How do you achieve a creamy taste without dairy? Tahini. The silky, luxurious sesame seed paste that has been a staple of Middle Eastern cooking forever has become so much more prevalent in New York, and I couldn't be happier. With just a few simple ingredients (6 to be exact), a measuring spoon and a whisk, you can have an endlessly adaptable dressing that's perfect for salad, roasted vegetables, or a sandwich. Honestly, it works on everything, is vegan, is healthy, tastes amazing, and lasts forever! Make a big batch and keep it in the fridge to fancify a meal at any moment.
Pro-tip: Pour it into a squirt bottle and drizzle all over e v e r y t h i n g for a tahinitastic week! What sounds better to you? Falafel sandwich or Falafel Sandwich with Creamy Lemon-Tahini Dressing? See! Told ya so.
The recipe below is my original rendition, but you can toss it up and play around with what acid, spices and sweeteners you use. For example, instead of lemon juice and maple syrup, why not try lime juice and agave for a distinctly Latin flair next time? Don't be afraid to put your own spin on this kitchen workhorse!
Pictured above is the dressing massaged into kale leaves. I massaged the kale with sliced scallions and radishes, and then topped the beautiful greens and pinks with sliced strawberries and crumbled feta cheese.
A versatile dressing made with fresh lemon juice and tahini, and spiced with cumin and roasted garlic
½ cup of tahini, I like Seed & Mill brand
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp garlic powder
¼ tsp cumin
juice of ½ lemon (about 1 tbs)
2 tbsp maple syrup
¼ cup warm water, plus more if needed
In a large bowl, whisk together all ingredients except water. When mixed, slowly stream in warm water, whisking to thin dressing out. Once well combined, taste. Add any other seasoning you may need (extra salt, more lemon, more water if too thick, etc)
Serve immediately over anything or store in an airtight container in the fridge for a good long while (but it won't last long)
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 0 minutes
- Category: Dips & Dressings
- Method: No Cook
- Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Keywords: middle eastern recipes, tahini, tahini dressing, tahini sauce, lemon tahini dressing, lemon tahini sauce