Ultimate tahini salad dressing

I love tahini, and for quite some time have been in search of the ultimate tahini salad dressing.

I tried various recipes, but none really hit the mark until I made a modification of this recipe.

Oh! So! Scrumptious!

This really is a delicious dressing, the new favourite for both myself and Mr Thrifty. I’ve made it with either fresh garlic, or fresh ginger, and each is as good as the other. Difficult to believe something with only four ingredients (five if you count water) could be so finger-lickin’ good.

The amount of water you add to thin the dressing will depend on the thickness of your tahini, and personal taste.

So toss yourself up a big crisp salad, and drizzle it on!



Course Dressings
Yield 1 /4 to 1/3 cup


  • 2 Tablespoons tahini
  • 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • water for thinning


  1. Mix together tahini, soy sauce, lemon juice and garlic until smooth and creamy.
  2. Add water until a salad dressing consistency is reached.


For soy-free & gluten-free version, substitute soy sauce with Bragg Aminos or Coconut Aminos.


* Use rice vinegar instead of lemon juice.

* Use 1/2 teaspoon fresh grated ginger instead of garlic.


  1. This looks soooooo tasty. I haven’t made any of my own dressings since I started eating a vegan diet, and I’ve wanted to. I have some tahini and simply must try this. Have you had this on falafel? I have a falafel mix that I bought and still haven’t made as I need to do some research for a great sauce for it. My experience has always been that falafel is a little dry.

  2. Hi Lori — the sauce I use for falafels is similar. You can find the recipe here. BTW, homemade falafels are moister than the ones made from a mix πŸ™‚

  3. Looks like a new salad dressing for the reataurant. Thanks

  4. Mary-Thayer Zadra

    If you’d like an Italian twist to this recipe use olive oil instead of water for a bit richer dressing. Can’t go wrong with a tahini salad dressing.

  5. Hi Mary — Thanks for the variation πŸ™‚ Coincidentally, I’ve made this dressing with sundried tomato oil instead of water and it was scrummy.

  6. Thank you for such a great recipe. We made it tonight and everyone loved it

  7. Hi Felicity,
    thanks for commenting on my blog, otherwise I wouldn’t have come across your gorgeous recipes. I must admit that I’ve never heard about tahini before, but it sounds delicious and I’ll try to find it in the delicatessen store…
    I think I might have another perfect salad dressing recipe for you here, but I need to translate it first. Straight onto my to do list πŸ˜€

  8. Thanks for posting this. I added freshly-grated ginger, too, and it is delicious!

  9. I used this dressing on cabbage, with a few carrots added. What a great vegan alternative to coleslaw with mayo. Loved it- can’t wait to taste it tomorrow after the flavors have had a chance to meld. Thanks for your ideas and your site. Good reading!

  10. Thanks for this awesome recipe! The first time I made it my husband ate it straight out of the bowl when we ran out of lettuce to put it on. I mix in a few spoonfuls of sour cream to help balance the flavor and a squirt of siracha sauce for some heat.

  11. Just made this today but added a dab of honey to sweeten it up. Love it, it’s so close to my favorite dressing from the local health food store! Thanks for posting. πŸ™‚

  12. Hi there, the photo of your website is so beautiful, it made me homesick! I am lBritish,iving in America and get homesick a lot, although my dauther says that England is not the same as it was in 1980 when I left.
    I wanted a Tahini dressing, since we are starting to live accordint do Dr. Joel Fuhrman who we saw a program on. We are now going really Vegetarian, and like you, I do like honey in my tea. So, I know that we eat a lot of Tahini in England, and so I ended up on your site. I will check out all your recipes when I get time. I can only use the ones for Vegetables ONLY. Nothing else, and fruit, of cours.
    Thanks for your wonderful site and all the good things you do to make us all understand how we have ruined our palate and got stuck into all that processed food. I feel sorry for my grandchildren, my son does not believe in veggies only and that Broccoli has more protein than a steak and he fills the girls with all kinds of junk. Oh well, the girls know when they come to Nanny’s and Grandpa’s, there is no “poison” on the menu.
    I will try the dressing tonight. Thanks! Cheerio and all that!!

  13. I used rice vinegar and tossed it in a salad of chopped romaine lettuce and chopped tomato and chopped cucumber with garbanzo beans. My 24 year old son’s favorite salad dressing now. Thanks!! Good one.

  14. Thank you – I didn’t have soy sauce so I used Coconut Aminos – delicious! I used the dressing on shredded cabbage – really fabulous.

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