Garlic Tahini Dressing
Published Apr 13, 2021, Updated Aug 24, 2023
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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!
In the meantime, I’ll be over here making a ton of tahini recipes and drizzling this garlic tahini dressing on everything.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Apple Cider Vinegar Dressing
- Mexican Goddess Dressing
- Maple Dressing
- Avocado Ranch Dressing
- Lemon Vinaigrette
- Turmeric Tahini Dressing
- Avocado Caesar Dressing
- Chili Almond Dressing
No time to make your own dressing? Check out my favorite healthy store-bought salad dressings.
Garlic Tahini Dressing
- 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.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.