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Lemon Tahini Dressing

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Years ago when I lived in New York City, I often visited a small cafe and would order a salad with this dressing. It was a long, long time ago, no internet so I had to figure out what was in the Lemon Tahini Dressing by trial and error. The tahini and lemon get a good dose of garlic and cayenne to spice it up a little. Or you can leave out the spice all together and just have a smooth mix of tahini and lemon.

It’s fairly simple as all dressings should be. Only 5 ingredients plus water!

  • tahini
  • lemon
  • olive oil
  • garlic
  • salt & pepper

Tahini is a condiment made from toasted ground hulled sesame seeds. Tahini is often used in the cuisines of the Eastern Mediterraneanas well as parts of North Africa. It has a distinctive slightly bitter flavor which is tempered by the lemon and garlic.

You could make this in a mixing bowl but my preference is to make it in a blender or food processor because it becomes very smooth and creamy.

Though not exactly a vinaigrette, this is another versatile dressing for salads, steamed vegetables or a rice bowl filled with roasted vegetables such as sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts, beets, etc. The Lemon Tahini Dressing would taste great on Grilled Chicken and Vegetables as well.

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Lemon Tahini Dressing

  • Author: Lisa @ My Studio Kitchen


A great dressing/condiment for salads, roasted vegetables or even chicken.


  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Juice from 1 lemon or lime
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 cup water


  1. Place all ingredients into bowl of blender or food processor and blitz for 10 seconds. If the dressing is too thick, you can add water by the spoonful or add additional olive oil.

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