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The Best Creamy Tahini Sauce Recipe

The BEST basic tahini sauce made with simple ingredients like all natural tahini, lemon juice, garlic and optional flavor add-ins. This creamy, easy tahini sauce recipe is vegan, nut free and delicious as a dressing or dip for tons of different recipes.

Course Condiments, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Nut Free, Sauce, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword basic tahini sauce, creamy tahini sauce, easy, tahini sauce, tahini sauce recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 92 kcal
Author Monique Volz of AmbitiousKitchen.com


  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated (or sub ½ teaspoon garlic powder)
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • Optional: ½ teaspoon dijon for a little zing
  • 2-3 tablespoons warm water, to thin out a bit
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Optional: 1-2 teaspoons pure maple syrup to sweeten a little


  1. In a small bowl mix together tahini, garlic, lemon juice, water and salt until well combined and creamy. Drizzle over whatever your heart desires.

Recipe Notes

I like to use hulled tahini for tahini sauce. Soom is my favorite brand!

Feel free to get a little creative with your tahini sauce. Here are a few suggestions:

  • blend it up with cilantro, parsley, basil or even mint for an herby dip or dressing.
  • add 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric for an earthy yummy yellow dressing or dip
  • stir in 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt for a creamy, protein packed dressing
  • add 1 teaspoon of maple syrup for a sweeter dressing or 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard for a little tang.
Nutrition Facts
The Best Creamy Tahini Sauce Recipe
Amount Per Serving (2 tablespoons)
Calories 92 Calories from Fat 73
% Daily Value*
Fat 8.1g12%
Saturated Fat 1.1g7%
Carbohydrates 4.1g1%
Fiber 1.4g6%
Sugar 0.3g0%
Protein 2.6g5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.