Dreamy Green Tahini Dressing

The best and easiest 4-ingredient tahini dressing or dipping sauce for salads, Buddha bowls, veggies, potatoes — or pretty much everything.

tahini Buddha Bowl dressing/salad dressing in a bowl, with lemon in the background

Sometimes ya just need a good sauce. Maybe for drizzling on top of chicken or a rice bowl, dressing a salad or using as a dipping sauce for crisp carrots, cucumbers or jicama.

And sometimes… OK, most times… You need it fast. Pronto. Like, dinner-is-ready-in-5-minutes-and-you-just-realized it-needs-some-extra-help-in-the-flavor-department fast.

Enter: This dreamy green tahini sauce with lemon and cilantro. It’s a tangy, fresh n’ herby, holy grail sauce. Kinda garlicky, kinda briny and citrusy, a little bit nutty.

Extremely dippable. Very pretty mint green color. (Warning: You might lick the food processor/blender clean)

It’s the perfect, highly customizable condiment for just about anything you can throw its way. It’s an all-seasons hero that goes with all kinds of dishes. Veggies, meats, breads, you name it!

This is my go-to sauce for whenever I’m making a grain bowl (which is most weeknights). My typical combo is spinach, saffron rice, canned chickpeas and whatever veggies I’ve got in the fridge.

I also paired it with some yummy oven-roasted carrots, as you can see.

tahini Buddha Bowl dressing/salad dressing in a bowl, with lemon, tahini jar and sprinkle of cilantro drizzled over oven-roasted carrots

This sauce adds such a pretty pop of color to anything you’re making! And it’s a great way to use up leftover cilantro stems, since those are also packed with delicious flavor.

Tahini Dressing Ingredients

  • Garlic
  • Lemons
  • Tahini
  • Cilantro
  • Tips

This sauce should be a little bit on the thicker side. So if you’re planning to use it as a salad dressing or just prefer a thinner condiment, add some extra water to the mix.

Keep in mind that different tahini brands can really vary in consistency. Some are thicker and more of a solid, while others have more oil and are super spreadable. If your tahini is not-so-spreadable, consider adding some extra water or oil to ensure the sauce blends well. A super dried out can of tahini might result in a chunky sauce. (Chunky sauce is not really my thing, but maybe it’s yours. That’s OK too.) I’m using the Trader Joe’s brand, at the moment.

tahini Buddha Bowl dressing/salad dressing in a bowl, with lemon, tahini jar and sprinkle of cilantro

This sauce is really customizable! Tahini compliments sooo many things soooo well. If you’re in a pinch, you can use the basics of this recipe to make something tasty with whatever you’ve got on hand.

Maybe you want to add some spice? Toss in some jalapeno.

Maybe you want to use your favorite herb? Add it to the mix! Parsley or dill is great with this combo and I’m sure mint would be tasty, too. Feel free to mix n’ match.

Instructions

So easy that I don’t really need an instructions section.

  1. Throw ingredients in blender or food processor
  2. Blend.

Add some more water or oil if you want to thin out the consistency and you’re DONE. THAT’S IT.

Dinner just went from bland to BAM. (I hope you just read that in an Emeril Lagasse voice.)

tahini Buddha Bowl dressing/salad dressing in a bowl, with lemon, tahini jar and sprinkle of cilantro
tahini Buddha Bowl dressing/salad dressing in a bowl, with lemon in the background

Dreamy Green Tahini Buddha Bowl Salad Dressing

The best and easiest 4-ingredient salad dressing or dipping sauce for salads, Buddha bowls, veggies, potatoes — or pretty much everything.
Prep Time 5 mins
Course Sauce
Cuisine American
Servings 1 cup (scant)

Equipment

  • Blender or food processor

Ingredients
  

  • 1/4 c. tahini
  • 2 lemons juiced
  • 1/2 c. cilantro stems are OK to use too!
  • 1-2 cloves garlic

Instructions
 

  • Add ingredients into blender or food processor and blend/process until smooth. (Tip: Add a small amount of water or oil if you're struggling to blend smoothly)
  • Serve immediately or store in a jar for up to 2 weeks. Add more water if sauce is too thick to use as a salad dressing.
Keyword bowl sauce, buddha bowl dressing, cilantro, cilantro dressing, garlic, garlic dressing, lemon dressing, lemons, salad dressing, tahini, tahini dressing

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"dreamy green tahini dressing":tahini Buddha Bowl dressing/salad dressing in a bowl, with lemon in the background
"dreamy green buddha bowl dressing":tahini Buddha Bowl dressing/salad dressing in a bowl, with lemon in the background


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