Tahini Salad Dressing


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This creamy tahini salad dressing is fresh, rich, bright, and nutty. If you’re a fan of Annie’s Naturals Goddess Dressing, you’ll love the beautiful flavors captured by this delicious recipe. Make it from scratch in just 5 minutes!


Crisp and fresh, salads are a lunch and dinner staple. To keep things exciting it’s important to mix things up. You can easily do this with seasonal ingredients and a variety of dressings like this tahini salad dressing.

If you’re not familiar with tahini, it’s a product that originated in the Middle East. It’s made by grinding sesame seeds into a rich, velvety paste. The taste is nutty, bright, and savory.

Because it can be shelved in different locations at the market, you might need to ask your grocer for some assistance finding it. At the stores I shop at, it can be found near the organic maple syrup, next to the peanut butter or in the international aisle. Finding it is definitely worth the effort.

Tahini Salad Dressing


  • Olive Oil: Contributes moisture, body and texture. It highlights the rich flavor of the tahini.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar: Slightly sweet with an acidic tangy flavor.
  • Creamy Tahini: Is the predominant flavor of this tahini salad dressing.
  • Tamari Soy Sauce: Adds a salty umami taste.
  • Pure Maple Syrup: Adds the perfect amount of sweetness.
  • Fresh Garlic: Is a perfect pairing with tahini.
  • Dry Basil: Contributes a minty anise-like flavor.
  • Dry Oregano: Contributes an earthy, musty taste and minty aroma.
  • Fine Sea Salt: Brightens the flavors of the other ingredients.
  • Ground Black Pepper: Adds a rustic taste and aroma.
Tahini Salad Dressing

👉🏻 RECIPE CREDIT: As with the best family recipes, this one was a closely-guarded family secret. But my sister-in-law Jennie, with her generous spirit, gave me permission to share her tahini salad dressing recipe.

A salad is just a salad until it’s brought to life with the perfect dressing. When drizzled over fresh greens and veggies, this tahini salad dressing heightens the fresh crisp flavor of the salad. It bring things to a whole new level of deliciousness. It’s the star of the show.

When I’m hosting a family gathering, my husband’s brother and his wife Jennie always ask what they can bring. My answer is alway the same: a loaf of artisan bread, a large salad, and Jennie’s famous tahini salad dressing.

Tahini Salad Dressing


This tahini salad dressing recipe is quick and easy to make.

  • STEP 1: Add all ingredients to a mason jar with lid, or a small bowl.
  • STEP 2: Shake or whisk well until well combined. As it comes together it will thicken and may seize up. But no worries. Just continue shaking or whisking until it reaches a smooth consistency.
  • STEP 3: Transfer the dressing to a cruet that’s perfect for serving. Store it in the fridge until ready to serve. It’s best enjoyed within 3 days.
Tahini Salad Dressing

👩🏻‍🍳 PRO TIP: When hosting a large gathering, wait until guests are ready to form a line to serve buffet style. Then add tahini salad dressing to the entire bowl of salad and toss well. The buffet line will move much faster as guests won’t need to hold up the line by stopping to serve the dressing separately.

Tahini Salad Dressing

🧑🏼‍🍳 more ways to enjoy tahini salad dressing

  • As a dipping sauce. Add it to a vegetable platter with grape tomatoes, broccoli florets, cauliflower florets, zucchini strips, bell pepper strips and cucumbers.
  • For spooning rich flavor over Greek Lamb Meatballs, a meatball gyro sandwich, pinwheel sandwiches, falafel, or baked tofu.
  • For drizzling over a Buddha bowl, grain bowl, or Asian noodle dishes.
  • For marinading chicken.
  • As a sauce for hot or cold pasta. Or for grilled veggies.
Tahini Salad Dressing

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This creamy tahini dressing is filled with bright, tangy, nutty flavors. It’s beyond delicious. This homemade recipe can rival your favorite store-bought brand.


