Golden Turmeric Tahini Dressing

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.

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!

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.

If you’ve been reading EBF for any amount of time you’ll know that one of my favorite things to do is to come up with recreation recipes, whether it’s making a healthy version of a childhood fav (like this lightened-up sweet potato casserole) or testing out copycat recipes of products that I buy regularly or restaurant meals I’ve enjoyed. Some of my best copycat recipes include these coconut chocolate chip Larabars, this Mayan harvest bake and these paleo chicken tenders. PS — The tenders are SO delicious and also Whole30 approved. Just wanted to mention that because I know a lot of you are doing the Whole30 this month!

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!

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


Description

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!


Ingredients

  • 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)

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. If the dressing seems too thick you can add a little more water, 1 Tablespoon at a time.

Notes

  • 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

  • Serving Size: 2 Tablespoons
  • Calories: 71
  • Sugar: 1g
  • Sodium: 56mg
  • Fat: 6g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 4g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 0

If you try this turmeric tahini dressing, let me know how it turns out in the comment section or share a photo on social media. Just be sure to tag me (@eatingbirdfood + #eatingbirdfood) so that I see it!

Golden Turmeric Tahini Dressing

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    17 comments
  1. 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

  2. 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! ) ???

  3. 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.

  4. I didn’t have nutritional yeast so left it out but it definitely could use a little something extra! Maybe I’ll add the garlic you mentioned and see if that does the trick.

    xo Jules

  5. this dressing was so tasty! I loved it so much I just started eating it as a dip with raw carrots. Thanks for sharing this recipe! It’s going to be a staple in my kitchen

  6. I am glad I stumbled upon this! It sounds so good, and looks good too! I have no creativity though, so what do you recommend putting this on?

  7. I just printed the recipe and will be putting it together tonight for our salad! I made Erin of Wellplated’s golden milk last Thursday and then made it into oatmeal on Saturday. Clearly, I’m having a thing with turmeric. Thanks, Brittany!

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