Are you ready for a culinary adventure? If so, let’s get going! Imagine bursts of the brightest citrusy lemon paired with the nutty and velvety richness of tahini and lots of garlic to compliment all the flavors—sounds heavenly, right?
Well, we are going to share our delicious lemon herb tahini salad dressing with garlic that has been our “go to” salad dressing for years. What’s nice is that there is no added oil, just the natural goodness from the sesame seeds in the tahini. This recipe will tantalize your taste buds and make your salad more than just a side dish. Yum! Let’s do this.
What does tahini taste like?
Tahini is like the wild child of condiments; you just never know what it is going to taste like because it is a blank slate and can be used on so many different dishes!
It’s a creamy, dreamy deliciousness that could be perfectly described as somewhere between peanut butter and hummus.
Packed with a unique nutty flavor and made of ground sesame seeds, tahini can be used as a dip, a spread, or even in baking to create an extra depth of flavor.
So if you’re looking for something special and different to liven up your next meal or snack, tahini is definitely the way to go, especially a fantastic tahini salad dressing like the one you will discover as you read on!
Is tahini gluten-free?
Yes! Tahini is free of gluten. It is made of sesame seeds, which do not contain gluten. So if you are looking for bold flavor that is full of depth without the inflammatory trigger of gluten, tahini is your friend!
Ingredients for Lemon Herb Tahini Salad Dressing Recipe with Garlic
- 2 cloves of garlic
- Juice from one small lemon (we found these teeny tiny sweet lemons, so we are using 2 of them)
- ¼ cup tahini
- Pinch of salt
- Fresh chopped cilantro
- Optional maple syrup, sweeten to taste
- Optional ½ teaspoon of paprika for color
- Easily peel the garlic by smashing it with the side of a knife to loosen the peels.
You don’t have to worry about getting the seeds into your dressing if you have a citrus squeezer. We recommend a metal one because the plastic ones do not last!
If you don’t have one, just squeeze it by hand. But since you are going to love this dressing, if you want to know a good one to buy in the future, this one is great:
Senday Lemon Squeezer Stainless Steel Manual Fruit Squeezer
– Citrus Fruit Juice Reamer
– Fast Handle Press Tool
-Manual Juicer Perfect for Juicing Oranges, Pomegranate, Lemons & Limes
Squeeze the fresh lemon juice into the food processor with the chopped garlic.
Process in the tahini.
It will be quite thick after this. Now is the time to keep adding water until you reach the consistency that you want.
We like it to drip off a spoon so that it can be easily poured onto the salad.
Once you add enough water to reach your desired consistency, you are done with that part.
Add the chopped cilantro at this point.
You may choose to add the optional half teaspoon of paprika to give it a nice color. If not, your dressing will be whitish, which is just fine too!
If you are not using all of this, or you made extra so you can have some for later, we like to save jars just for this purpose.
This jar is tall and small. It was a jar of sun-dried tomatoes, and we use it all the time for dressings. There’s no need to go out and buy a specific glass container to store your dressing unless you want to.
Just be sure that you store your lemon herb tahini salad dressing with garlic in glass, as plastic is not a good container for oils due to components of the plastic breaking down into them over time.
We hope you are going to enjoy an epic salad tonight with lemon herb tahini with garlic dressing. You are likely going to want to make this dressing one of your regulars!
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