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Tahini Sauce

This easy lemon tahini sauce is made with just 3 ingredients (plus salt + water) and pairs perfectly with fresh, grilled, steamed, or roasted vegetables!

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Tahini sauce is a popular creamy condiment in Middle Eastern cuisine made from ground hulled sesame seed paste, lemon juice, salt, and sometimes a warm spice such as cumin for savoriness.

This classic tahini-based sauce is easy to make and one of my favorite go-to sauces for veggies, Buddha Bowls, Green Salad, Whole Roasted Cauliflower, veggie wraps, and more!

Why We Love This Recipe!

  • It’s smooth and creamy and has a perfect balance of flavors, making it a delicious recipe to put on repeat!
  • Tahini sauce can be customized as a dip, spread, or sauce. It isn’t just for Mediterranean flavors and can be adjusted for all types of cuisines!
  • It’s super healthy and contains a good amount of calcium, omega 3 + 6, and essential vitamins and minerals. Plus, it’s dairy, nut, and oil-free!

Get ready to put this creamy sauce on just about anything!

top down view of ingredients used to make the best tahini sauce.

Ingredient Notes

Here is everything you’ll need to make the simple base recipe. For customizing with spices or herbs, see the tip section below.

  • Tahini: You can use store-bought, which is available in the nut butter section at your local grocery store, or you can make it at home with my easy homemade tahini recipe.
  • Lemon: Fresh lemons are best, adding brightness and zing. If you are in a pinch and need to use bottled lemon juice, be sure it’s of good quality and not expired. Some bottled lemon juice contains preservatives that tend to overpower the lemon flavor.
  • Garlic powder: I find 1/2 teaspoon is fine, but 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons can be used for a nice boost of garlic flavor.
  • Salt: Just a pinch to enhance all the flavors.

top down view showing the process of making easy tahini sauce with lemon.

How To Make Tahini Sauce

Making tahini sauce is as easy as can be!

Here is a quick overview of the steps, along with tips for customizing with spices and herbs.

  • Whisk together the tahini, lemon juice, garlic powder, and salt in a small bowl or 2-cup measuring cup.
  • Adjust the sauce’s thickness by adding water a little at a time as needed. Some tahini brands may be thicker than others, so more water may be necessary.
  • Taste for flavor, adding extra lemon, garlic powder, or salt.
  • Let the sauce rest for 10 minutes so the flavors can mingle and combine.

It’s that easy!

Now you’re ready to drizzle, dip, or spread!

Top Tips

  • Make it spicy. Add sriracha or red pepper flakes for a punch of spiciness. Start with a small amount and work your way up to taste.
  • Add fresh herbs. For a herb tahini sauce, add 2 tablespoons of chopped parsley or chives. Even 2 teaspoons of dill would add a nice flavor.
  • Add spices. Cumin and turmeric would pair well with this recipe, using just a little bit. Turmeric will add a golden yellow color, and both will add a hint of flavor.
  • Change up the citrus. In place of lemon, try using orange or lime juice!

top down view of spoonful of tahini sauce over small serving bowl.

How to Store

Refrigerator: Leftover sauce can be stored in the refrigerator for 6 – 7 days. Give it a good stir before using. Upon chilling, the sauce may have thickened, so you may need to add a little water to thin it. Just start with very little.

Freezer: If making a larger batch, store leftover portions in the freezer for up to 2 – 3 months. To freeze, store in ziplock bags or freezer-safe containers, leaving 1/2-inch of headspace for expansion. Let thaw in the refrigerator. If the sauce thickens up, stir in a little water to thin it.

top down view of tahini sauce on a platter surrounded by vegetables.

Serving Suggestions

Tahini sauce isn’t just for Middle Eastern cuisine and can be used for so much more. Here are a few of my favorite ways to use this versatile, creamy sauce:

side angle view of spoonful of tahini sauce spilling into a small bowl.

More Easy Dip Recipes!

If you try this easy tahini recipe or have a question, please let me know! Leave a comment and rate it below. I love to hear what you think, or any changes you make.


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This easy lemon tahini sauce pairs perfectly with fresh, grilled, steamed, or roasted vegetables! Can easily be customized with added spices or herbs and used a dip, sauce, or dressing.

  • Author: Julie | The Simple Veganista
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 8
  • Category: Condiment
  • Method: mix
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean
  • Diet: Vegan


Units Scale
  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice, about 1 large juicy lemon
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • generous pinch of salt, or to taste
  • 24 tablespoons water, as needed

optional add-ins (use 1, or any combo you like):

  • 1/81/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/21 teaspoon sriracha or red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley, cilantro, or chives


In a small bowl, whisk together the tahini, lemon, garlic powder, salt, and optional ingredients. Add water 1 tablespoon at a time as needed to thin. Taste for flavor.

Makes about 1 cup.

Serves 8, 2 tablespoons per serving.

Store: Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 6 – 7 days. Give a good stir before using.


If sauce is too thin, add a little more tahini to thicken.

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One Comment

  1. Very good for salad dressing as well. I use 2-3 cloves of garlic instead of the powder. That requires an additional step of blending and more of a mess. In a pinch the powder version is faster and still great.

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