Tahini Sauce

This tahini sauce is a quick condiment to serve with Middle Eastern food or as a fresh, unusual salad dressing.
Tahini being poured into a small bowl.

What is tahini?

Tahini sauce is a lovely, sesame-based condiment that’s been used in Middle Eastern cooking for over 4000 years. That’s probably because it’s so delicious. Tahini is also an easy ingredient to find at the grocery store. It’s a primary ingredient in hummus and other dips. However, its thick, peanut butter-like consistency makes it difficult to pour. It’s usually the main ingredient in a sauce instead of being served plain as a condiment. 

This tahini sauce is an easy last-minute addition to dinner.

I developed this recipe because it’s an easy way to compliment foods like falafel and kebabs without overwhelming them. For instance, it goes well with our Tangy Red Lamb Kebabs. You can pour this over your favorite Middle Eastern meats and sides, or even use it as a salad dressing.

It comes together in just a couple of minutes with little effort (the best part). I still recommend keeping some tahini sauce in the fridge in case of falafel cravings. However, if you think of it ahead of time let it come to room temperature before serving.

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Tahini sauce in a small bowl, garnished with parsley.

Tahini Sauce

  • Author: Spice (Kate)
  • Category: condiment
  • Method: cold prep
  • Cuisine: Middle Eastern
  • Diet: Vegan


When you’re looking for a quick condiment to serve with Middle Eastern food or a fresh, unusual salad dressing, whip this up and enjoy.



1/2 cup tahini

1/4 cup lemon juice

1/4 cup water

1 tablespoon honey

1/2 teaspoon salt


Put all the ingredients in a jar and shake well or in a small mixing bowl and whisk vigorously.

Keywords: condiment, sauce, salad dressing, tahini, sesame

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