Here is a customizable, quick, and versatile Mediterranean Lemon Tahini Dressing with just a few ingredients. It’s keto, vegan, and low-FODMAP.
Condiments are usually secondary thoughts but to me, they are an essential component of any meal. The idea of eating sushi without gluten-free soy sauce seems sacrilegious, and tacos without my beloved spicy mayo, a bore. I could go on but you get the idea. The bottom line is, condiments make everything better and not just better but can sometimes complete the entire meal.
And this is most certainly the case for this simple lemon tahini dressing. It’s a very basic and easy dressing that takes just minutes to make and requires some very basic ingredients you likely already have in your kitchen.
About This Recipe
- It’s naturally gluten, dairy and grain free, whole 30 friendly with the omission of maple syrup
- Also keto, vegan, low-fodmap and paleo
- Can be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator
- Requires just 6 ingredients (two being salt and water)
- Customizable and versatile
- Perfect on roasted vegetables, falafel, salad, quinoa, mixed with chickpeas and more
Ingredients at a Glance
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Lemon juice
- Maple syrup (skip for whole 30)
Making Lemon Tahini Dressing
Step 1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
Step 2. Store in an airtight glass container in the refrigerator for up to one week. (Make sure it is glass as plastic will alter the taste.)
FAQs + Top Tips
Should The Oil In The Tahini Jar Be Separate?
Yes, that’s perfectly normal. Separation of solid and liquid often happens with pure seed and nut butter, but especially so with tahini. It’s a labor of love mixing it but well worth it. I just use a knife to mix the tahini well until all the solid pieces are fully mixed with the oil and you have a smooth mixture.
Where Can You Find Tahini?
For those new to tahini, you can find it in your grocery store’s organic section. If they don’t have one, a local health food store would likely carry it. And if that’s not an option where you are, you can order it online here.
Why Is Room Temperature Tahini Best?
Make sure the tahini is at room temperature as it will be a lot easier to mix with the rest of the ingredients.
Variations And Modifications
If you’re not following a low-fodmap diet you can get a bit creative and add a pinch of cumin, coriander, and garlic powder as well.
For those following a whole 30 diet, simply skip the maple syrup.
How To Store Lemon Tahini Dressing?
The best way to store the dressing is in a glass jar with a lid so you can seal it tightly.
Should The Dressing Be Hard Once Refrigerated?
Yes, that’s perfectly normal. You can just let it come to room temperature once you take it out of the fridge or if you’re in a hurry, pop it in the micro for a few seconds or submerge the jar in hot water. Give it a stir and you’re set.
How To Use Lemon Tahini Dressing
This versatile dressing is perfect over roasted or sauteed vegetables, drizzled over quinoa with chickpeas, as a salad dressing, with turkey burgers, veggie burgers, or any other way you wish.
More Tahini Recipes You May Like
- Rutabaga Noodles with Tahini Sauce and Cashew Crumble
- Roasted Carrots With A Simple Orange Tahini Sauce And Pomegranate
- Paleo “Peanut” Noodles (Keto, Vegan, Grain-Free)
- Gut Friendly Lemon Garlic Hummus
- Heirloom Roasted Carrots with a Simple Lemon Tahini Dressing
- 2 tbsp tahini
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 5-6 tbsp water
- 3 tsp lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
- Store in an airtight glass container in the refrigerator for up to one week. (Make sure it is glass as plastic will alter the taste.)
1. Make sure you mix the tahini well. Separation of solid and liquid often happens with pure seed and nut butter, but especially so with tahini. It’s a labor of love mixing it but well worth it. I just use a knife to mix the tahini well until all the solid pieces are fully mixed with the oil and you have a smooth mixture.
2. Keep the tahini at room temperature.
3. If you don't have maple syrup and are not vegan, you can use honey instead, or agave nectar.
4. For a thicker dressing, use 4 tbps water.