Garlic Tahini Dressing


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.
  • 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! 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.

If you make this tahini dressing be sure to leave a comment and star rating below letting us know how it turned out. Your feedback is so helpful for the EBF team and our readers!

Garlic Tahini Dressing

4 from 16 votes
This easy tahini dressing is made with six simple ingredients: tahini, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, tamari, nutritional yeast and garlic.  
Spoon with tahini dressing from a jar. Lemons and herbs are beside the jar.
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
Course: Salad Dressing
Cuisine: American
Keyword: tahini dressing


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    1. Christina
      August 6, 2021 AT 3:48 pm

      5 stars
      Delicious and so easy to make! This is part of the regular rotation at our house. Love all the flavor without added oil. Thanks so much!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 6, 2021 AT 8:43 pm

        So pumped you loved this dressing, Christina!! Thanks for the review. I so appreciate it!

    2. Karen W
      August 6, 2021 AT 11:55 am

      5 stars
      Very tasty and so easy to make! I tried combining ingredients in a mason jar and shaking as another reviewer suggested, but the consistency was too “grainy” (for me at least). I blended with my hand blender and voilà.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 6, 2021 AT 12:12 pm

        Glad you enjoyed this dressing, Karen! And thanks for your feedback on using your hand blender.

    3. Lisa
      June 12, 2021 AT 12:41 pm

      5 stars
      This dressing is delicious! I made a salad today with baby arugula, grape tomatoes, corn, sliced almonds, avocado, and crispy tofu. This dressing was the perfect topping! I was able to make this without even using a blender or food processor. I put all of the ingredients in a mason jar and gave it a good shake and that did the trick! Another winner, Brittany! Thanks! 🙂

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 14, 2021 AT 12:16 pm

        Ah yay!! I’m so glad this tahini dressing has been such a hit, Lisa! Thanks for making it and coming back to leave a review 🙂

    4. Amanda Beatrice
      April 23, 2021 AT 10:04 pm

      What is the nutritional yeast? Is it the same thing as active dry yeast?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 24, 2021 AT 11:35 am

        Nutritional yeast is an inactive yeast made from molasses. It’s yellow in color and sold as flakes, granules or powder and can be found in the spice section or bulk bins of health food stores and even places like Target. I like the Bob’s Red Mill brand. Nutritional yeast has the word “nutritional” in its name for a reason! It is a complete protein – meaning it has all nine essential acids that we need! It is also high in protein (2g per tablespoon) so is a great way for vegetarians and vegans to add high-quality protein to their diet.

    5. Cameron
      April 13, 2021 AT 5:02 pm

      5 stars
      This recipe is seriously SO GOOD! Another EBF home run. This has been added to the weekly rotation in my house. I put it on top of roasted veggies, greens, and chicken for a super satisfying, savory dinner. It’s a cross between a dressing and a creamy sauce in the absolute best way possible. And, it’s packed full of nutrient dense ingredients. Just a damn good recipe I keep going back to!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 13, 2021 AT 6:30 pm

        Woo! This makes me so happy to hear, Cameron! I’m so glad this tahini dressing was such a hit. Thanks for leaving a review. I really appreciate it.

Parchment paper lined with protein balls.


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