Find over 20 healthy recipes to make with tahini, all created by a Registered Dietitian. You’ll find plenty of different ways to use tahini, including tahini sauces, tahini dressings, main dishes, side dishes, and even desserts!

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Tahini is one of the most versatile ingredients to use in your cooking. It is a common ingredient in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines, and if you’ve ever made homemade hummus, you probably have a jar sitting in your pantry!

You can use tahini in so many different ways, including sauces, dressings, main dishes, salads, side dishes, breakfasts, and even desserts. Keep scrolling for the recipes, or click on the sections below to learn more:

What is tahini?

Tahini is a paste made from ground sesame seeds. It is a common ingredient found in Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, and North African cuisines. Tahini is often served as a sauce on it’s own, or served as a tahini-based sauce with foods like pita, falafel, meat, and vegetables.

What does tahini taste like?

Tahini looks like peanut butter and other nut butters, but it is not sweet. It has an earthy, nutty flavor that can sometimes be slightly bitter. Tahini is essentially sesame seed butter, so it has a smooth, creamy texture. It is more runny than other nut butters, and tastes great mixed into a sauce with simple ingredients like lemon juice and garlic.

Tahini nutrition benefits

In addition to being delicious, tahini is also packed with nutrients. One ounce of tahini (about two tablespoons) provides:

  • 4.8 grams of plant-based protein
  • 2.6 grams of dietary fiber (9 percent of your daily needs)
  • 0.346 mg thiamine (29 percent of your daily needs)
  • 0.134 mg riboflavin (10 percent of your daily needs)
  • 1.545 mg niacin (10 percent of your daily needs)
  • 9.75 mcg selenium (18 percent of your daily needs)
  • 120.77 mg calcium (9 percent of your daily needs)
  • 2.54 mg iron (14 percent of your daily needs)

Because it is a source of plant-based protein, calcium, and iron, tahini is particularly beneficial for those on a vegan, vegetarian, or plant-based diet. One ounce of tahini has about 15 grams of fat, but a majority of the fat comes from heart healthy mono- and polyunsaturated fatty acids.

Below, find over 20 healthy vegetarian and vegan tahini recipes!

Tahini sauces and dressings

Quick & Easy Lemon Tahini Sauce

This quick and easy lemon tahini sauce is the perfect addition to salads, grain bowls, vegetables, and pretty much any meal. It takes five minutes to make and requires just a few simple ingredients. Keep a batch in your fridge to easily elevate your meals.

jar of lemon tahini sauce with lemons and seasonings around it

Tahini Goddess Dressing

This nutritious and delicious homemade tahini goddess dressing is smooth, creamy, and versatile. It’s reminiscent of Annie’s Goddess Dressing. Make a batch to add to salads and meals all week long! This recipe is naturally vegan and dairy free. 

Healthy Tahini Goddess Dressing in a jar with ingredients around the jar

Tahini Green Goddess Sauce


This versatile green goddess tahini sauce is packed full of bright, zesty flavors and pairs perfectly with salads, grain bowls, falafel, and much more. It gets its beautiful green color from basil, cilantro, and baby spinach.

Hand taking some homemade green goddess tahini sauce from a dish with ingredients surrounding the sauce

Sesame Ginger Miso Dressing

This sesame ginger miso dressing is delicious on salads, grain bowls, and more. It’s quick and easy to prepare, and packed with nutritious ingredients like white miso, tahini, and fresh ginger.

Hand pouring a jar of sesame ginger dressing onto a green salad with tofu in a speckled bowl

Side dishes with tahini

Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Maple Tahini Sauce

These oven roasted Brussels sprouts are perfectly crispy and drizzled with a delicious maple tahini sauce. They are and easy and delicious side dish to serve whenever you have Brussels sprouts in the kitchen. This recipe is vegan and gluten free.

White oval plate of roasted brussels sprouts with maple tahini sauce, garnished with pomegranate seeds

Roasted Broccoli with Lemon Tahini Sauce

Serve this roasted broccoli with lemon tahini sauce to vegetable skeptics, and watch their faces light up in surprise. This vegan and gluten free recipe is simple to make and perfect for a weeknight dinner.

Plate of roasted broccoli with lemon tahini sauce with a gold serving fork and blue napkin on the side

Roasted Broccoli with Sesame Ginger Tahini Sauce

Roasted broccoli is one of my favorite vegetables on it’s own, with just a little olive oil, salt, and pepper. Adding a delicious sauce takes it to the next level. This sesame ginger tahini sauce is completely addicting drizzled over a warm bowl of roasted broccoli.

bowl of broccoli drizzled with tahini sauce with a gold serving spoon

Miso Sesame Ginger Eggplant

Make this insanely flavorful miso sesame ginger eggplant for dinner tonight! It’s easy, delicious, vegan, and gluten free. Serve it over your favorite rice, add some baked tofu, and you have yourself a yummy balanced meal everyone will love.

Bowl of sesame ginger eggplant over white rice with chopsticks

Tahini Citrus Cauliflower Sweet Potato Salad

This recipe is full of zingy flavor, contrasting textures and plenty of nutrients. If you are looking for a unique dish to bring to any gathering, look no further than this tahini citrus cauliflower sweet potato salad! You’ll wow your friends with a creamy yet incredibly simple dressing that coats the vegetables, making them super addicting.

tahini citrus cauliflower sweet potato salad

Maple Roasted Carrots with Ginger Beet Tahini Sauce

Roasting carrots with a little maple syrup brings out delicious natural sweetness of the vegetable. You’ll love them drizzled with a pink ginger beet tahini sauce!

