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.
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.
Simple Tahini Vinaigrette Recipe
- 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.
Want more sauce inspiration? Check out my Basic Homemade Vinaigrette post!