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How To Make Vegan Tahini Sauce

How To Make Vegan Tahini Sauce

Tully Zander
Tahini is quite versatile and can be utilized with almost anything in your kitchen in terms of being a sauce. As mentioned before, it is quite the staple ingredient when you’re making Mediterranean classics such as Baba Ganoush and hummus - however, that’s not where the versatility of Tahini ends. You can use Tahini sauce in anything from salad dressings to spread on a slice of toast to even soft serves if you’re experimental with your desserts.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Dips & Sauces, Side Dish
Cuisine Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
Servings 16
Calories 40 kcal


  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • ½ cup Tahini
  • ½ tsp fine salt
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 6 tbsp ice water
  • some ground cumin


To make Tahini:

  • Before you head down to making your Tahini sauce, you’ll need to have some Tahini prepared beforehand. Quite simply, you’ll need to take some sesame seeds and then roast them.
  • Once this is done and the seeds have cooled down, you can stick them in the food processor and process them until they resemble a somewhat crumbly texture.
  • After they’ve become sufficiently crumbly, you can add in the oil of your choice (most vegans prefer olive oil for its high nutritional content) in order to make your Tahini as creamy as possible.
  • Around four to five tablespoons should be sufficient in order to make your Tahini especially creamy - and there you have it, your very own Tahini. Now that you have your Tahini handy, it is time to use it as an ingredient to make your own Tahini sauce.

To make Tahini Sauce:

  • Firstly, you’ll need to let the cloves of garlic sit in the lemon juice for some time - approximately ten minutes, so as to let the lemon juice absorb the flavor that garlic brings with itself.
  • Next, you’ll have to strain this mixture into a larger bowl once it has been sitting for some time. Here, attempt to squeeze the garlic for its juice as much as possible.
  • Once this is done, add your Tahini, cumin, and salt to the larger bowl that has the lemon and garlic mixture. To combine all these ingredients, you’ll need to whisk them together.
  • While you’re whisking this mixture, continue adding a couple of tablespoons of water every now and then to make the mixture smoother. Once you have put in six tablespoons of water, the mixture may have become perfectly smooth and resembling a creamy Tahini sauce.
  • And with that, you’re done with your very own homemade Tahini sauce. You can then go on to use this sauce as a dip with veggies or some pita bread, or you can attempt to make the sauce even lighter by continuing to add water if you’re considering adding this vegan Tahini sauce to your salad as a dressing.
  • Additionally, you can also choose to add more lemon juice if you like your Tahini sauce to be tangier - it all depends on what your taste buds prefer.


Serving: 1tbspCalories: 40kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 1.1gFat: 3.4gSodium: 75mgFiber: 0.5gSugar: 0.45g
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