Plate of maple roasted carrots with ginger beet tahini sauce

Main dishes with tahini

Miso Grilled Tofu

This miso grilled tofu recipe is easy to prepare and super tasty. It’s marinated and dressed with a delicious homemade sesame ginger miso tahini dressing. Add this vegan tofu dish to your next cookout menu!

Close up of a plate of miso grilled tofu with chopped scallions, sesame seeds, and miso sesame dressing

Vegan Sheet Pan Dinner

This vegan sheet pan dinner is loaded with vegetables, sweet potatoes, and tofu, and topped off with an addictive lemon tahini sauce. Sheet pan dinners are simple and make for fast clean up. Make this easy weeknight recipe tonight!

Vegan sheet pan dinner on a sheet pan

Roasted Cauliflower Tacos with Cilantro Lime Tahini Sauce

These roasted cauliflower tacos are seriously the best. Roast cauliflower with lots of spice and add homemade cilantro lime tahini sauce, avocado, pickled red onions, and fresh herbs.

plate of three roasted cauliflower tacos

Stuffed Eggplant with Bulgur, Tomato, and Dried Figs

This stuffed eggplant recipe is filled with bulgur, tomato, chickpeas, dried figs, basil, and spices for a delicious vegan meal everyone will enjoy!

Stuffed Eggplant overhead shot with tahini sauce drizzle

Breakfasts, snacks, and desserts with tahini

Tahini Granola with Giant Clusters

Once you try this homemade tahini granola recipe, you’ll want to make it again and again! The giant clusters are super crunchy and totally addicting. The tahini adds a richness to all the flavors. It also makes for even thicker clusters! If you get an extra large cluster, it’s almost like eating a crunchy oatmeal cookie.

Bowl of granola with a tray of granola and cup of milk in background

Beet and White Bean Dip

 If you’d like to include beets in your diet for the health benefits, but aren’t keen on the taste, try this dip! You really can’t taste the beet flavor, thanks to the delicious lemon juice, tahini, garlic and spices. This white bean dip is super smooth and creamy, and a fun alternative to regular hummus.

Pink and White Bean Dip in a bowl with crackers and veggies for dipping

Loaded Greek Salad Hummus

If regular hummus sounds more appealing to you, try this Loaded Greek salad hummus. This recipe is meant to serve a large crowd. Once you try making this homemade hummus with tahini, it will be hard to go back to store bought!

Bowl of greek salad hummus surrounded by crackers, parsley, and a small bowl of chickpeas

Double Chocolate Tahini Cookies

If you love chocolate, don’t sleep on these double chocolate tahini cookies! They’re so soft, fudgy, and most importantly, packed with rich chocolate flavor. They just happen to be vegan, gluten free, and full of healthy fats! Tahini adds a depth of flavor while providing moisture. Using tahini eliminates the need for butter or oil.

close of view of double chocolate cookies, one with a bite taken, on white backdrop

The Best Fudgy Tahini Brownies

These tahini brownies are incredibly chocolatey and fudgy. They’re free from gluten, oil and refined sugar, but you’d never know it. Tahini is the hero of this recipe, which eliminates the need for oil or butter while still keeping the brownies super moist and giving them a rich flavor.

brownies on a piece of parchment paper with chocolate drizzle on top

Five Ingredient Sweet Potato Brownies

These brownies are super moist, thanks to smooth and creamy sweet potato and tahini. They also could not be easier to make. Just blend everything together in a food processor and bake! You’ll need just five ingredients, besides salt, baking powder, and (optional, but highly recommended) chocolate chips.

Stack of brownies against white backdrop

Fudgy Tahini S’mores Blondies

S’mores are a classic summertime treat. There is something so nostalgic about the toasted marshmallow, melty chocolate, and crunchy graham cracker combination. For those living in cities without regular access to campfires like me, these tahini s’mores blondies have it all!

smores blondies on a grey backdrop

Maple Pecan Tahini Blondies with Maple Pecan Glaze

Maple and pecan go together like pumpkin and spice or apples and cinnamon. They’re classic fall ingredients, and when the temperature starts to drop, I am craving them all! These maple pecan tahini blondies bring maple and pecan together into a match made in heaven. The blondies are moist, fluffy, and loaded with cozy fall flavors.

Maple pecan blondies with pecans on top sitting on a drying rack on a white surface

Edible Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

This edible chocolate chip cookie dough eliminates the risk of food poisoning because it doesn’t contain eggs. It actually doesn’t contain any other traditional chocolate chip cookie ingredients (except for chocolate chips). Made with chickpeas, tahini, oats, and maple syrup, this cookie dough is actually a good source of fiber and healthy fats!

Bowl of chocolate chip cookie dough with gold spoon on grey backdrop

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jar of lemon tahini sauce with lemons and seasonings around it

20+ Nutritious Recipes with Tahini: Lemon Tahini Sauce

  • Author: Alex Aldeborgh
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: about 1 cup 1x
  • Category: sauces and dressings
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Find over 20 healthy recipes to make with tahini, all created by a Registered Dietitian. You’ll find plenty of different ways to use tahini, including tahini sauces, tahini dressings, main dishes, side dishes, and even desserts! Plus, the recipe for the best easy lemon tahini sauce. 


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1/2 cup tahini 
  • Juice of 1 lemon (about 3 tablespoons)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic and herb seasoning
  • 1/3 cup cold water

Instructions

  1. Add tahini, lemon juice, salt, and garlic and herb seasoning to a bowl. Whisk them together to combine. Stop whisking when the tahini seizes up and becomes thick and grainy.
  2. Add half the cold water and continue to whisk the sauce. Keep adding water 1 tablespoon at a time until the sauce loosens and maintains desired smooth and creamy consistency.
  3. Drizzle over salads, vegetables, etc. 

Notes

Store in a jar in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

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