Lemon Tahini Dressing

Lemon Tahini Dressing

Lemon Tahini Dressing

Here’s a simple dressing that uses tahini for a creamy, velvety taste. This dressing is great on a salad, drizzled over steamed or roasted vegetables, or in a macro bowl (click here to see the MVW recipe).

The inspiration for this dressing comes from a vegan restaurant in New York City that I visited in the 1990s. The restaurant has since closed, but I remember their dressing vividly. They put a bowl of it on every table.

To replicate the taste of the dressing from the restaurant, I spent a lot of time testing the ingredients. I think I got it perfectly.

Broccoli with Lemon Tahini Dressing

This dressing has only six ingredients—but complex flavors. The tahini provides a creamy base and a nutty flavor. The lemon has brightness and acidity, the soy sauce adds salt, the agave syrup lends a bit of sweetness, and the garlic and pepper give a spicy kick.

Lemon Tahini Dressing


  • 2 tablespoons tahini (sesame-seed puree)
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons agave syrup
  • 1/2 clove garlic, minced
  • Fresh pepper


  1. Whisk together all ingredients until creamy. Easy!

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  1. One of my favs!!! Great tahini dressing... Sometimes I use a sweetener, but it’s also good with fresh carrots “blendered” into the dressing...

    • Steven Reichert

      Glad you like it Jim! I don’t usually use sweeteners, but I think the tahini needs a bit of sweetness to balance it out as a dressing. I like your carrot idea--I’ll try it! I bet you get good color from the carrot too.

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