Creamy Tahini Salad Dressing

By Sally Cameron on May 21, 2020

Gluten-Free, Salads and Dressings, the daniel plan, Vegan

Sturdier types of salad greens take creamy dressings that cling to the leaves. That is why I created this creamy tahini salad dressing. It dresses greens like kale and romaine deliciously. Make a batch on Sunday and your half way to a fast and terrific salad during your busy week ahead. It also works with fish, chicken or shrimp as a sauce so it’s multi-purpose.

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Creamy Tahini Salad Dressing

I created this dressing to go with a curly kale and avocado salad and found it works on other salads too, even on chicken and fish. It’s a nice change from the simple French Vinaigrette that I often make. I decided to post this separately as it’s too good to get lost in a salad recipe post and deserved it’s own mention.

What is Tahini

Tahini is sesame seed butter like almonds make almond butter. You might be familiar with it as an ingredient for making homemade hummus but is good for making dressings and other things too. Tahini has a mild, nutty flavor. I prefer the raw, untoasted type. Sometimes as the jar sits the oil separates from the paste and floats on top. Just get a table knife or something sturdy out and mix it together.

A Note on Allergies

Tahini is a great replacement for peanut butter if you peanut allergies. If you have tree nut allergies you might be OK with sesame seeds as they are not considered tree nuts, but certain proteins in sesame seeds can trigger allergy symptoms related to a nut allergy. The bottom line is be careful. Here is a good article with more information on sesame allergies.

Tahini Salad Dressing Tips and Subs

  • To make the garlic blend in smoothly, chop the cloves as finely as possible and then using the back of your knife, smear it into a smooth paste
  • If you don’t have ketchup, use a little tomato paste mixed with a little water
  • To make this vegan, use coconut aminos instead of soy sauce or tamari
  • If you don’t have unseasoned rice vinegar use white or champagne vinegar

Nutrition Facts
Creamy Tahini Salad Dressing
Amount Per Serving (2 tablespoons)
Calories 160 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 73mg3%
Potassium 23mg1%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 9IU0%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 7mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Creamy Tahini Salad Dressing

A rich and creamy salad dressing made with sesame seed paste, called Tahini. Shake it in a jar or use a blender. It will last a week in the fridge. Great over study greens like kale and romaine. Recipe doubles easily.
Course condiment
Cuisine American
Keyword dressing, Sauce, vinaigrette
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 6 2 Tablespoons each
Calories 160kcal


  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons tahini (sesame seed paste)
  • 1 large garlic clove finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons low sodium tamari or soy sauce sub coconut aminos
  • 2 teaspoons ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons unseasoned rice or white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Balsamic vinegar


  • Place all ingredients in a jar with a tight fitting lid and shake well until creamy. Alternatively use a blender on low speed and puree until creamy. If dressing is too thick thin with a little water.


Note - make it thicker and its a nice dip with raw veggies.


Serving: 2tablespoons | Calories: 160kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 73mg | Potassium: 23mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 9IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg



  1. Michelle K - May 22nd, 2020

    Thanks Sally! Will be trying this soon. Trying to make more salad dressings and I just bought some Tahini from Whole Foods. 🙂 One question, after it’s made, how long will it last in the fridge? A week? 🙂

  2. Sally Cameron - May 27th, 2020

    Hi M. There is nothing to really spoil in it, such as egg or dairy, but a week is safe.

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