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This tasty tahini dressing recipe takes 2 minutes to whisk up and works on anything! Drizzle on salads, bowl meals, and more.

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Want a quick and easy creamy dressing? Look no further than this beyond easy Tahini Dressing recipe! Now, here’s a little secret. I’m lazy when it comes to sauces. The less I have to whip out a blender, the better. So here’s a tahini dressing that requires no juicing of lemons and no blender. Yep, you can whisk it up in just 2 minutes! It makes a huge pop of flavor: a little white wine vinegar and maple syrup make it taste irresistibly savory and fresh. Use it for drizzling on salads, rice bowls, veggies: anything goes here!

Ingredients in this tahini dressing recipe

This tahini dressing is an all-purpose dressing that works with a variety of flavors. While our Best Tahini Sauce has lemon juice and a strong Mediterranean vibe, this tahini dressing works with pretty much anything. Whisk it all together and it makes for a fusion that tastes overall…well, irresistible! You can really use it on anything. Here’s what you need for this tasty dressing:

  • Tahini
  • White wine vinegar
  • Maple syrup (or honey or sugar)
  • Garlic powder
  • Olive oil
  • Water
  • Salt
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What makes it great? No blender, pantry ingredients

Some tahini dressing recipes require a blender, which is often the last thing I want to pull out when the kitchen is already a mess! Many tahini dressing recipes also require lemon: which is wonderful flavor-wise, but sometimes we run out of fresh lemons. This recipe is so easy because you can make it with all pantry ingredients!

Variation: lemon tahini sauce

Looking for a tahini sauce with lemon instead? We’ve got you. The bright, fresh flavor of lemon can’t be beat when you have it on hand! Go to Lemon Tahini Dressing.

Tahini salad dressing storage info

How long can you store homemade tahini dressing? Well, tahini itself lasts up to 6 months refrigerated. So technically you could store this dressing for that long. However, we recommend that you store it in a covered jar for up to 1 month.

Here’s an important tip: bring it to room temperature before serving. You can also add a splash of water if it needs thinning out!

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How to serve this tahini dressing recipe

What’s the best way to serve this tahini dressing recipe? You can serve it as a tahini salad dressing, or get more creative as a vegan dressing for bowl meals and other salads. Here are some of our favorite ways to serve it:

What is tahini, anyway?

Tahini is a paste made of sesame seeds. It’s typically used in Middle Eastern or Mediterranean-style dishes. Since it’s simply made of sesame seeds and salt, tahini is vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, Paleo, keto, and Whole 30 friendly. It’s perfect for making tahini salad dressings, creamy sauces for sandwiches, desserts like cookies and cakes. It’s also great as a replacement for peanut butter for peanut allergies. Speaking of how to use it…

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Tahini recipes

What else can you do with tahini? So many things! We’ve got lots of ideas for more tahini recipes to use up your jar:

This tahini dressing recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free.

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Tahini Dressing

Easy Tahini Dressing (in 2 Minutes!)

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: About 1 cup 1x


This tasty tahini dressing recipe takes 2 minutes to whisk up and works on anything! Drizzle on salads, bowl meals, and more. 


  • ½ cup tahini
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup, honey or sugar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 5 tablespoons warm water


  1. Whisk together all ingredients, adding additional warm water if necessary to get it to come to a light and creamy consistency (this varies based on the texture of the tahini brand). Store up to 1 month refrigerated; bring to room temperature before serving (add a splash of water if it needs thinning out).
  • Category: Dressing
  • Method: Whisked
  • Cuisine: Salad Dressing
  • Diet: Vegan

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Rebecca Olivarez says:

    Love love love! Had to add extra water

  2. Trudy says:

    Best and easiest Tahini Dressing/Dip I have ever had! Thank You.

  3. Susan Garriques says:

    I made this a couple of weeks ago when a friend asked me to bring a dressing for salad. And I made it exactly as the recipe is written. It was delicious!!! My friend gladly kept what we hadn’t used and asked for the recipe. I’ve already made another batch. And more tahini. Thanks for sharing this.

    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      So glad you enjoy it!

  4. Kathy Vetro says:

    Made this today to use up the little over 1/2cup of tahini I had left in a jar along with other leftover stuff. Excellent flavor. I added fresh grated garlic instead of garlic powder and an extra teaspoon of ginger and used Sherry Vinegar (literally had a little over 2 tsp left). So good! I love recipes like this you really can’t screw up.