Citrus Tahini Dressing – Bold and Creamy Salad Topper 100% Nut Free

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Veggies taste better when covered with a bright n creamy dressing. My tahini dressing recipe is incredibly simple to create, and can turn a variety of vegetables into saving treats. I originally created this tahini salad dressing for my Chickpea Salad. Yet feel free to use it on the salad of your choice!

It’s too good to limit to just one salad recipe.

whisking tahini salad dressing recipe

Tips for the Perfect Tahini Dressing

Use quality olive oil. Homemade dressing is the perfect time to pull out that high end olive oil in the back of the pantry. You know, the one you found at the artisan oil shop but just can’t bring yourself to use on veggies? I can tell the difference when using different olive oils in dressing, since the amounts are so much more concentrated. So find a good one (you don’t need a big bottle of it!) and enjoy.

Find a brand of tahini you like. Tahini is slightly bitter and definitely has a flavor. So make sure the one you use is one you like! I prefer Trader Joe’s brand. It even comes in a cute jar.

The end consistency should be pourable, not a dip. My tahini dressing recipe would honestly make a great dipping sauce if you cut back slightly on the liquid to thicken it. Yet to make it work well with salads, it has to pour easily. So if you whisk the ingredients together and still can’t get it to run slightly, then add just a bit more oil or water until the proper consistency is achieved.

Great salad dressing is worth the effort!

Easy Ingredient Swaps

If you’ve never tried tahini before then this is the perfect recipe for your first taste test. Tahini is a healthy fat made from ground sesame seeds in Mediterranean dishes. Yet if you know tahini isn’t your thing or you don’t have it on hand just swap in almond, sunflower or cashew butter. Know the end result will vary in consistency + thickness.

Orange juice is used to bring a bit of sweetness to this dressing, yet can be swapped with a Meyer lemon or tangerine.

Tamari is a gluten-free soy sauce. So if you are trying to avoid soy ingredients then swap this out for coconut aminos.

ingredients for a nut free dressing

How to Make A Simple Salad Dressing

All you really need to make salad dressing is an oil + an acid. This typically comes in the form of olive oil + some kind of citrus juice. Then go crazy adding your fav seasonings and flavor enhancers to achieve the result you want. I use fresh orange juice in this tahini salad dressing to provide a sweetness to all the savory ingredients.

Tahini Dressing FAQs

How do you make tahini dressing?

My dressing uses tahini, fresh orange juice, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, tamari and a bit of minced garlic. It’s citrus-y and super creamy.

What goes well with tahini dressing?

I love the Mediterranean-inspired flavor that goes into this dressing and primarily use it on a my Sweet & Crunchy Chickpea Salad- full of chickpeas, cucumbers, bell pepper, spinach, carrots, and seeds.

What does tahini taste like?

Tahini is made from sesame seeds. It looks like peanut butter but isn’t sweet. Instead it’s got an earthy, slightly bitter taste.

Homemade Dressing Recipes

Pretty much all of my dressing recipes have the same base: oil + acidic. Then I play with seasonings and flavors until I get the perfect combo for that particular salad. Feel free to tweak these recipes to fit your tastebuds, you’re the one who’s gonna eat these!

tahini salad dressing

Tahini Dressing

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This simple dressing is bursting with bright citrus flavor paired with a nutty tahini cream. It is both oh so good and oh so good for you. Use it as a gorgeous charcuterie dipping sauce or salad dressing. I originally created it to top my Crunchy Chickpea Salad from my Autumn Cleanse.

Total Time10 minutes



  • 2 . tahini
  • 2 . orange (juiced)
  • 2 . olive oil
  • 2 test apple cider vinegar
  • 1 test tamari
  • ½ clove garlic (minced)


  • Whisk all ingredients together until well combined. Add extra oil or water if dressing is too thick.

  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to use.


  • Tahini can be replaced with sunflower butter, almond butter or cashew butter (though final texture will change).
  • For best results use a good tasting olive oil as you will notice a difference. This IS the time to break out that fancy oil you got on vacation or as a gift!
  • To make this soy-free replace tamari (gluten-free soy sauce) with coconut aminos.
  • This dressing is a great topper for my Sweet & Crunchy Chickpea Salad.
  • Store up to 3 days in the refrigerator. Shake well before using.
  • Tamari is very salty on its own, so no need to add extra salt to this recipe. It might feel weird to omit it, so just tell me you’ll try the dressing before adding in extra salt!

Nutrition (estimated)

Calories: 228kcal (11%) Carbohydrates: 7g (2%) Protein: 3g (6%) Fat: 22g (34%) Saturated Fat: 3g (19%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g Monnounsaturated Fat: 13g Sodium: 7mg Potassium: 118mg (3%) Fiber: 1g (4%) Sugar: 3g (3%) Vitamin A: 44IU (1%) Vitamin C: 9mg (11%) Calcium: 31mg (3%) Iron: 1mg (6%)