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Jalapeño Green Tahini Sauce

Fresh and delicious jalapeno green tahini sauce packed with flavor from lime juice, cilantro, garlic, jalapeño, and creamy tahini. Drizzle this sauce on salads, chicken, salmon, bowls and your favorite proteins!

Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
5 mins

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Have you ever wanted a really amazing sauce to drizzle on just about anything? Well I’ve got the most perfect green sauce you’ll ever taste. It’s fresh, flavorful, spicy and nut free, too!


photo of jalapeno green tahini sauce in a bowl with text overlay

This green tahini sauce was just one of those things I whipped up one night while making salmon. I wanted something fresh and flavorful to drizzle on top. The next day I found myself adding it over my broccoli and cheddar chicken couscous and finally slathering these tuna cakes with it. I just can’t stop loving everything tahini and for good reason — it’s nutty, buttery, and perfect for sauces, marinades and salad dressings!

jalapeno green tahini sauce ingredients on a plate

What is tahini?

Tahini is simply ground sesame seeds and it’s very similar to how peanut butter or almond butter is made. Good tahini is creamy, mild, nutty, toasty and spoonable. It should not be overly bitter, thick or pasty. My favorite brand of tahini is by Soom (plus it’s female owned!).

jalapeno green tahini sauce in a blender

How to make green tahini sauce

Green tahini sauce is absolutely delicious and made with tahini, fresh cilantro, garlic, lime juice and jalapeno. It’s a bit zippy so just make sure you seed your jalapeno before adding it in, unless you LOVE spicy foods, then I say go for it and keep the seeds in, you wild animal, you!

If you have a parsley you need to use up, you can feel free to add some of that to this sauce as well. I recommend about 1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley to start, then taste and adjust as needed. Personally I think it’s perfect with just cilantro.

jalapeno green tahini sauce in a blender

Ways to use this green tahini sauce

1.) Use this green sauce as a chicken, tofu or salmon glaze or even a marinade if you’re feeling it! Personally I love it drizzled over salmon or these delicious Peruvian grilled chicken drumsticks. I think it would pair deliciously with these pineapple tofu kabobs.

2.) Use it as salad dressing. This sauce would be perfect in a black bean quinoa salad, but you can use it on just about anything you can dream up.

3.) Use it as a dip for chicken fingers or on grilled fish!

jalapeno green tahini sauce in a bowl with a spoon and garnishes on the side

I hope you love this yummy green tahini sauce and find some fun, creative ways to use it! If you make this recipe, please leave a comment and rate the recipe below so others know how you liked it! Thank you for your readership! xo.

Jalapeño Green Tahini Sauce

5 from 3 votes
jalapeno green tahini sauce in a bowl with a spoon and garnishes on the side
Course Condiments, Dairy Free, Sauce, Vegan
Keyword green tahini sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Serves 4
Fresh and delicious green jalapeño tahini sauce packed with flavor from lime juice, cilantro, garlic, jalapeño, and creamy tahini. Drizzle this sauce on salads and your favorite proteins!


  • ½ jalapeño, seeded
  • 3 tablespoons tahini
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 garlic clove
  • ½ cup packed cilantro
  • 2-3 tablespoons warm water to thin sauce
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Add additional warm water if necessary to thin sauce so that it’s spoonable. 
  2. Season with salt and pepper to taste (just a little at a time), then blend again and taste. Add more salt and pepper, if necessary. Serves 4 depending how much sauce you want. Makes about 1/2 cup sauce, about 2 tablespoons per serving. Double it if you want more sauce!
Servings: 4 servings
Serving size: 2 tablespoons
Calories: 72kcal
Fat: 6.1g
Saturated fat: 0.8g
Carbohydrates: 3.5g
Fiber: 1.4g
Protein: 2.2g

Recipe by: Monique Volz // Ambitious Kitchen | Photography by: Eat Love Eats

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