Garlic Tahini Dressing



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This garlic tahini dressing is made with creamy tahini, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, garlic and nutritional yeast. You’ll seriously want to drizzle it on everything.

You might not know this about me but I am tahini obsessed. I feel like it’s such an underrated ingredient that hasn’t reached it’s full potential yet!

I can totally see tahini making waves soon… maybe these tahini cookies will become the next cauliflower rice or sweet potato toast. We shall see.

Spoon with tahini dressing from a jar.

In the meantime, I’ll be over here making a ton of tahini recipes and  drizzling this garlic tahini dressing on everything.

Apple cider vinegar, liquid aminos, nutritional yeast, tahini, lemons and garlic displayed on counter.
Tahini, lemon, nutritional yeast, vinegar, tamari and garlic measured out on a table.

Ingredients You’ll Need

One thing you’ll notice right away is that this dressing is completely oil-free and you only need six simple ingredients… most of which you probably have in your fridge or pantry right now!

  • tahini – the star ingredient! Tahini is a condiment made from ground sesame seeds that is common in Middle Eastern food (like hummus). It has a mild, nutty flavor and it’s what makes this dressing so creamy and delicious. You can make homemade tahini!
  • apple cider vinegar – one of my favorite ingredients to use for making homemade dressings. This adds the perfect amount of tanginess and a ton of health benefits.
  • lemon juice – you need a good amount of lemon juice for this dressing and you want to use fresh juiced lemons, not the bottled stuff.
  • Bragg’s liquid aminos – this adds a robust flavor and saltiness to the dressing. Other options you can use: coconut aminos, reduced sodium tamari or reduced sodium soy sauce.
  • nutritional yeast – this adds a nutty, cheesy flavor without adding any dairy! Learn more about nutritional yeast here. I wouldn’t recommend subbing this for anything else. It’s a key ingredient in this recipe and gives it a ton of flavor. You can find it at most grocery stores or order it online!
  • minced garlic – you can’t have a garlic dressing without fresh garlic. You can use pre-minced garlic to save time, but fresh garlic definitely has the best flavor.

Blender with tahini dressing in it.


I personally think this dressing is amazing as it is, but it’s also super customizable! Here are some ideas for how to tweak it:

Add some sweetness: If you like a bit of sweetness in your salad dressings, feel free to add 1/2 Tablespoon of maple syrup to this dressing. I’ve tested it and it’s delicious!

Add a little kick: Love spice? Feel free to kick it up a notch by adding a pinch of cayenne pepper or some crushed red pepper to this dressing.

Add fresh herbs: Fresh parsley or dill would be an amazing addition if you happen to have one of these on hand and want an herby dressing.

jar of homemade tahini dressing. Lemons and parsley are beside the jar.

Ways to Use Tahini Dressing

This tahini dressing is so good I could literally eat it by the spoonful, but there are more classy ways to enjoy it. Here are some ideas:

  • On salad: Of course this dressing works great on salad! It’s particularly tasty on Mediterranean or Middle-Eastern salads and is amazing on this Garlicky Kale Salad.
  • As a sauce: It makes a tasty sauce for my baked falafel and these stuffed sweet potatoes.
  • As a dip: Use it as a dip for for your favorite chopped veggies. I love it with cucumbers and carrots.
Person dipping a cucumber slice into a jar of tahini dip.

Does Tahini Dressing Keep?

This tahini dressing stays fresh in the refrigerator for up to a week in an airtight container. I usually keep my dressings in a mason jar or weck jar (like the one you see in the photos here).

More Salad Dressing Recipes

Check out my top salad dressing recipes or try out some of the dressings below.

No time to make your own dressing? Check out my favorite healthy store-bought salad dressings.

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Garlic Tahini Dressing

This easy tahini dressing is made with six simple ingredients: tahini, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, tamari, nutritional yeast and garlic.  
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 3 /4 cup


  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice, about 2 large lemons
  • 1/4 cup Bragg’s liquid aminos, coconut aminos, low-sodium tamari or soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic, about 2-3 cloves


  • Blend: Add all ingredients into a blender and blend until combined.
  • Store: This tahini dressing will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to a week in an airtight container.


  • Add maple syrup: Want a sweeter dressing? This dressing is delicious with 1/2 Tablespoon maple syrup added in.


Serving: 2Tablespoons | Calories: 100kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 6g | Sodium: 30mg | Fiber: 1g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Salad Dressing
Cuisine: American
Keyword: tahini dressing
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  1. Just a note that tahini consists of oil so this dressing is not really “oil free.” It may be important for some people to know that if they are on a special diet. Sesame seeds are some of the oil-rich seeds and tahini is just ground sesame seeds. You know how tahini sometimes separates if left on a shelf (like natural peanut butter)? The stuff on top is oil.

    1. Hi Samantha – the sesame seeds themselves contain their own natural oil, but there is no added oil in this recipe.

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