Everyday Tahini Sauce – a simple, creamy, vegan, oil-free tahini 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, buddha bowls or even roasted veggies.
Oil-free, vegan and gluten-free – it adds richness without dairy. A true godsend! I’ll 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 ( see all the fun optional additions!) Swirl in fresh herbs, Zaatar or Dukkah, or sriracha or zhoug!
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”. )
- ¼ -⅓ cup warm tap water, more to desired consistency.
- 1 -2 tablespoons lemon juice ( or add to taste)
- 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.
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. Start with ¼ 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. Or feel free to keep it thick. 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 – lemon juice, minced garlic, salt, pepper.
Taste and adjust salt and lemon to your liking.
Feel free to add any of the optional additions, Make this your own!
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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