It’s okay to be basic, at least with our basic tahini sauce it is! Sometimes simple is best. This is especially true when a sauce is so versatile, you can use it for just about anything! Feel free to customize your sauce or dressing to bring your dish to life. Include more salt to enhance the overall flavor, more lemon juice for a sharper tang, or vinegar and oils if you’re looking for your new favorite vinaigrette. Or, whisk in, or mix in by using a blender, fresh herbs like parsley, cilantro, dill or chives to add herbaceous, fresh-tasting flavor.
This sauce can be added to fresh or roasted vegetables, salads, falafel, pita bread, or can be used as the base for the best hummus you will ever eat. No matter what toppings or inclusions you add to this sauce, we know it will elevate whatever you pair it with.
Get the steps to make the best base for your future tahini dips, dressings, and sauces.
- 3/4 cup Soom Tahini
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 lemon, juiced; plus more to taste
- 1/4 tsp kosher salt
- 1/2 cup ice-cold water, plus more if necessary
- 1/4 tsp cumin
- Marinate the garlic in the freshly-squeeze lemon juice for 10 minutes with half the salt. Garlic tends to have a harsh, pungent sharpness that might make the sauce too sharp and spicy. The acidity of lemon juice prevents the garlic from becoming too spicy. For an even deeper flavor, we suggest doing this step in a blender or a food processor. Blend on high for a few seconds and let the mixture stand for 10 minutes so that the garlic mellows.
- Pour the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer and discard the garlic chunks. This step ensures a perfectly smooth sauce and prevents the harsh taste of garlic from empowering the sauce.
- Add in the tahini and rest of the salt. At this time, although not required, you can add in cumin to round out the flavor of the sauce. Whisk together. The tahini will seize at this point.
- Add in ice-cold water tablespoon by tablespoon. The addition of the ice-cold water will loosen the sauce. Continue to whisk all ingredients together until desired consistency has been reached.
- Adjust taste if necessary. In case you feel that the sauce is lacking, add in additional lemon juice, salt, or other spices to give the sauce that flavor you’re looking for.
- Store in the fridge for up to 1 week. When you take it out of the fridge, be sure to add more water or lemon juice to thin in. Add a little salt if necessary to bring out the flavors.