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This tahini yogurt sauce is our go-to sauce and dip! It’s irresistibly creamy and takes just 2 minutes to whip up. We like using it as a sauce for grilled vegetables, chicken, or seafood, or topping it with tomato confit as a tasty appetizer.

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Why we love this recipe

Hello and welcome to our new favorite multi-purpose condiment: Tahini Yogurt Sauce! This sauce is inspired by a sauce we had in a few different restaurants on our recent trip to France, served as a sauce with grilled meat or as an appetizer topped with vegetables.

It’s so intensely creamy and flavorful, and it comes together in just 2 minutes! We have been making it non-stop, for serving with grilled vegetables, as a dip recipe with raw vegetables, or with this tomato confit as a fun appetizer recipe. Jump to the recipe now, or hear a little more about it!

Ingredients in tahini yogurt sauce

You can make this tahini yogurt sauce with 3 ingredients in 2 minutes. Because of this, we’ve been whipping it up at every chance we get! Often it can feel like it takes forever to whip up a sauce and you end up dirtying blenders, cutting boards, and so forth. This one is so simple it’s become our go-to for everything! Here’s what you’ll need, plus salt and water:

  • Greek yogurt: Use full fat Greek yogurt for the best flavor. You can also use plain yogurt, just use less water when you dilute the sauce.
  • Tahini: This Mediterranean sesame paste is easy to find in most grocery stores.
  • Grated garlic (optional): We love it with a little grated garlic to make a punchy sauce. If you are garlic averse, leave it out and it still tastes great. We often omit the garlic if we’re serving with something that’s also garlicky (like tomato confit).
Tomato Confit with Tahini Yogurt Sauce

Ways to serve tahini yogurt sauce

This sauce is so simple and can be used in so many ways! We made it with grilled chicken the other night and it was stellar. Our favorite way is topped with tomato confit as an appetizer (see above). Here are some ideas for how to serve tahini yogurt sauce:

Leftovers and make ahead info

Yogurt tahini sauce is very simple to make ahead. Just whip it up and it stores at least 1 week refrigerated (or up to 2 weeks, depending on the expiration date on the yogurt).

Tahini Yogurt Sauce in bowl with vegetables.

Flavor variations

Wondering ways to customize this yogurt tahini sauce? Here are a few ideas:

  • Add a hint of lemon zest
  • Throw in a handful of chopped fresh herbs: dill, basil, or parsley
  • Make it spicy with a few dashes of hot sauce
  • Add a hint of sweetness with some honey

More tahini recipes

There are so many fun recipes to make with tahini, from cookies to X! Here are some of our favorite recipes with tahini:

Dietary notes

This tahini yogurt sauce is vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free.

Frequently asked questions

What does tahini yogurt sauce taste like?

Tahini yogurt sauce is a creamy, tangy, and savory condiment made by combining tahini (a paste made from sesame seeds), yogurt, lemon juice, and often garlic and other spices.

What can I use tahini yogurt sauce for?

Tahini yogurt sauce is incredibly versatile. It can be used as a dip for vegetables or pita bread, a dressing for salads, a sauce for grilled meats or fish, a topping for falafel or shawarma, or even a drizzle for roasted vegetables.

Can I make tahini yogurt sauce ahead of time?

Yes, you can make tahini yogurt sauce ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. The flavors will meld and develop over time, making it even more delicious.

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Yogurt tahini sauce

Tahini Yogurt Sauce (3 Ingredients!)


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: 4 to 6 1x
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Description

This tahini yogurt sauce is our go-to sauce and dip! It’s irresistibly creamy and takes just 2 minutes to whip up. We like using it as a sauce for grilled vegetables, chicken, or seafood, or topping it with tomato confit as a tasty appetizer.


Ingredients

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  • 1 cup full-fat Greek yogurt
  • ¼ teaspoon grated garlic (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt, plus 2 pinches
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 2 teaspoons water

Instructions

  1. Stir together all ingredients in a bowl, using just enough water so that the texture comes together into a creamy sauce (all yogurts vary). Adjust flavors as necessary.
  2. Store leftovers up to 1 week refrigerated. Enjoy with fresh veggies, as a sauce for grilled vegetables or grilled chicken, or as an appetizer topped with marinated tomatoes or tomato confit.

Notes

*Alternative: we often make this without the garlic and it still tastes great! Feel free to omit if desired.

  • Category: Sauce or Dip
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean Inspired
  • Diet: Vegetarian

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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4 Comments

  1. Farah says:

    Can you make this recipe with non-dairy yogurt? Thank you

  2. Foran Lang says:

    I eat alot of yogart & this sounds fun to make & a delight to try and i certainly will