Tahni Dressing
Recipe courtesy of Amy Stevenson for Food Network Kitchen

Tahini Dressing

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 5 min
  • Active: 5 min
  • Yield: about 1 cup
The potent combination of tahini, garlic and lemon that is so beloved throughout the Mediterranean and Middle East also makes a fantastic salad dressing when sweetened with a touch of honey. But no need to stop there — the creamy dressing is also delicious on grilled fish, roast chicken, steamed vegetables, grain bowls and more. There may be a point when you’re whisking in the tahini that the sauce seems to seize or thicken. Don’t worry — it will smooth out again once you begin to whisk in the water.



  1. Whisk together the lemon juice, honey and garlic paste in a medium bowl. Gradually whisk in the tahini. Whisk in the water a little at a time until the sauce is smooth, creamy and has the consistency of cold heavy cream. Whisk in the cumin, cayenne and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Taste add more salt if desired.

Cook’s Note

The dressing can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 day or freezer for up to 1 month. Bring the dressing to room temperature or whisk in a bit of water as needed to thin it out again before serving.