Saturday, July 3, 2010

Lemon Tahini Dressing

This recipe is for my friend Alexandra who had lemon tahini dressing the other day and wanted a recipe she could make at home. When Dan wanted falafel tonight on a salad I knew a lemon tahini dressing would be a great addition. Here is what I made tonight:

Lemon Tahini Dressing
Makes approximately 16 tablespoons


½ cup raw sesame seeds, or tahini
1 lemon, zested and juiced
1 tablespoon green onion, finely minced
1 clove garlic, smashed and peeled
6 tablespoons water (approximately)
Optional: cayenne or sriracha


Combine the ingredients (except the water) in your high speed blender and process until smooth. Add water a tablespoon at a time until the dressing is the texture you desire. The dressing will have a big lemon flavor. I did this intentionally so that two tablespoons of dressing would be enough to flavor a large salad.

Nutritional Information (1/16th of the recipe):

Amount Per Serving
Calories - 27.28
Calories From Fat (69%) - 18.74

Total Fat - 2.24g
Saturated Fat - 0.31g
Cholesterol - 0mg
Sodium - 0.81mg
Potassium - 28.08mg
Total Carbohydrates - 1.52g
Fiber - 0.6g
Sugar - 0.13g
Protein - 0.84g


This experiment turned out well. I am very happy to have leftovers of this in the refrigerator. To say I enjoyed this would be an understatement. The sauce is thick and rich and very, very lemony. I could eat it straight off a spoon. However, if you aren’t a huge lemon fan don’t worry. You only need a little of this dressing to flavor your salad. If you omit the zest you will reduce the lemon flavor considerably. This is another dressing that will be turning up at our house again. If you want to add a little heat this would be good with a little cayenne or sriracha in it. It would also be good with a hint of sweetness from a date or two if you want to round out the flavor. I can think of a few ways to modify this recipe. When I make the modifications I will post those as well.

Unrelated note:

Since 6am happens early I need to go. We still need to have dessert (frozen fruit soft serve, of course) and relax before turning in.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend. Talk to again tomorrow.


  1. You always make the best sounding dressings. I am so boring when it comes to my salad dressings. It's either salsa or balsamic vinaigrette.

  2. This sounds delicious! I will definitely make it soon.

  3. Heather,

    LOL, thanks! I have to come up with the new dressings often otherwise we would get bored eating salad. I swear we eat enough salad that we could be rabbits.

    I hope your party went well,

  4. Brigid,

    I really liked this. It is very lemony though, just to warn you. I LOVE lemon, they are practically a food group at our house. ;-)

    I hope you are having a great holiday weekend,


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