Skip to content

Homemade Tahini Sauce

    This creamy, garlicky tahini sauce is a Lebanese specialty and we drizzle it over everything from meat to rice to roasted veggies. This vegan tahini sauce is also great as a salad dressing, a dip for raw veggies, or used as a spread in your favorite pita wrap.

    Tahini sauce.

    If you love Lebanese food as much as I do, then you’ll know how good tahini sauce is. And if you aren’t familiar with this delicious sauce, odds are you’ve enjoyed it with your falafel, hummus, or baba ghanoush at some point. It’s a staple in many Middle Eastern cuisines, and tastes delicious drizzled over meats and rice, or used as a dip for pita and veggies. If you truly haven’t tried it before, you’ll be converted in no time with my quick and simple Homemade Tahini Sauce recipe.

    Ingredients

    • Tahini: Also called tahina in some countries, is a ground paste made from sesame seeds, it’s a condiment commonly found in the Middle East that is naturally gluten-free.
    • Lemon juice: Bright, acidic, and fresh flavor that elevates the sauce.
    • Garlic: Nutty, aromatic, and strong, it pairs well with the nutty undertones of the tahini.
    • Salt: Balances and enhances the flavors of the other three ingredients.

    How to Make Homemade tahini Sauce

    Pouring tahini in bowl

    Start by pouring your tahini paste into a medium sized bowl.

    Grating garlic into tahini

    Then, use a microplane or grater to freshly grate your garlic clove into the tahini.

    Adding lemon juice to tahini

    Next add your lemon juice, either squeezing by hand or using a juicer. Just be sure you catch any seeds!

    Adding hot water to tahini sauce

    Use hot water to thin the sauce to your desired consistency.

    Seasoning tahini sauce with salt

    Then season to taste with some salt. You could also add a pinch of cayenne, pepper, or cumin.

    Dipping pita in tahini sauce.

    Once it’s all mixed in, you’re ready to drizzle, dip, spread your sauce on any number of dishes!

    Recipes with Tahini Sauce

    Frequently Asked Questions:

    Can you eat tahini sauce by itself?

    Yes you can, but I enjoy it best mixed in to hummus, paired with pita bread, or drizzled over a number of Middle Eastern dishes.

    What does tahini taste like?

    Tahini has an earthy, nutty flavor that can also be quite biter. It works best in savory dishes.

    Is tahini a good substitute for peanut butter?

    While tahini might look like peanut butter, it doesn’t taste like it. It isn’t sweet, so if you’re looking to reduce your sugar intake, you could try it.

    Eat it, Like It, Share it!

    Did you try this recipe and like it? The next time you make it, snap a picture and share it to your socials! Tag @thelemonbowl and #thelemonbowl so we can admire and share your dish.

    Liz eating tahini sauce with pita bread.

    Now you know how easy it is to make at home, you’ll be dipping and enjoying a taste of the Middle East in no time.

    No fork required.

    Tahini sauce

    Tahini Sauce

    Rate It!
    This creamy, garlicky tahini sauce is a Lebanese specialty and we drizzle it over everything from meat to rice to roasted veggies. This vegan tahini sauce is also great as a salad dressing, a dip for raw veggies or used as a spread in your favorite pita wrap.
    PREP: 3 mins
    TOTAL: 3 mins
    Servings: 8

    Ingredients
     

    • ¼ cup tahini
    • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
    • 1 clove garlic (grated)
    • salt (to taste)
    • warm water (to thin)
    • pinch cayenne (optional)

    Instructions
     

    • In a small bowl, whisk together tahini, lemon juice, garlic and a good pinch of salt. Slowly whisk in warm water, working 1 tablespoon at a time, until smooth and creamy.

    Notes

    Will store in air-tight refrigerated container for up to 7 days.

    Nutrition

    Serving: 1tablespoonCalories: 46kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 1gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 3mgPotassium: 40mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 0.1gVitamin A: 5IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 11mgIron: 0.3mg
    SHOW AND TELL ON INSTAGRAM!Show me your creation and rate it below! Mention @thelemonbowl or tag #thelemonbowl! I would LOVE to see!
    nv-author-image

    Liz DellaCroce

    Liz Della Croce is the creator and author of The Lemon Bowl, a healthy food blog. Since 2010, Liz has been sharing delicious recipes that just so happen to be healthy. By using real ingredients with an emphasis on seasonality, Liz has built a growing audience of loyal readers who crave good food for their families. Click Here To Subscribe to my newsletter:

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published.

    Your feedback is important to us. Rate what you thought of this.




    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.