Super easy, fresh and tangy, this easy Lemon Herb Tahini sauce will have you adding it to everything! It's fresh, healthy, made from whole foods and is the dressing you'll come back to over and over for salads, to drizzle over roasted veggies or to dunk crudites into.
Everyone needs a good tangy herby dressing up their sleeve for when herbs are at their finest. The nicest thing about this one is you can mix and match the herbs to your tastes, or to what you need to use up from the garden or your fridge.
I like to serve this herby tahini sauce as a condiment to drizzle over veggies, such as this Air Fryer Broccoli and Cauliflower, or as a dip for these Crispy Air Fryer Smashed Potatoes. It's unmatched as a sauce for veggies on the BBQ or to dip crunchy snacks into.
This lemony, herby, flavourful sauce has very simple ingredients
- Fresh herbs - you can use any. I love using a mix of coriander, parsley, dill and chives. You can use any or all of them.
- Garlic - I used raw but roasted is also delicious.
- Salt & pepper - to taste.
- Juice and zest of lemon - essential for the fresh taste and zingyness. Make sure to buy un-waxed lemons as you will be using the zest.
- Tahini - this is ground sesame seeds, made into a smooth paste. You can buy it in any superstore/supermarket, healthfood shops or online. It's a key ingredient in hummus and other salad dressings. Tahini is made from good fats, and is a great replacement for olive oil (or any oils) in dressings and sauces.
- Plain vegan yoghurt - choose coconut, oat or soya yoghurt, but make sure it's unsweetened and unflavoured. (You don't want vanilla flavour in this sauce, that would be wierd!)
👩🏾🍳How to instructions
The best part about this lemon herb tahini dressing? It has minimal prep time and is super quick to make. You essentially:
- Whiz up the ingredients in a blender or food processor.
- You could add some extra water if you wanted a runnier sauce.
- Serve up the sauce as a dressing, dip or topping for any meal (more serving ideas below).
- Peel the cloves of garlic and choose your herbs.
2. Add all the ingredients to the jug of a blender or food processor.
3. Squeeze in the lemon juice and add the zest.
4. Whizz up until you have a smooth and creamy sauce. Taste for salt and add more as needed.
When you open a jar of tahini it will have a layer of sesame oil on the top. This is totally normal. Use a chopstick or small spoon to give it a really good stir to incorporate the oil back into the rest of the sesame paste.
Keep this dressing in a clean airtight jar in the fridge. It will keep for up to 5 days. I do not suggest freezing this recipe.
Yes. Everything in the sauce is gluten-free.
Store the lemon herb tahini sauce in an airtight jar or a Tupperware. It will last for about a week in the fridge.
Yes, that's what's wonderful about this recipe. You can use whatever fresh herbs you can find. You could just use one such as coriander, or use a mix of many such as chives, dill, coriander and parsley.
Tahini is a little like a slightly more bitter version of peanut butter. It is delicious mixed with acidic or sweet ingredients.
Tahini is made from ground sesame seeds. It's high in calcium, good fats and vitamins.
🍽️How to serve
This sauce is really versatile. My favourite ways of using it are:
- As a dip - for crackers, vegetables, bread sticks... Our Superseed Crackers are perfect for this.
- As a salad dressing - this is the most obvious way to use it, and it takes your salad to a whole new level!
- With falafel - it's a great sauce for falafel to add extra moisture and flavour. Our falafel recipe tastes banging with this lemon herb tahini sauce.
🥗Other dressings and salads
If you love my lemon herb tahini dressing, especially if you love it on salad, then you'll love these other dressing and salad recipes:
- Quinoa Super Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing
- Vegan Caesar Salad with Crunchy Chickpea Croutons
- Creamy & Tangy Vegan Celeriac Remoulade
- Easy Japanese Gomae Style Sesame Dressing with Winter Salad
- Malfouf Salad (Lebanese Cabbage Salad)
Easy Lemon Herb Tahini Sauce
For accuracy, I measure all ingredients in metric as standard, then convert and test the recipe for American cup measurements etc.
(Heads up Aussie and UK readers- your measurements in cups are sometimes different, so please use metric or check you have the correct cup and spoon type!!)
- Put all ingredients in a blender and whizz until mostly smooth.200 g Bunch of herbs, 4 Garlic cloves, ½ teaspoon Salt, ¼ teaspoon Black pepper, Juice of 1 lemon, Zest of 1 lemon, 2 tablespoon Tahini, 125 g Plain vegan yoghurt
- Add to your favourite salad, use as a dip or top any meal to give it more flavour (see main post for more serving ideas).