This easy Lemon Tahini Sauce is a rich, creamy, and nut-free sauce. This healthy sauce is a perfect addition to vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free diets. Use it as a salad dressing, as a spread on sandwiches and wraps, or as a sauce for falafel.

Lemon tahini sauce in a small jar

This Mediterranean sauce is now popular all over the world. It packs a punch in its flavor and is a simple sauce that comes together quickly with pantry ingredients.

The base for this sauce is a tahini paste made with just 2 ingredients – sesame seeds and oil. For the tahini sauce, we add lemon, garlic, maple or agave, cumin powder, and salt.

It is a versatile sauce that can be used as a tahini dip for veggies. Drizzle it over salad bowls or Buddha bowls, or air-fried vegetables.

This sauce has become a favorite with my family. The kids love to dip roasted veggies such as broccoli and cauliflower in it, and also falafel.

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What is Tahini Sauce?

Tahini is a common ingredient used in hummus and baba ganoush.

It is made with toasted sesame seeds and oil. The toasted sesame seeds are ground to a fine paste just like almond butter or any other nut butter.

You can make tahini paste from scratch at home too. Check out my easy homemade tahini recipe to make the paste at home. If you can’t make it at home, you can buy the Tahini paste. I like the one at Trader Joes the best.

Tahini sauce is the slightly runny version of the tahini paste with additional seasonings. It might sound a little bit confusing, but the tahini paste is used to make the sauce. Tahini is naturally vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free.

maple tahini sauce in a bowl

Ingredients

This lemon tahini sauce needs only a few ingredients that are available in your pantry.

Tahini paste: This recipe’s main ingredient is Tahini so you can use homemade tahini paste, or you can get store brands such as Trader Joe’s.

Lemon juice: Fresh lemon juice will work best for this tahini sauce

Garlic: It adds that zing to this sauce. Finely mince or grate it to add it to the sauce. I usually mince the garlic while prepping this lemon tahini sauce.

Cumin powder: Spoon it in to sharpen the nutty, earthy flavor.

Salt: To bring the flavors together

Water: This recipe requires only a few spoons of water. Add 1-2 tablespoons at a time. You can leave this sauce thicker to use as a spread or make it thinner to get a drizzle consistency for salads.

Ingredients to make lemon tahini sauce

How to Make?

  • Add all the ingredients to a medium bowl and gently whisk to combine.
  • Add water one tablespoon at a time till the sauce becomes creamy and pourable.
steps to make lemon tahini sauce in a bowl
  • Taste and adjust salt as needed.
whisking lemon tahini sauce in a bowl

Now your Lemon Tahini Sauce is ready to enjoy.

lemon tahini dressing in a small airtight container

Drizzle it on salads or crunchy veggies, spread it on pita bread, and enjoy.

dipping falafel in lemon tahini sauce

Pro-Tips

There is no need for a blender or food processor to whip up this sauce. But if you want a very smooth texture, you can use an immersion blender.

In case you are adding any herbs like cilantro, you can use a food processor to finely grind and blend the sauce.

How to Use?

This lemon tahini sauce can be used in many ways:

  • As a dip for air-fryer vegetables like cauliflower, broccoli, beets, pumpkin and carrots.
  • Use it as a topping for grilled burgers or shawarma.
  • As a dressing for salads or Buddha bowls
  • Dip for vegetables, crackers, pizza, or falafel
Roasted pumpkin with a drizzle of lemon tahini sauce

How to Store?

You can store this sauce in the refrigerator for at least a week. Use a clean and dry glass container to store the sauce.

Variations

You can make any variations of this sauce, such as:

  • Adding finely chopped cilantro or parsley to make it a lemon herb tahini sauce. 
  • Add ground spices like cinnamon or turmeric to make turmeric lemon herb sauce.
Lemon Garlic Tahini sauce in a jar

Common Questions

Is lemon tahini sauce anti-inflammatory?

This lemon tahini sauce is a great source of antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties as well as vitamins and minerals.

What does lemon tahini taste like?

It is a bit like your regular peanut butter with a slightly bitter taste that is well balanced by the tangy taste of the lemon juice and the sweetness of maple syrup.

Why is my tahini sauce bitter?

Tahini sauce will always have a slightly bitter taste. But, if it is excessive, it might be due to the over or under-roasting of hulled sesame seeds. If you bought tahini from the store, then check the expiration date.

Can you freeze tahini sauce?

Yes, you can freeze tahini sauce in a glass container, but ensure it has the space to expand when frozen. Freeze the sauce in a half or 3/4th filled glass container. You can also freeze tahini in freezer-friendly bags for later use.

I hope you enjoy this amazing lemon tahini sauce. Do share how it turns out in the comments!

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Easy Lemon Tahini Sauce

This easy Lemon Tahini Sauce is a rich, creamy and nut-free sauce. This healthy sauce is a perfect addition to vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free diets. Use it as a salad dressing, or as a spread on sandwiches and wraps, or as a sauce for falafel.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients 

  • 4 tablespoon Tahini paste
  • 2 tablespoon Lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Maple syrup, or agave
  • 2 cloves Garlic , minced or grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cumin powder
  • 3-4 tablespoon Water
  • Salt , add to taste

Instructions 

  • To a medium bowl, add the tahini paste, lemon juice, maple syrup, minced garlic and cumin powder.
  • Whisk to combine. Add water one tablespoon at a time until the sauce is creamy and pourable.
  • Taste and adjust salt as needed.
  • Lemon Tahini Sauce is ready to enjoy. It can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week.

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Notes

Tahini: Tahini usually clumps together when stored, so you will need to stir ir well before using. The taste of tahini can vary depending on the brand. Taste and adjust seasoning or maple syrup as needed. 
Lemon Herb Tahini Sauce: Add finely chopped cilantro or parsley to make it a lemon herb tahini sauce. 
Uses: This works great to top on falafel, grilled chicken or veggies. Thin it down a little to use as a simple vegan salad dressing or dip. 

Nutrition

Calories: 98kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 3gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 7mgPotassium: 91mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 14IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 29mgIron: 1mg

Additional Info

Course: Salad
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Diet: Gluten-free, Vegan
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About Meeta

I strongly believe that each one of us has a chef inside us, we just need to explore the ingredients and create great food. My passion is to share easy, healthy, and wholesome recipes made using Instant Pot & Air Fryer, that are well tested, so you can cook with confidence.

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