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This lemon tahini dressing recipe is clean, healthy and filled with deliciousness!
I’m always on the lookout for a good salad dressing. And while I’ve found a small handful that are both clean and tasty at the grocery store, they always seem to be lacking when compared to homemade dressing. So I find myself always trying to come up with different salad dressings that will pair nicely with different vegetables, either as a dressing or a dip.
This lemon tahini dressing is tasty and has a little of that “sweet and savory” thing going on. It has a great balance of flavor for most green salads or individual veggies.
I often offer tahini dressing when friends or family come over and it always sparks a conversation. Here are some of the questions I’ve gotten in the past that you might be wondering too:
WHAT IS TAHINI?
Tahini is a sauce or condiment-type food that is made from roasted sesame seeds. Most people will recognize the flavor from a good hummus recipe, but it’s used in many dishes, particularly middle eastern dishes where things like hummus and tahini originate from.
WHERE CAN I FIND TAHINI?
Tahini is often found at your local grocery store. It’s in the ethnic aisle or, in some stores, in with the jams and peanut butters. If your local store doesn’t carry it, try looking at a nearby health food store or even ordering it from Amazon (link below). If tahini is super pricy in your area, you can try making your own at home. This youtube video shows you how.
HOW DO YOU USE TAHINI?
As mentioned above, it’s most often used in dishes like hummus or baba ghanoush. But it is definitely also a stand-alone condiment, particularly when mixed with a few other ingredients to bring out its delicious flavor.
WHAT DOES TAHINI SAUCE TASTE LIKE?
Despite the fact that it’s made from sesame seeds, the sesame flavor isn’t completely overwhelming. Much like peanut butter, it’s a thicker substance that has an earthy and sometimes just slightly bitter flavor.
HOW LONG DOES TAHINI DRESSING LAST IN THE FRIDGE?
Like most homemade dressings without preservatives, lemon tahini dressing will last you approximately 5 days in the fridge.
WHAT CAN I USE IN PLACE OF TAHINI? WHAT’S A GOOD TAHINI SUBSTITUTE?
In theory, any nut butter will substitute for tahini where texture is concerned. However, there really is no substitute for the sesame flavor. So it will depend heavily on the recipe and the final flavor you hope to achieve.
Some folks will refer to tahini as, “tahini paste”. It’s the same thing. Usually, when they call it tahini paste, they are referring to the unaltered tahini with nothing added (the way you would buy it at the store).
SALAD WITH TAHINI DRESSING
If you’re wondering what types of salads will pair well with tahini dressing, you aren’t alone. Especially if you’ve never had tahini dressing before! Here are some ideas:
- A plain green salad.
- A mixed vegetable salad with peppers, cucumbers, carrots and pretty much any other veggie you enjoy putting on a green salad.
- Dip your veggies instead! If you don’t want to make a salad, cut the water in half to make a thicker dressing and dip your veggies instead!
YOU MIGHT ALSO ENJOY THESE CLEAN EATING RECIPES USING TAHINI:
LEMON TAHINI DRESSING RECIPE:
Lemon Tahini Dressing
- 1 cup tahini
- 1 cup water
- ½ cup lemon juice
- ½ cup maple syrup
- 2 tsp. garlic powder
- ½ tsp. salt
- Whisk all ingredients together in a medium mixing bowl.
- Transfer to a storage bottle or container and keep in the fridge for up to 5 days (expiration can vary a bit).