
Have fun, get creative!
Everyday Tahini Sauce
Everyday Tahini Sauce – a simple, creamy, oil-free recipe that can be used as either a dressing or a sauce to give your midweek meals a boost of flavor! Vegan and gluten-free!
- Prep Time: 10
- Total Time: 10
- Yield: 1 cup 1x
- Category: sauce / condiment / dressing
- Method: stir
- Cuisine: middle eastern
- ½ cup tahini paste (liquids and solids both– not just the “oil”. )
- ¼ –⅓ cup warm tap water, more to desired consistency.
- 1 –2 tablespoons lemon juice ( more to taste)
- 1–2 tablespoon olive oil (optional)
- 2 garlic cloves (finely minced – use a garlic press)
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt (see notes)
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
Optional additions ( To spice thing up a bit! Don’t use all, just one or two! )
- chili flakes or chili paste (like sambal olek or sriracha) for a spicy kick
- a dash of soy sauce or liquid aminos, for more depth
- a dash of toasted sesame oil ( for extra sesame flavor)
- a teaspoon or two of zhoug for burst of flavor
- a teaspoon or two of zaatar spice
- fresh chopped chives, Italian parsley, mint or basil
- a few tablespoons plain yogurt, for extra creamy richness. This is tasty!
If your tahini paste has separated try to mix it in the jar with a fork before measuring. If it’s very cold, this may not work very well, so be sure to use both the solids and the oil.
Make the tahini sauce in a 2 cup mason jar or medium bowl.
If your tahini sauce is very cold, whisk using a fork or mini whisk, with the warm water. Start with ¼ cup warm water, and add more to desired consistency. For a tahini “dressing” add more water or a couple tablespoon olive oil. Or feel free to keep it thick like a spread. Also keep in mind, different brands of tahini paste are thicker than others.
Once you start whisking, it will actually thicken. 🙂
Add the remaining ingredients to the jar – lemon juice, minced garlic, salt, pepper and whisk until creamy and smooth. It will thicken as it cools in fridge.
Taste and adjust salt and lemon to your liking.
Feel free to add any of the optional additions, to make this your own!
For example, I like adding aleppo chili flakes, fresh chopped parsley and a pinch of zaatar to bump up the flavor. My mom used to add a little yogurt, for both tanginess and creaminess- so good! Up to you!
You want the Everyday Tahini Sauce to be flavorful and slightly on the salty side. If there is not enough salt, it may taste “anemic” or bland. Remember it’s a flavor boosting condiment! 🙂
I prefer mine a little spicy and tangy, so I’ll add more lemon, aleppo chili flakes and either zhoug or zaatar…..but totally up to you. Make this your own! Have fun with it. Leave your adaptions below!
This will keep for up to 10 days in the fridge.
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