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I’m a big proponent of sauces and dressings of all kinds. A delicious sauce improves just about any dish. And this tahini vinaigrette recipe is one of my top faves. The tahini adds a creaminess to it that makes it feel a bit more substantial and decadent than your standard vinaigrette. Which means it pairs perfectly with heartier dishes, like roasted vegetables and grain bowls. If you prepare it a bit thicker, it’s even perfect as a dip for a veggie tray.

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Tahini Vinaigrette Recipe Notes

  • When you first start to mix the tahini with liquids, it will seize up quite a bit. Don’t let this trick you into adding too much water right away. Tahini goes from seized up to too thin faster than you think. Add the water little bits at a time until you get the consistency you’re after.
  • Raw garlic is a potent medicinal food known to boost the immune system, reduce blood pressure, detoxify the body, and basically help you live longer. It’s also a very potent flavor and even with a single clove in this recipe it’s noticeably garlicky. I love garlic. But if you’d like a more subtle flavor, opt for half a clove or substitute garlic powder instead.
  • Apple cider vinegar has some amazing health benefits — like lowering blood sugar, aiding in weight loss, improving heart health — and stands up nicely to the flavor of tahini. However, I make this almost as often with lemon juice if I’m in the mood for a more subtle vinaigrette. 
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Simple Tahini Vinaigrette Recipe
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Simple Tahini Vinaigrette Recipe

This simple tahini vinaigrette recipe only requires four basic ingredients and it's delicious on salads and roasted vegetables.
Course Salad
Servings 4 people


  • 3 tablespoons tahini
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 clove garlic, minced (can sub 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2-3 tablespoons water


  • Combine the tahini, vinegar, maple syrup, garlic, salt, pepper, and two tablespoons water in a small bowl and whisk to combine. Add up to an additional tablespoon of water a little bit at a time until you reach your desired consistency.
  • This makes about 1/2 cup. Store any leftovers in the fridge. The dressing will thicken up a bit in the fridge.
Keyword Dairy Free, Dressing, Gluten Free, Tahini, Vegan, Vinaigrette
Simple Tahini Vinaigrette Recipe
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Want more sauce inspiration? Check out my Basic Homemade Vinaigrette post!