Garlicky Tahini Dressing

Elevate any dish with this QUICK & tantalising Garlic and Tahini Dressing. I try to have a few jars of dressings in my fridge to add on to:

  • Roasted Veggies
  • Quick Slaws
  • Spiced Soups

Flavour Tips: To mix up the flavours a bit you can use confit garlic instead of raw garlic.

A good Tahini:

Tahini is a paste made from toasted sesame seeds which you then ground. It is a staple ingredient in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines, known for its rich, nutty flavour and creamy texture. The process of making tahini involves toasting sesame seeds before grinding them into a smooth paste. Tahini is commonly used in various dishes, such as hummus, falafel, salad dressings, and sauces. It adds depth and a distinctive taste to both savory and sweet recipes. Tahini is also a nutritious ingredient, providing essential nutrients like healthy fats, protein, and minerals.

Where to Buy:

When buying tahini, consider factors like whether you prefer hulled or unhulled tahini, and whether you want a traditional or organic version. Reading product reviews can also be helpful in choosing a brand that aligns with your preferences. I like my tahini to be RUNNY as I find some versions to be like peanut butter which makes it impossible to blend into a quick dressing without a blender. I love the tahini from Sababa (Cape Town) which you can get in store or at the Oranjezicht market.

PS: some Tahini’s can be bitter, I am not sure why but I have heard from clients that the Woolies one is on the bitter side. You can either try to source from another brand OR add a 1/4 tsp (maybe more) honey or maple syrup to the mixture if you have a bitter Tahini at home.

Garlicky Tahini Dressing

A versatile and much loved dressing to add flavour to anything!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Diet Vegan
Servings 1 jar


  • hand blender or mix by hand


  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 2 small garlic cloves
  • salt & pepper
  • 1/4 cup + 3 tablespoons water


  • Blend the lemon, tahini, garlic, 2 pinches salt and 1/4 cup water together (I think the Nutribullet is excellent for small amount of dressings). Add more water if the dressing is too thick. Season with salt and more lemon juice is if needed.
    PS: some tahini's might taste bitter (see intro the Woolies one) you can add a drop or two honey or maple syrup to the dressing to try to offset the bitterness, not ideal but at least you don't need to chuck the jar.
  • Keep in the fridge for 1 week.
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