An easy recipe for tasty homemade tahini sauce. Simply mix everything in a bowl, then serve, or refrigerate and use later. Wonderful with fresh cut vegetables!
Tahini sauce is a delicious Middle Eastern sauce, made from tahini paste, garlic and lemon juice. As a kid in Israel, I loved sopping up homemade tahini sauce with fresh pita bread. Alas, I can no longer safely eat pita bread (or any bread for that matter). But the warm, flavorful memories remain.
How do you make homemade tahini sauce?
This is a truly easy recipe. Scroll don for the recipe card. But basically you mix the ingredients in a bowl, by hand, then refrigerate. You can make the tahini sauce as thin or as thick as you like, depending on how much water you add.
How to serve tahini sauce?
Traditionally, it’s served as a flavorful topping for meat and cooked vegetables. But it’s also great as a dip for raw vegetables. I often serve tahini sauce as a topping for lamb burgers. And I also like to serve it with fresh cut vegetables.
If you add some extra water, you can turn it into a tasty and healthy salad dressing. It’s much better than any commercial salad dressing and – in my opinion – better than a simple vinaigrette.
Is tahini sauce healthy?
I believe it is. Made of ground sesame seeds, tahini (sesame butter) is mostly good, healthy fat, with a small amount of carbs and protein. The remaining ingredients in this recipe – olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and parsley – are all very healthy.
How long can you keep homemade tahini sauce?
You can keep it in the fridge, in an airtight container, for about 5 days. Sometimes I keep it for a full week and it’s fine. But 5 days is safer.
- 1/2 cup tahini (sesame seed paste)
- 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 6 tablespoons water
- 2 tablespoons parsley, finely chopped
- Place the tahini, garlic, salt, olive oil, lemon juice and water in a medium bowl. Whisk with a hand whisk until smooth.
- Use a rubber spatula to mix in the parsley.
- Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Stir again before serving, and add more water if the sauce has thickened in the fridge, a tablepsoon at a time until it reaches your desired consistency.
- Tahini sauce keeps in the fridge for up to 5 days.