Everyday Tahini Sauce – a simple, creamy, vegan, oil-free recipe that can be used as either a dressing or a sauce to give your midweek meals a boost of flavor! Fast and easy!
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, wraps, bowls or roasted veggies.
Oil-free, vegan and gluten-free – it adds richness without dairy. A true godsend! I make a batch on Sunday and use it everyday ( on everything) throughout the week. Get it? 😉
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 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. Swirl in fresh herbs, Zaatar or Dukkah, or sriracha or even pesto.
Serve it with ….
Sheet Pan Shawarma Bowls
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
- Category: sauce / condiment / dressing
- Method: stir
- Cuisine: middle eastern
- ½ cup tahini paste ( liquids and solids both– not just the “oil”. )
- ⅓ cup warm tap water, more to desired consistency.
- juice from one small lemon ( or to taste)
- 2 garlic cloves ( finely minced – use a garlic press)
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt ( see notes)
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
If your tahini paste has separated try to mix it 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.
If your tahini sauce is very cold, whisk using a fork or mini whisk, with the warm water.
Once you start whisking, it will actually thicken. 🙂
Add the remaining ingredients – lemon, garlic, salt, pepper.
Start with ⅓ cup warm water, and add more to desired consistency. I usually need up with equal parts tahini paste and water ( ½ cup) for a looser “dressing” consistency. Also keep in mind, different brands of tahini paste are thicker than others.
Taste adjust salt and lemon.
You want the Everyday Tahini Sauce to be on the slightly salty side. If there is not enough salt, it will taste “pale” and bland. Remember this is not a dip, it’s a flavor boosting condiment. 🙂
I prefer mine a little tangy, so I like to add more lemon…..but up to you.
Feel free to add chopped fresh herbs (parsley or cilantro is nice) or spices ( like zaatar ) or keep it simple!
This will keep for up to two weeks in the fridge.