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Citrus Tahini Dressing

Citrus Tahini Dressing

One of my favorite things to do is zazz up a simple (boring) green salad or humble tabbouleh salad with a sultry, spicy, sweet kick. Plus, it’s a great way to use up that 16 ounce of tahini you bought and made hummus that one time. It’s sitting in the back of your fridge or cupboard, waiting to be used and collecting dust. It’s begging for you to get a little crazy and experimental. So pull out that versatile sesame butter and let’s get cooking.

Citrus Tahini Dressing – add it to your Tabbouleh, falafel or simple green salad!


  • Juice from 1 fresh orange (the riper the better)
  • Juice from 1/2 fresh lemon
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons tahini (sesame paste)
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Orange zest (optional)
  • Dash of cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon honey, sugar, agave or stevia (optional)

Method: blend all of the above until smooth and pour over your salad. Serve immediately or allow to simmer in its gorgeous juices to allow the garlic to become potent.

Note: if your tahini is quite thick (the bottom portion and little of the natural oil is reserved, or if you notice this dressing is a bit thick), you may thin it out by adding small amounts of water. Check, taste and modify as needed.

Voila! Transform simple salads into an epicurean delight with this heart-healthy dressing.

If you are looking for more ways to use up that delicious, protein-rich tahini, check out this earlier post about 7 Things To Do with your Tahini that aren’t Hummus

Got any other great tahini recipes? I’d love to hear from you! Drop me a comment below or email me at

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