Units Scale
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 3/4 cup apple cider vinegar, raw unfiltered
  • 1/2 cup creamy tahini
  • 1/2 cup Tamari soy sauce
  • 1 dash of pure maple syrup
  • 3 cloves of garlic, pressed or crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper



  1. Add all ingredients to a mason jar with lid or a small bowl.
  2. Shake or whisk well until well combined. As it comes together it will thicken and may seize up. But no worries. Just continue shaking or whisking until it reaches a smooth consistency.
  3. Transfer the dressing to a cruet. Refrigerate until ready to serve. It’s best enjoyed within 3 days.


Where to find smooth tahini at the market: Look for it next to the maple syrup, or the peanut butter, or in the international aisle. If you can’t find it locally, you can order this product on Amazon.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Category: Salad Dressing
  • Method: Mixing
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean

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  1. I made the salad dressing two nights ago now it’s the only salad dressing I want to use. I let one of my friends taste it and she thought it was so good so I’m going to bring her a batch of it. Best salad dressing ever

  2. I love tahini dressing and this homemade version is fantastic. My whole family enjoyed it. They said they liked it way better than the organic type I was previously buying. This recipe’s a keeper.

    Question: Can you provide a link to those salad dressing cruets with stoppers? I’d love to have a set like those!

    1. Hello Marsh! I’m so happy to hear that you’ll soon be trying this flavorful tahini dressing! It looks like this specific cruet is no longer available, but I have a whole collection here for food styling, and this one is my new favorite >>

  3. You are so right, a good dressing can make a plain salad spectacular. I made this dressing and it’s amazing. Now average salads are more exciting. A huge thanks to you and Jennie for sharing the recipe.

  4. Thank you, thank you, thank you!! As a Southern Woman, I tend to get stuck in a rut – making the same recipes that my mother, her mother, and HER mother have always made. We get stuck and we get bored. Then, food is no longer something to enjoy. With this awesome recipe, I was able to break out of my rut and not make my boys flip out, either! This was so yummy and now I have something new in my pantry to make even more delicious recipe with – tahini!

  5. The Tahini salad dressing sound like something my family would love to try. Family recipes are a wonderful thing to pass down from one generation to a next. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  6. This recipe does look amazing. I have always wanted to make my own salad dressings but I think I have been intimidated by the process for some reason. I don’t know why. I’ve even made mayonnaise and still not done dressing. I will have to try this one out though. Hope I can overcome my anxiety about it.

  7. So delicious! After I saw your pictures and got the ingredients, I made this dressing. It was incredible. So glad I found this through Pinterest.

  8. Ohh now, it’s my turn to thank you for sharing this recipe to your readers. I super appreciate it. I would do this and hopefully I can make it as good as yours. I am sure many would ask about this too so I will be sharing it as well, I hope you wouldn’t mind.

  9. This looks delicious! I love greek food but tahini is something I had to let grow on me, now I am addicted! I will have to try this out! I am glad to have another substitution for ranch!

  10. I love this salad dressing! It’s become a family favorite. I wish I could give it 10 stars!

  11. This salad dressing is just as delicious as it looks. I’m taking this dressing and a large salad to a potluck this weekend. I think everyone’s tastebuds will tingle with delight. Thanks for another great recipe.

  12. I omitted the salt cause we don’t eat any in my family (we are weird that way lol) and the dressing still tasted amazing without it. I love tahini and I reach for the organic one too!

  13. Well this came at a good time. We ae home from the grocery store today and out of 3 bottles of salad dressing none were to my liking. I can’t wait to try this one out and compliment my own salads!

  14. This tahini salad dressing seems like it would taste amazing. I’m always willing to try a new dressing to spruce my salad and give it a new taste!

  15. As a nonranch fan, I’m always happy to try new dressing recipes! I’ve not tried one with tahini before, but since I have some on hand, I can try this later today!

  16. What an awesome tahini recipe! I can’t wait to try this in my next salad grown from the garden! Pinned!