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Tahini Sauce (Easy Recipe)

Make this healthy tahini sauce (aka lemon tahini dressing) to add creaminess and taste to your falafel, wraps and salads. It's so easy and delicious you're gonna love it!
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine gluten-free, Greek, Healthy, Lenten, Mediterranean, vegan
Keyword garlic, lemon, tahini, tahini sauce
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 45 kcal
Author Makos


  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin or paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly grated black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 5-6 tablespoons cold water
  • Fresh parsley and sumac for serving, optional


  1. Transfer the tahini to a bowl. Add the the cumin, the garlic powder, the salt and the black pepper and mix with a spoon.
  2. Add the lemon juice and stir to combine. The mixture will start to thicken but this is normal. Start adding the water one tablespoon at a time mixing well after each addition. Gradually the mixture will start to become thinner and creamy.

    When you have used almost all of the water taste the sauce and add more salt, lemon juice or garlic if needed. If you want the sauce thinner add a bit of extra water.

  3. Serve over salads, falafel, hummus, or as a dip.

Recipe Notes

  • 45 calories per tablespoon
  • Guys, this is a tahini sauce, not a garlic sauce. So it is very mild in garlic flavor. After tasting it you can adjust it to your liking but keep in mind that the garlic taste will get stronger after storing it in the fridge.
  • Minced fresh garlic or black garlic will also work. The quantity will depend on your taste.


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