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Honey Tahini Dressing with Lemon

This simple honey tahini dressing with fresh lemon juice is fuss-free and can be made in less than 5 minutes. It doesn’t use complicated techniques. Just shake it in a mason jar for a delicious and nutritious dressing!

Closeup of tahini sauce with honey and lemon.

Quick, easy, and absolutely delicious! This honey tahini dressing is smooth, creamy, and flavorful. The nutty tahini and the sweet honey make a well-balanced sauce for salads, falafel, and veggies! 

Y’all, I just love this tahini dressing. It’s one of my favorite homemade salad dressings to make. It’s creamy, comforting, and oh-so-easy

This creamy, plant-based dressing only has 5 main ingredients. And it’s dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegetarian. A simple swap of maple syrup instead of the local honey will make it vegan. It is made with simple ingredients and has no fillers like soybean oil or refined sugar. It’s so quick and easy that you’ll never think about store-bought again! 

I love making this in the fall. Don’t stand over the stove for hours. Make a quick and healthy kale salad with this tahini dressing, and use that free time to play outside! 

Ingredients for tahini dressing

Mise en place of tahini, lemon, garlic, olive oil, honey, salt, and pepper to make a homemade salad dressing.

Tahini is a paste made from ground sesame seeds. It has a nutty, earthy flavor. It’s a must in homemade hummus. It makes this dressing smooth and creamy without using dairy. Be sure to get a good quality tahini. The best I’ve found is Baron’s Pure Sesame Tahini Paste. Tahini is usually in the peanut butter aisle at the grocery store. If you have trouble finding it, you can order it online. 

Fresh lemon juice adds a bright and fresh flavor. It is so much better than the bottled stuff. It takes the place of vinegar as the liquid in this dressing. 

Honey adds a hint of sweetness and balances the bitter and earthy flavors of the tahini. Use high-quality pure honey for this dressing, preferably from a local source.

Fresh garlic adds a bold flavor and a hint of spice to the dressing.

Extra virgin olive oil helps thin the tahini and turn it into a pourable dressing.

Salt and pepper elevate all the flavors and tie everything together. 

Variations

Make it vegan: Replace the honey in the dressing with maple syrup.

How to make honey tahini dressing

Squeezing a lemon in a citrus juicer.

Use a knife to finely mince the garlic. Then juice the lemon with a citrus squeezer.

Shaking a bottle of tahini sauce.

Add all ingredients to an 8-ounce jelly jar and shake until a smooth dressing forms. 

Tahini and honey dressing dripping into a jar.

Pro-tip:  Make sure your tahini is smooth before adding it to the jar. I’ve seen some store-bought tahini that has separated into a thick paste. Stir your tahini to mix it back up before you measure it out. See my FAQ below for what to do if your tahini separates.

Frequently asked questions

What is tahini?

Tahini is a paste made from ground sesame seeds. It has a nutty, earthy flavor. 

Is tahini vegan?

Yes! Tahini is just ground sesame seeds.

What if my tahini separated?

Sometimes tahini will separate in the jar. The ground sesame solids will separate from the sesame oil. If this happens, first try stirring it to mix it back together. It’s easier to do at room temperature. If this doesn’t work, scrape out the tahini and use an immersion blender or a blender to blend it until smooth. 
Or, you can make this tahini dressing in a blender using the thick part of the paste and the separated oil. 

What if my tahini dressing is too thick? 

Add 1 tablespoon of cold water to the jar of tahini dressing. Close the lid and shake it until it is smooth. 

Tahini honey dressing uses

Make this tahini dressing recipe for a flavorful sauce for your favorite vegetables! It goes well with sturdy greens like kale. And with hearty fall produce like sweet potatoes, pumpkin, and apples. 

Drizzling creamy tahini dressing over a platter of kale salad.
  • It makes a great salad dressing on your favorite green salad. 
  • Use it as a sauce for grilled vegetables. I’m partial to zucchini. 
  • Use it as a dip for crunchy veggies.
  • Serve it as a sauce for veggie bowls like a quinoa or Buddha bowl. 
  • Drizzle it over roasted sweet potatoes.

More Mediterranean-Inspired Recipes

What’s your favorite way to enjoy homemade tahini dressing? Let me know in the comments! 

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Honey Tahini Dressing with Lemon

Honey tahini dressing dripping from a spoon, into a jar.

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Honey tahini dressing with lemon is smooth, creamy, and easy to make. Perfect for salads and veggie bowls. Only 5 ingredients and 5 minutes.

  • Author: Mandi
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: about 1 cup 1x
  • Category: Dressing
  • Method: Shake
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean

Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • Juice of 1 lemon (about 3 tablespoons)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a jar, close the lid, and shake until a smooth dressing forms.

Notes

  • Storage: Use right away or store in the fridge for up to 1 week. Shake again before serving.
  • Make it vegan: Replace the honey in the dressing with maple syrup.
  • See my FAQ in the main post for what to do if your tahini separates.

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