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 down to the recipe card for the detailed instructions. But basically, you mix the ingredients in a bowl, by hand, then refrigerate. You can make it 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 it 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 this a healthy recipe?
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.