This CREAMY, HEALTHY, and EASY-to-make lemon tahini sauce will spice up your Whole 30 journey this January. the paleo tahini dressing is so versatile and delicious on just about anything. it will elevate any of your favorite dishes. This dressing is vegan, keto, paleo, gluten-free, and whole30.
I love tahini! I discovered it fairly recently and let me tell you, it has improved so many of my meals lately. And right now, I’m obsessed with this Lemon Tahini Sauce.
This paleo tahini dressing is so versatile and you can put it on just about anything and it will elevate all your favorite dishes.
It’s refreshing with the lemon and has a kick from the garlic and cumin and pairs perfectly with salads, roasted veggies, chicken, and crispy potatoes.
And it’s so easy to make and only requires 6 ingredients.
Trust me, you have to try this recipe!
health Benefits of Tahini
Tahini is a seed butter made from ground sesame seeds. It is super versatile and can be used for a wide variety of recipes, both sweet and savory.
It kind of has a peanut butter flavor to it, and if you know me, you know how much I love peanut butter!
Tahini is easy to be found in most grocery stores these days and it’s also fairly cheap. trader Joes even has an organic one.
And the best part is (besides that it is so delicious) that tahini has lots of health benefits.
- It’s rich in minerals such as calcium, lecithin, magnesium, potassium, and iron.
- Tahini is a good source of Methionine, which aids in liver detoxification.
- It’s high in vitamin E and vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, and B15.
- Tahini helps with healthy skin and muscle tone.
- It contains 20% complete protein, making it a higher protein source than most nuts.
- Sesame seeds are high in unsaturated fat, which is the good kind of fat!
- Tahini is gluten-free, grain-free, vegan, paleo, and keto-friendly.
You can read more about tahinis health benefits here.
Ingredients in Lemon Tahini Sauce
This delicous lemon tahini sauce is made with a few healthy and easily accessible ingredients that are vegan, keto, paleo, gluten-free, and Whole30-approved.
All you need is:
- Olive oil
- Lemon juice
- Liquid of choice
- Garlic (optional)
HOW TO MAKE TAHINI DRESSING
This lemon tahini dressing is seriously addictive. I could add it on top of just about anything. And it is super easy to make in a few simple steps.
Start with adding tahini, olive oil, freshly squeezed lemon juice, cumin, salt, pepper, and garlic to a food processor.
Then, pulse until smooth.
Now, add your liquid of chioce until preffered texture is reached. Add more liquide for a thin dressing and less or no liquide for a creamy dipping sauce.
And don’t worry if you don’t have a high-speed blender. You will achieve a creamy and smooth texture in just about any blender since the tahini itself is already a super creamy seed butter.
However, you do need to make sure that the raw garlic is fully blended. It isn’t fun to chew on a mouthful of that…
lemon Tahini dressing to your flavor Preference
Everyone has a different taste preference and I have a few tips for you to make this delicious Whole30 lemon tahini dressing to your preferred flavor and consistency.
First of all, if you are not a big fan or sensitive to garlic, I totally get it. You can replace the raw garlic with 1 teaspoon of garlic powder or just simply eliminate it.
On the other hand, for the garlic fans out there, feel free to use 2 cloves instead of one.
There are so many benefits of garlic and growing up in China, garlic is one of the cooking essentials in my household.
In Chinese medicine, garlic is known to improve longevity and help combat the common cold. It can also reduce cholesterol and improve bone health. If you are interested in finding out more about the healthy benefits of garlic, read more here.
The same goes for salt, pepper, and cumin. Adjust to your liking.
easy to adjust the Whole30 Tahini sauce texture
This healthy Paleo tahini dressing can be made in so many different variations. It all depends on your taste buds and how you are going to use it.
One way to customize this tahini dressing is with its consistency.
To make this gluten-free dressing more liquidy, like a salad dressing consistency, you can add a little more liquid.
And vice versa.
Feel free to reduce the amount, or omit all together, of liquid for the result to be more like a creamy dipping texture. Perfect with some raw or roasted veggies, crackers, or pita chips to dip in this creamy tahini sauce for a healthy snack or appetizer.
Last but not least, you can customize this dressing by using your preferred liquid.
Simply use filtered water to make this delicious tahini dressing thin. Milk or nut milk, to keep this recipe vegan, is also a good alternative. Thining it out is perfect when making this into a salad dressing.
If you’ve got richer taste buds and want to pack more flavors into this healthy dressing, I highly recommend using bone broth. It certainly elevates the flavor to another level.
How to serve the Tahini Dressing
Like I said, this paleo and vegan lemon tahini sauce can be used in so many different ways!
- Use it as a salad dressing for your favorite salad
- Spread the tahini sauce on crackers
- Make it tick and creamy and dip carrots and celery in it. Or air fryer sweet potato fries!
- Drizzle over these Crispy Bacon Brussle Sprouts.
But my favorite way to use this Lemon Tahini Sauce is to drizzle it on oven-roasted carrots! The rich and zezty dressing elevates the sweet carrots to a whole different level!
How are you plannig to use this Whole30 Lemon Tahini Sauce? Leave me a comment below!
More ideas for dips and sauces:
- 1/4 cup tahini
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- juice from 1/2 a lemon
- 1 tsp cumin
- salt, pepper (to taste)
- liquid of choice (see notes above)
- 1 clove of garlic (optional)
- Pulse all the ingredients in a food processor until well combined.
- Scrape the processor wall a few times to make sure all the ingredients are fully blended.
- ENJOY with your favorite veggies, crackers or use it as a salad dressing
Store in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 379Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 25gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 379mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 3gSugar: 15gProtein: 6g
The Nutrition Facts above are specific to the ingredients I chose to use for this recipe, which may vary.