Golden Turmeric Tahini Dressing
Published Jan 22, 2018, Updated May 03, 2022
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A super simple recipe for an anti-inflammatory turmeric tahini dressing that’s the perfect topping for your favorite salad, but also lovely as a sauce or dip!
My favorite homemade dressing of all time is my zesty tahini dressing, but this turmeric tahini dressing is slowly creeping up as a close second.
It all started when Cava released their 2018 winter menu with a spicy turmeric tahini dressing. It wasn’t long after that I found a packaged version of this very dressing at our local Whole Foods. I love all the Cava products and this dressing is no different. I have a bottle in my fridge as I type this and it’s likely sitting right next to my homemade version.
This golden turmeric tahini dressing is somewhat of a copycat recipe because I was definitely inspired by Cava’s dressing and looked at their ingredient list for ideas of where to start. Their dressing calls for harissa for spice. While I love harissa, it’s not something I keep on hand all the time, so I opted to use cayenne pepper instead.
I also added nutritional yeast for extra depth and a hint of nutty, cheesy flavor. I love nutritional yeast in tahini dressings and highly recommend scooping some up if you plan to make this dressing. If you have trouble finding it you can make the dressing without it; just add an additional Tablespoon of tahini in its place.
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Golden Turmeric Tahini Dressing
- 1/4 cup tahini
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 2 Tablespoons water
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 1 Tablespoon nutritional yeast
- 1/2 Tablespoon maple syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
- pinch – 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional
- Add all ingredients into a small bowl and whisk together until smooth. Or add all the ingredients into a mason jar and shake to combine until smooth. Or add the ingredients into a blender and process until smooth.
- If the dressing seems too thick you can add a little more water, 1 Tablespoon at a time.
- A little goes a long way with the cayenne, so add a little, taste the dressing and add more if needed. If you don’t like spicy foods you can simply leave it out.
- Add extra flavor to the dressing with these add-ins: 1 clove minced garlic or 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.
Just made my fourth batch of this in the last month-and-a-half. Absolutely love it! Have used it on a variety of foods and have enjoyed each one. Thank you for sharing the recipe.
P.S. I appreciate that you have provided we nutrition breakdown.
Seriously the best dressing! I love all things turmeric/curry and this is amazing on everything! So easy, I make a batch almost weekly and put it on my salads and veggies. (also thank you for all the salad inspo! It’s totally been upping my salad game! ) ???
it will be a super item.Seriously the best dressing.i love it.
I am trying to avoid oil and would like to replace it with water. Do you think it would take much away from this dressing. Would love to try. Thanks
I think you’d be totally fine using water in place of the oil. The dressing has a good amount of fat coming from the tahini.
It sounds delish! I love tahini and turmeric. I’m assuming you mean real maple syrup? Would substituting molasses work as well? It also has iron. I don’t have nutritional yeast, but Amazon does!! 😁
Hey Theresa – Yes, pure maple syrup would be best. I haven’t tried molasses, so I’m not sure. It might change the taste of the dressing, but you can certainly try it. Let me know if you do and how it turns out!
I didn’t know what to do with some old leftover tahini, so used it in this dressing. (I omitted the maple syrup.) Oh my goodness, it’s such a good dressing that I kind of want to go buy more tahini now. Thanks for a great recipe!
Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Sarah!! I’m so glad you enjoyed this dressing. Thanks for trying my recipe and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. <3
This was delish! How long does it keep?
This dressing should stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to a week in an airtight container.
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