Lemon Tahini Dressing

Have you checked out our healthy baked falafel recipes?  This lemon tahini dressing pairs PERFECTLY with the handsome flavors of falafel.  I also enjoy this lemon tahini dressing on roasted eggplant and steamed broccoli too!

So what is tahini exactly?  Do you know that “authentic” flavor restaurant-style hummus has?  That deeper, slightly heartier, and heavier flavor?  That’s tahini!  Tahini is made from ground sesame seeds and it is the magic ingredient in Mediterranean / Middle Eastern cuisine.

This lemon tahini dressing is a lighter than traditional tahini.  The heaviness of the tahini (similar to homemade almond butter) is cut by the bitterness of the lemon and thinned by the addition of water.  Together, these three ingredients make a wonderful dressing for salads, pitas, burgers, etc.  If you are watching your calories, you can dilute the dressing by adding a little more water and/or lemon juice and it still tastes great!

If you clicked the falafel link above, then you probably recognized that there were a few extra ingredients which we didn’t use for the falafel recipe, those were for this dressing!  This recipe was adapted from Tasty Kitchen member janecooks and can be found here.


Lemon Tahini Dressing

Prep time: Total time:
Serves: 5 tbsp
Do you know that “authentic” flavor restaurant-style hummus has? That deeper, slightly heartier, and heavier flavor? That’s tahini! Enjoy this on falafel, eggplant, and many other Mediterranean dishes.


  • 2 tablespoons tahini (sesame seed paste – can be bought at Whole Foods)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons water


  1. Mix (by hand) tahini and lemon juice. Note that this will yield a very thick, paste-like consistency, which is what we are trying to achieve.
  2. Slowly add water and continue mixing until desired taste/consistency is achieved. The water will thin the paste into a sauce/dressing.

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