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Easy Lemon Tahini Sauce / Dressing

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This easy lemon Tahini sauce or dressing features a delicious blend of the most essential flavors of the Middle East. You can use it for salads, as a dip alongside humus, in wraps, or any recipe where a tangy sauce would taste great. Our tangy sauce uses only fresh ingredients, which gives the dressing a refreshing flavor.

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What is Tahini?

Tahini is a traditional Middle Eastern condiment. It is made by grounding sesame seeds into a paste. It is often added to dressings, sauces, dips, and other dishes.

Tahini is naturally gluten free, but you may want to check the bottle you buy to make sure it does not contain any gluten in its manufacturing if staying gluten free is important for you. 

When we make Tahini sauce, it is a smooth sauce because we use a food processor to mix it all up.

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Ingredients used to make Tangy Tahini dressing

Tangy Tahini dressing needs the following ingredients to make it taste amazing, so make sure you have the following on hand before making:

  • Garlic - You can use fresh crushed or minced garlic.
  • Fresh parsley - You can use your preferred parsley.
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Tahini - This Middle Eastern ingredient is often sold in grocery stores in the international section or may be found in a speciality shop or online.
  • Lemon juice - For best results, use freshly squeezed lemon juice.
  • Water - You can use cool tap or filtered water.

How to make Tahini sauce  

After you gather all your ingredients, follow these easy steps to make the Tahini sauce recipe.

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  • First, crush the garlic. 
  • Next, add the garlic, tahini paste, half of the parsley, and lime juice to the bowl of a food processor and blend. As it blends, it will thicken, so you will need to add a small amount of water and blend some more.
  • You can keep blending and adding water in small amounts until the sauce reaches your desired consistency.
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Pro tips and tricks

When making Tahini dressing, follow these simple tips and tricks for the best results:

  • Do not substitute fresh lemon with bottled juice, it won’t taste as fresh!
  • Sweeteners balance the sauce, so add a little bit to give the tangy Tahini dressing a bit of a sweetness
  • When mixing, add water to achieve desired consistency
  • For a rich finish, drizzle in just a touch of olive oil
  • Dress it up with fresh herbs
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How to serve

Tahini sauce goes great with our Roasted Cauliflower ,Greek, Mediterranean, or Middle Eastern salads and foods. You can serve it over top of falafel or as part of a wrap. 

You can also serve it alongside hummus or Tzatziki sauce to add more flavor to pita chips or your favorite dippables. You’ll find it compliments these two sauces excellently!

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Do I have to use fresh lemon for Tahini Sauce?

Technically, no. You could use bottled lemon juice, but it really does not taste as good. Freshly squeezed lemon has a much better flavor. It also has a fresher taste, which adds to the lemon Tahini dressing.

Where can I buy tahini sauce?

When you go to your local grocery store, we recommend checking the International food aisle for Tahini sauce. Some stores may keep it with hummus or pitas. 
If you can’t find it at your local store, a specialty Middle Eastern grocery store will almost certainly have it. Finally, if there are no local specialty shops, you should be able to find it easily onlineLemon Tahini Sauce / Dressing

Do I have to refrigerate tahini / How to Store Tahini

Tahini does not need to be refrigerated. And adding the lemon to it only helps to keep it fresh and free from bacteria that may grow. Still, you may find that refrigerating it can help to maintain its quality and freshness for longer periods of time.Lemon Tahini Sauce / Dressing

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Lemon Tahini Sauce / Dressing

Tahini Sauce Recipe

This easy lemon Tahini sauce or dressing features a delicious blend of the most essential flavors of the Middle East. You can use it for salads, as a dip alongside humus, in wraps, or any recipe where a tangy sauce would taste great. Our tangy sauce uses only fresh ingredients, which gives the dressing a refreshing flavor.

Ingredients

  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley
  • salt to taste
  • 3/4 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup water

Instructions

  1. First, crush the garlic. 
  2. Next, add the garlic, tahini paste, half of the parsley, and lime juice to the bowl of a food processor and blend. As it blends, it will thicken, so you will need to add a small amount of water and blend some more.
  3. You can keep blending and adding water in small amounts until the sauce reaches your desired consistency.

Notes

When making Tahini dressing, follow these simple tips and tricks for the best results:

  • Do not substitute fresh lemon with bottled juice, it won’t taste as fresh!
  • Sweeteners balance the sauce, so add a little bit to give the tangy Tahini dressing a bit of a sweetness
  • When mixing, add water to achieve desired consistency
  • For a rich finish, drizzle in just a touch of olive oil
  • Dress it up with fresh herbs

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About Soniya

Hello, I am Soniya, the cofounder of The Belly Rules The Mind.  Originally from Mumbai, India, I am settled in Virginia US with my husband.

I am a mother of 2 energetic boys, referred to as R2 (15-year-old) and R3 (10-year-old) on the blog. In case you are wondering who is R1, well that is my husband. 

My hubby and I were born in Mumbai, India, where we were spoiled by the wealth of food choices available to us. We could enjoy everything from yummy street food to multi-cuisine restaurants and we became very picky about what we like and what we don't. Read more

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