Easy Tahini Sauce



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This easy creamy tahini sauce with lemon, olive oil and garlic can be used in so many ways – as a sauce for protein or vegetables, on a buddha bowl, or even as a dressing.

When I first tried tahini, I fell in love. Plain and simple! I love the nutty yet mild flavor that works in a wide variety of recipes. Today I’m using it to create a delicious, creamy vegan sauce.

I have already shared an epic oil-free zesty tahini dressing that I love and highly recommend, but I wanted to create a tahini sauce recipe as well. This particular tahini sauce incorporates lemon juice and olive oil and it’s a bit thicker, perfect for drizzling over a buddha bowl or veggies.

Glass jar with tahini sauce. Fresh parsley, half a lemon and garlic cloves are around the jar.

I go through phases when it comes to my favorite dressings and staple sauces, but I always love whipping up at least one dressing or sauce on Sundays (literally takes five minutes) so I am set for the week!

I’ll be enjoying this tahini sauce on a butternut squash sheet pan meal, a salad and I’m sure a bowl meal throughout the week.

Bird's eye view of a jar with tahini sauce with a gold spoon in the jar.

What is Tahini?

Tahini is a paste made from sesame seeds. I’ve actually never made my own but I’ve read that it’s pretty simple! You’ll see tahini used in a lot of Mediterranean sauces and recipes. It works really well with lemon and garlic but is also delicious in baked goods. I told you it was versatile!

You can find tahini near the peanut butter in your local grocery store. I have tried a ton of different tahinis over the years and my personal favorite is the Whole Foods brand of tahini. It’s nutty, flavorful and perfectly creamy without being bitter at all. You can also make homemade tahini!

Ingredients in This Creamy Tahini Sauce

  • tahini
  • lemon juice
  • olive oil
  • garlic cloves
  • sea salt
  • water
Glass jar with tahini dressing and a gold spoon drizzling some sauce off the spoon. Garlic, parsley and a lemon are around the jar.

How to Make Easy Tahini Sauce

For this recipe, all you need to do is combine all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor. If needed, you can add more water to get to your desired consistency. The sauce might thicken a little in the fridge so you can always add more water later and shake or blend before serving. Just don’t add too much or your sauce will become diluted.

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4.36 from 14 votes

Easy Tahini Sauce

This easy creamy tahini sauce with lemon, olive oil and garlic can be used in so many ways — as a sauce for protein or vegetables, on a buddha bowl, or even as a dressing.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 3 /4 cup


  • 1/4 cup well-stirred tahini
  • 4 1/2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 Tablespoons water
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt


  • Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
  • Use as a sauce for protein, veggies and more.


Serving: 2Tablespoons | Calories: 123kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 12g | Sodium: 75mg | Fiber: 1g

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

Additional Info

Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Keyword: tahini sauce
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  1. 5 stars
    Love this sauce. How long do you think it will keep? I made it a couple weeks ago and just found the leftovers in the fridge. It still smells and looks the same… have you ever pushed it that long? 🙂

    1. Hi Lindsay! I’m so happy to hear that you love this sauce. I normally keep mine in the fridge for about a week. I would just use your best judgment. I know tahini stays fresh in the fridge for a couple months, so if your sauce still smells and looks the same it should be okay.

      Thanks so much for leaving a comment and star rating, I so appreciate it! <3

      1. 5 stars
        Thanks for the quick reply! I ended up eating it (too good to let it go to waste), and I lived to tell the tale! Will definitely make again.

  2. 5 stars
    Great sauce. I did have to add water as per your recommendation. I served it with your chickpea, butternut squash, and tofu 1 pan meal. My hubby had 2 helpings so I call it a success!

  3. 5 stars
    Who knew this would be the first thing I comment on?! All of the recipes I’ve tried in your site have been 5*’s. But today it’s a rainy day and I didn’t fell like cooking…so I’m thoroughly enjoying some of this tahini sauce with raw veggies. It’s awesome! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Yay!! So pumped you loved this dressing, Rosa. Thanks for making it and for the review. I so appreciate it!

  4. Hi there, Many thanks for the recipes. My sauce is to lemony and garlicky. (No fault of yours)Any tips for taming it down.