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Creamy Tahini Dressing {Vegan, Gluten Free, Paleo, Keto}
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins

Tahini dressing is thick, rich and deliciously creamy and only uses three ingredients and goes with everything.  Make 7 different dressings from the basic recipe.  It will rapidly become a store cupboard staple. 

Included in this list are Gluten Free, Vegan, Keto and Paleo options.

Course: Dips and dressings
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Keyword: Tahini Dressing
Servings: 25 (makes about 2 cups / 500ml)
Calories: 79 kcal
Author: Helen Best-Shaw
For the basic tahini dressing
  • 250 ml tahini
  • 4 tbs olive oil (use a good quality)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder (vary according to taste)
  • salt and pepper (vary according to taste)
  • 250 ml water
Lemon and herb tahini dressing
  • 2 tbsp thick tahini dressing
  • zest and juice of 1/4 lemon
Yogurt tahini sauce
  • 2 tbs thin tahini dressing
  • 2 tbs greek yogurt
Japanese Miso Tahini Dressing
  • 60 ml thick tahini dressing
  • 1 tsp sweet white miso paste
  • 2 tsp tamari
  • 1 tsp nori flakes (Or other dried seaweed. Chop finely)
Indian Tahini Dressing/Tahini Curry Sauce
  • 60 ml thin tahini dressing
  • 1 tsp curry powder (Or curry paste)
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp chili sauce (Adjust to taste)
Italian Tahini Dressing
  • 60 ml thin tahini dressing
  • 1 tsp sun dried tomato paste
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 stalk fresh basil (Finely Chopped)
Garlic Tahini Dressing
  • 60 ml thin tahini dressing
  • 1 clove garlic (Crushed. Add more or less to taste)
Maple Tahini Dressing
  • 60 ml thin tahini dressing
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
Basic tahini dressing
  1. Stir the tahini well as it separates over time.  Mix the the tahini, olive oil and garlic powder together. Season with salt and pepper.

  2. Slowly start to add the water, mixing in with a whisk

  3. The mixture will initially thin, then it will dramatically thicken and look curdled.  DON'T WORRY.  Keep adding the water whisking all the time. 

  4. Eventually the thick, curdled mixture will magically transform to a creamy dressing.   For the thick tahini dressing you will need about 80% of the volume of the tahini in water.

  5. The thin tahini dressing will have about the same volume of tahini and water and should have a coating consistency.

Lemon Tahini Dressing (with herbs)
  1. Add juice, zest and finely chopped herbs to thick tahini dressing, and stir together.

Yogurt Tahini Dressing
  1. Stir the yogurt and tahini dressing together until smooth. Adjust quantities to give the consistency you want.

Japanese Miso Tahini Dressing
  1. Mix thick tahini dressing, sweet white miso, tamari, and finely chopped nori, or other seaweed. If you want a stronger flavour, use a different style of miso. To ensure a gluten free dressing, use tamari rather than regular soy sauce.

Indian Tahini Dressing
  1. Mix thin tahini dressing, curry powder or paste, turmeric and chili sauce. Adjust the amounts to taste. If the sauce it too spicy, add some Greek yogurt.

  2. For a more mellow sauce, dry fry the curry powder and turmeric before combining with the tahini. Allow to cool.

Italian Tahini Dressing
  1. Mix thin tahini dressing, sundried tomato paste, balsamic vinegar and finely chopped fresh basil.

Garlic Tahini Dressing
  1. Add crushed garlic to thin tahini dressing. Start with one clove per 60ml of dressing, and adjust amounts to your preference.

  2. For a more mellow garlic flavour, slowly fry the garlic in a little oil Allow to cool.

Maple Tahini Dressing
  1. Stir maple syrup into thin tahini dressing.

Recipe Notes
Nutrition Facts
Creamy Tahini Dressing {Vegan, Gluten Free, Paleo, Keto}
Amount Per Serving
Calories 79 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 4mg 0%
Potassium 47mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 2g 1%
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 0.1%
Vitamin C 0.5%
Calcium 1.4%
Iron 2.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.