Easy Lemon Tahini Dressing

For the past few years I’ve been asking myself, “What is the fuss about this tahini dressing that people are adding to all their food?”

And then I tried it. Oh. my. goodness. I’m shameless to announce that I drank the tahini ‘kool aid’ and have been putting it on top of EVERYTHING since I first made it. The flavor is sharp, rich, and can get you to eat even the most dreadful vegetables.

This recipe from budgetbytes was so much easier than I thought it would be to make. You can make tahini from sesame seeds, but I chose to buy the sesame seed paste (aka tahini paste) from the international section of the grocery store due to time constraints–and I’m sure most of you will want to follow the same method for convenience. Simply stir up a batch, pour it on your food, and store the rest in the fridge for the week.



  • 1/3 cup sesame/tahini paste
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp white balsamic vinegar
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper


1. Add all ingredients to a food processor. Blend until smooth.
2. Add more/less water or lemon juice until you reach desired consistency. If you double this recipe you may have to stir with a spatula as paste will stick to the bottom of the processor and not mix fully.
3. Top on food or store in fridge!



So easy right? Hope you all try this. Making tahini dressing helped me enjoy cauliflower for the first time in my life.  Amazing!

Author: Stephanie Voytek, RDN

Have a healthy and happy relationship with food by cooking with That Certain Touch.

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