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.

Turmeric tahini dressing in a jar with some on a spoon.

Golden Turmeric Tahini Dressing

Brittany Mullins
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!
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Servings 8
Calories 71 kcal

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
 

  • 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.

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: 2TablespoonsCalories: 71kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 2gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 56mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1g
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Golden Turmeric Tahini Dressing

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    22 comments
    1. erdogan tosun
      June 25, 2020 AT 12:10 pm

      5 stars
      perfect

    2. Sarah
      April 13, 2020 AT 4:47 pm

      5 stars
      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!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 13, 2020 AT 10:08 pm

        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

    3. Theresa Overby
      February 25, 2020 AT 9:23 pm

      5 stars
      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!! 😁

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 28, 2020 AT 2:03 pm

        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!

    4. DONNA
      January 20, 2019 AT 3:09 pm

      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

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 20, 2019 AT 7:53 pm

        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.

    5. MD SHADEK HOSSAIN
      June 29, 2018 AT 11:51 am

      it will be a super item.Seriously the best dressing.i love it.

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