Easy Lemon Tahini Sauce

This easy lemon tahini sauce is made with just two ingredients, and is the perfect accompaniment to grilled vegetables, chicken, meat, seafood, or greens. Naturally vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, and Whole30 compliant.

EASY Lemon Tahini Sauce made with just two ingredients! Use on grilled vegetables, chicken, meat, seafood, or thin it down and use a simple salad dressing.

If I’ve learned anything from my time spent in the kitchen, it’s that one should never underestimate the power of a good sauce. A good sauce can make or break a dish. A good sauce can turn even the most basic dishes from good to fabulous with very little extra effort.

This easy lemon tahini sauce is one of those types of sauces. It uses just two ingredients and it can be customized and tweaked in so many ways (several of which I share below!). Despite being simple in concept, this tahini sauce is so creamy and flavorful.

It works fabulously on vegetables (zucchini, eggplant, bell peppers, cauliflower, etc.) and is also amazing drizzled on grilled or roasted chicken, seafood, lamb, or beef. When thick, it makes a delicious tahini dip that can be used for any number of purposes (vegetables, crackers, etc.). You can even thin it down and use it as a simple salad dressing.

Pure tahini paste (ground sesame seed paste) has become one my go-to kitchen staples in the past few years. It is a staple of Middle Eastern cuisine – most commonly associated with hummus – and I always keep a jar of it in my refrigerator. I love it! Any store-bought pure tahini paste will work in this recipe, but I have a particular infatuation with this brand.

Versions of this tahini sauce have appeared in a handful of recipes (this chicken bulgur bowl jumps to mind!), but I felt that it necessitated it’s own post. This way you can easily find it on the blog and turn to it time and time again.

EASY Lemon Tahini Sauce made with just two ingredients! Use on grilled vegetables, chicken, meat, seafood, or thin it down and use a simple salad dressing.

It bears repeating that this lemon tahini sauce is so simple that it barely necessitates a recipe. I provided one all the same, because sometimes it is nice to have basic proportions when first experimenting with anything. After you’ve made this once, you’ll be able to eyeball the proportions and make it on a whim at anytime. I love those types of recipes!

This simple tahini sauce can be prepared in a small bowl with just a whisk or spoon. No need for a blender or food processor. You’ll need pure tahini paste, freshly squeezed lemon juice, water, salt, and freshly ground pepper. That’s it!

Depending on the flavor that you’re trying to achieve or herbs that you have on hand, customize or tweak it with my favorite optional additions:

  • 1 small pressed garlic clove
  • very finely chopped flat leaf parsley, cilantro, dill, or mint
  • sprinkling of za’atar spice blend or sumac

In a pinch, Trader Joe’s sells a very similar, yet thicker tahini sauce that can be substituted for this. However, I prefer the fresher flavor of homemade! I’ll be sharing a recipe utilizing this sauce later this week – look out for it soon!

P.S. I’ve been turning to this sauce time and time again during my Whole30 challenge.

Easy Lemon Tahini Sauce

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Ingredients:

Optional Additions:

  • 1 small garlic clove, pressed
  • very finely chopped flat leaf parsley, cilantro, dill, or mint
  • za’atar spice blend or ground sumac

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the tahini paste and lemon juice. It will be become thick. Slowly whisk in the water until the sauce can drizzle from a spoon. Add the salt and pepper, and adjust for taste if necessary. If the sauce is too thick, add another teaspoon or so of water as needed. Stir in any optional additions, if using.
  2. Leftover sauce can be placed in a covered container and refrigerated for up to a week. The dressing will thicken in the refrigerator. Add a touch of water to thin it down if necessary, and adjust seasonings to taste.
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Tips For Success:

  • When using a fresh jar of tahini sauce, be sure to stir it well with a knife as it has a tendency to settle at the bottom of the jar.
  • This tahini sauce goes well with so many things! Drizzle on roasted or grilled vegetables, seafood, chicken, meat, or thin it down and use it as a simple salad dressing.
  • Reduce the water to make a thick dip. Increase the water amount to turn it into a light salad dressing.

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