One of our favorite ways to add tahini to our meals is as a base for salad dressings and sauces. We encourage you to add a tahini twist to your favorite go-to salad, wrap, or dip for bold new flavors and creamy, delightful textures. Its natural smoothness gives the illusion of a cream-based dressing for salads and dips without the dairy! In addition, in many cases, it’s the only fat content necessary so you won’t need oil.
We compiled a list of our 10 absolute favorite tahini dressings, ranging from our basic tahini sauce to spicy dips inspired by flavors from around the world to new takes on classics! Continue reading below to get your hands on these drizzly delicious creations.
This basic tahini sauce uses five simple, yet powerful ingredients for an essential base for dips, hummus, and of course, dressings. It is so versatile and easy to customize, giving you endless ways to add it to fresh or roasted vegetables, salads, falafel, pita bread. It can even be used as the base for the best hummus you will ever eat! The simple combination of nutty tahini with tangy garlic and citrus undertones will become your go-to pourable drizzle. No matter what toppings or inclusions you add to this sauce, we know it will elevate whatever you pair it with.
This Tahini Caesar Dressing will take a classic caesar salad to the next level. It is a delicious and nutritious alternative that uses no oil or cream, but will leave you in awe of the dreamy creaminess of tahini. Sharp parmesan and bright lemon and apple cider vinegar notes add unbelievable bursts of tangy flavor to every bite of salad, wrap, or bowl with this delightful dressing.
Add incredible flavor to all your favorite (and even your least favorite) veggies with this Tahini Goddess Dressing! Thanks to tahini’s texture, it’s whipped creaminess (without any dairy!) is one you can’t pass on. It is packed with popping flavors from zesty lime to earthy thyme, and of course mellow nutty tahini. Red wine vinegar adds that extra kick that brings this savory bursting-with-flavor dressing together. Impress your guests with an irresistibly creamy dressing or dip.
Pair this Miso Tahini Dressing with just about anything! Top off a deconstructed sushi bowl with this delicious umami sauce, or drizzle it over your favorite salad. Red miso paste brings complex and umami flavors to this full-bodied dressing that has blended notes of savory, tangy, nutty, and even sweet flavors. It’s perfect over a grain bowl to bring a punchy brightness to the bowl. We also love using it as a tasty dip for crunchy raw veggies.
Warm up your winter dinner table with this vegan and paleo-friendly Maple Tahini Dressing. This hearty combination of nourishing winter veggies and rich maple syrup dressing needs to join your recipe rotation during the colder months. However, the luscious combination of velvet-smooth tahini and sweet maple syrup or Soom Silan Date Syrup is so delicious you’ll find yourself craving these roasted flavors all year round.
Vinegar and soy sauce bring a vibrant zest to an exciting way to get your greens. Drizzle warm grilled lettuce with this slightly salty, buttery-smooth tahini dressing. An extra dose of sesame oil brings the subtle nuttiness to the forefront and Soom Silan Date Syrup brings out a hidden sweetness that combines perfectly with the grilled flavors of this dish.
Tahini is the mellow creamy match to balance and smooth the warm bite of turmeric and cayenne pepper. Nutritional yeast brings out the nutty flavors of tahini in a combination that creates a perfectly cheesy flavor. It’s so spot on, you just might forget this recipe is 100% vegan! This flavor-packed dressing will bring a bright pop of yellow color and even brighter pop of spicy heat to any salad or grain bowl. Plus the anti-inflammatory powers of turmeric and the health benefits of tahini give you an extra boost this cold season.
We use the term creamy to describe our tahini often. However, this dressing takes that natural creaminess to new levels, without any oils or overly processed ingredients. Using the nutritious dynamic duo of nutty smooth tahini and luscious avocados, these two healthy-fat superfoods combine to keep your body happy and nourished in the most delicious way! This velvety combination of avocado and faintly bitter tahini blended with bright bursts of herbs and lemon is the perfect finish for salads or wraps. Or be like us, and dive right in with crisp raw veggies!
This Curry Tahini Dressing uses only four plant-based ingredients to create a perfectly creamy, spicy, and tangy dressing that pairs with just about anything! This dressing bursts with deep earthy savory spices and bright peppy sweet spices from toasted curry powder. Finish this easy dressing with a garlic zing and balanced lemony acidity and enjoy the balance of creamy, spicy, and tanginess as a dressing, drizzle, or dip. If you want to add a sweeter edge to this rich dressing, we suggest adding a drizzle of silan.
This tahini ranch dressing is just as tasty and versatile as classic ranch, but with a slightly nutty edge. Just like the original, this dressing is bursting with fresh dill, black pepper, and garlic and goes great with pretty much anything. Just like our basic tahini sauce, this recipe needs ice water to thin out. It creates a perfectly pourable, tangy, creamy, and slightly nutty dressing you can use instead of its classic counterpart!
In conclusion, tahini is an incredible ingredient to add creamy nuttiness to salad dressings. Check out the plethora of dips, dressings, and sauces, to inspire the use of tahini to your salads, bowls, and more!
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