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tahini sauce in a jar with lemons on the side

Tahini Sauce

Tahini sauce is super easy to make and healthy, and there are many ways to use it. The perfect vegan sauce for falafel, salads, cut veggies, or eaten by the spoonful.
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Course: Dip
Cuisine: Israeli, Middle Eastern
Keyword: Israeli recipes
Servings: 1.5 cups



  • 1 cup (240 ml) tahini paste (raw tahini)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder (I like to use powder, but you can use 1-2 fresh garlic cloves, crushed)
  • 1-2 tablespoons (15-30ml) fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2-1 cup ice cold water
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley leaves optional


  • In a medium bowl, pour ½ cup of cold water.
  • Add garlic powder, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, salt, and mix.
  • Add the tahini. Using a whisk or a fork, mix until thoroughly blended. Taste and add salt, lemon, and garlic powder, if needed.
  • Slowly add more water, 2 tablespoons at a time, whisking after each addition until smooth.
  • Keep adding water slowly until the sauce can drizzle from a spoon.
  • Transfer the tahini to a serving bowl, and if you like stir in fresh chopped parsley.

Tips and Tricks:

  • Stir well before using the tahini paste, as oil tends to separate.
  • Generally, tahini sauce should have a runny, salad dressing-like consistency. But, if you prefer tahini more as a dip, simply use less water.
  • Keep refrigerated for up to a week; water might need to be added before serving.

Ways to use tahini:

  • *Dip for raw veggies
    *Dip for Challa/pita bread
    *Spread it on toast or inside a pita
    *Drizzle on falafel
    *Dress your salad or stir fry
    *Garnish a bowl of hummus