This CREAMY, HEALTHY, and EASY-to-make tahini sauce will spice up your Whole 30 journey this January. this paleo tahini dressing is so versatile and You can put it on just about anything and it will elevate any of your favorite dishes.
I love tahini! I discovered it fairly recently and let me tell you, it has improved so many of my meals lately.
Tahini is a seed butter made from ground sesame seeds. It is super versatile and can be used for a wide variety of recipes.
Benefits of Tahini
Tahini or tahini dressing is easy to be found in most grocery stores these days and it’s also fairly cheap.
And the best part (besides that it is so delicious) is 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 a good kind of fat!
You can read more about tahinis health benefits here: MindbodyGreen
How to make Tahini Dressing
This tahini dressing is seriously addictive. I could add it on top of just about anything. And it is super easy to make.
All you need is to pulse everything in a food processor until smooth. Then boom, you have the most delicious healthy dressing in 3 minutes.
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…
Tahini dressing to your flavor Preference
Everyone has a different taste preference and I have a few tips for you to make this delicious 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. 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.
easy to adjust the 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 the 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 liquid for the result to be more of a dipping texture. You can create a healthy snack and appetizer with some raw or roasted veggies, crackers, or pita chips to dip in this creamy tahini sauce.
Last but not least, you can customize this dressing by using your preferred liquid.
Trying to be simple? Use filtered water to make this delicious tahini dressing. If you’ve got richer taste buds and want to pack more flavors into this healthy dressing, I highly recommend using bone broth or nut milk. It certainly elevates the flavor to another level.
How to use the Tahini Dressing
Like I said, this paleo and vegan tahini dressing can be used in so many different ways!
Use it as a salad dressing, spread it on crackers, dip carrots and celery in it, or dip your sweet potato fries in it!
But my favorite way to use it might be to drizzle a little tahini dressing on top of oven-roasted carrots! It elevates the flavor to a whole different level.
I could eat a batch of soft and tender roasted carrots with some tahini on top as a side dish, or honestly as dessert as well!
- 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
- Scrape the processor wall a few times to make sure all the ingredients are fully blended
- ENJOY it 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 for freshness
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.