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A jar with spicy tahini dressing next to a lemon cut in half

Spicy Tahini Dressing

  • Author: Vicky & Ruth
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1/4 cups 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


This Tahini dressing has a spicy kick! It pairs perfectly with your favorite salads, grain bowls, burrito bowls, or roasted vegetables and it also tastes delicious as a dip for fresh vegetables or sourdough bread.


  • ½ cup + 2 tbsp tahini ( see note 2)
  • ¼ cup + 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ¼ cup + 2 tbsp water
  • ½ tsp salt (or to taste)
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar or rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 -1 tsp spicy green dragon sauce, or any other hot sauce (optional)


  1. To prepare the dressing, whisk together tahini and lemon juice ( the mix will thicken).
  2. Slowly whisk in water and salt, until well incorporated. Add vinegar, maple syrup, and green dragon sauce (if using) and mix well. (see note 2)  
  3. Refrigerate until ready to use ( see note 1)


  1. The dressing can be kept in the fridge for up to a week.  If the dressing thickens too much in the fridge, just add a little water to loosen it.
  2. If you are using the bottom of a jar of tahini where the tahini is thicker, it will be easier to use your blender or food processor to make the tahini dressing.
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Category: salad dressing
  • Method: raw
  • Cuisine: Middle Eastern


  • Serving Size: 2 tablespoons
  • Calories: 78
  • Sugar: 1.4
  • Sodium: 120
  • Fat: 6.4
  • Saturated Fat: .9
  • Unsaturated Fat: 5.5
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 4.4
  • Fiber: .6
  • Protein: 2.1
  • Cholesterol: 0

Keywords: gluten-free, kosher,

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