Welcome to our 20 best recipes with tahini, where we invite you on a flavorful journey through breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Whether you’re craving a quick snack, a light meal, or a satisfying dessert, our repertoire of easy tahini recipes has you covered.

From simple dips and spreads to hearty mains and wholesome breakfasts that satisfy even the most discerning palates, each recipe delivers maximum flavor with minimal effort.

Easy recipes with tahini

What is tahini?

Tahini, or tahina (طحينة in Arabic), is a rich, nutty sesame seed paste.

The star ingredients are these delicious dishes’ velvety texture and rich, nutty taste.

Tahini also offers a versatile canvas for endless dishes and adds a dose of healthy fats to sandwiches, salads, dips, and many more.

It’s a creamy paste with a luscious texture crafted from hulled sesame seeds, which are toasted to perfection before being ground into a smooth, velvety consistency.

This ancient ingredient boasts a rich, nutty flavor profile, making it a beloved staple in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines.

Tahini with spoon

Our 20 best tahini recipes

1. Tahini sauce

Tahini sauce with a spoon

We start this list with one of our favorite ways of using tahini: creamy tahini sauce.

It’s a versatile dressing with a luscious texture and nutty undertones, perfect for drizzling over salads, falafel, and grain bowls.
You can also serve it as a dip with potatoes and pita chips for an easy appetizer.

2. Yogurt tahini dressing

Yogurt Tahini Dressing with bread and lemon

This velvety, creamy tahini yogurt sauce adds a nutty dimension to stuffed veggies, salads, and stews.

With a blend of tangy yogurt and rich tahini, it’s a 5-minute sauce that perfectly complements a variety of Mediterranean recipes.

3. Easy tahini salad

Tahini salad with chickpeas and lemon

Wondering how to use tahini with salads? Try this quick tahini salad with crispy chickpeas and fresh veggies.

Eat it with warm pita bread, falafel, and hummus as a side or main dish.

4. Creamy sesame noodles

Sesame noodles with grilled tofu

Tahini is the secret ingredient that makes the peanut sesame sauce velvety creamy.

We love this Asian-inspired dish for its chewy noodlesslightly sweet peanut sauce, and refreshing cucumber and mango on the side.

5. Hummus

Hummus on a plate with a silver spoon

Making hummus is as simple as blending chickpeas, tahini, a splash of lemon juice, and a clove of garlic.

The right type of tahini will elevate your hummus, giving it a creamy-dreamy texture with a subtle nutty taste and silky mouth feel.

6. Mediterranean bowl

Mediterranean bowl with tahini dressing

A velvety tahini drizzle perfectly complements colorful vegetables, proteinrich chickpeas, and crispy pita.

We eat this Mediterranean bowl for dinner with dips of all kinds, dressings with tahini, and garnish with lemon and fresh herbs.

7. Fatteh

Fatteh with hand and red nails

This loaded hummus recipe is elevated by a double dose of tahini, creating a MiddleEastern mix of vegetarian protein and textures.

The luscious tahini in the hummus and the yogurt sauce add a rich depth to this indulgent and satisfying appetizer.

8. Buddha bowl

Buddha bowl with peanut sauce

Tahini adds creamy to this Buddha bowl with fresh vegetables, pickled red onions, and lean protein (grilled tofu).

The tahini peanut butter dressing adds nutty richness and healthy fats to this grain bowl.

9. Baba Ganoush

baba ganoush spread out on a serving platter with olive oil and smoked paprika

Eggplant dip, or baba ganoush, is a creamy and smooth dip infused with lemon and tahini.

The rich tahini and zesty lemon create an indulgent spread perfect for cookouts, potlucks, and special occasions.

10. Whole roasted cauliflower

Whole roasted cauliflower with chermoula, pita bread and fresh lemon

Whole roasted cauliflower is a tasty centerpiece covered in harissa marinade and a refreshing lemon tahini sauce.

Enjoy this Mediterranean dish with couscous, hummus, shirazi salad, and pita bread.

11. Mutabal

Mutabal with spoon and hand

This yogurt dip with charred eggplant is enriched with creamy tahini and fragrant spices.

Mutabal – sometimes spelled moutabal – is a tasty Middle Eastern dip with a beautiful smoky flavor. The recipe is easy to make, with a few ingredients mixed in a blender until creamy.

12. Roasted cauliflower salad

Cauliflower salad on a white plate

Tender roasted cauliflower florets are perfectly complemented by crispy chickpeas and drizzled with a lusciously healthy tahini sauce.

This vibrant salad is excellent for meal prep and lunchbox meals as it stores well in the fridge.

13. Avocado spread

Avocado spread in a bowl

We blend avocado with lemon and tahini to achieve a creamy-dreamy texture and a rich, nutty flavor.

If you haven’t tried this avocado recipe yet, you are in for a treat. It’s perfect in sandwiches, wraps, and as a dip served with fresh veggies.

14. Tofu cream cheese

white tofu cream cheese with hand

Blending tofu and tahini creates a lusciously smooth, rich vegan creamcheese.”

This quick and easy tofu recipe provides loads of vegan protein and a nut-free cheese alternative. It takes 5 minutes to make and can be spread on bagels, sandwiches, and bruschetta.

15. White bean dip

White bean dip and hand with a pita chip

White bean dip with tahini is a velvety, smooth, and delicious appetizer idea.

It’s an easy recipe that can be made in 5 minutes with creamy cannellini beans, tahini, herbs, and a food processor. It pairs well with focaccia bread and pita chips and even works as a pasta sauce.

16. Easy lentil hummus

Lentil hummus with hand holding a pita and cherry tomatoes on the side

The tender texture of lentils pairs well with nutty tahini in this creamy and earthy lentil hummus.

Make it with cooked brown lentils for a 5minute dip idea, and serve it with toasted bread.

17. Oil-free granola

homemade granola with pomegranate

Tahini is a natural and wholesome ingredient that allows us to replace oil in this healthy granola recipe.

It adds a ton of flavor and nuttyearthy notes, hugging the nuts and oats and making the granola an excellent breakfast idea.

18. Roasted pepper hummus

roasted red pepper hummus dipped with pita bread

Next on our list is this velvety, creamy hummus variation with roasted bell peppers.

Compared to the original hummus, roasted red pepper hummus has a slightly sweet and smokey flavor and a vibrant color. It has pita bread, crackers, veggies, wraps, and sandwiches.

19. Cauliflower soup

cauliflower soup with purple olives and a drizzle of olive oil

Unlike most cauliflower soup recipes that use butter, cheese, or cream, we use creamy-dreamy tahini to give character and substance to this delicious soup recipe.

The soup is naturally vegan, gluten-free, and packed with healthy fats and minerals. Tahini is the perfect substitute for butter, cheese, and cream in this recipe.

20. Piyaz salad

Piyaz salad with red onions and parsley

Next is one of our favorite Turkish salads, Fasulye Piyazi. It’s a creamy, indulgent, yet healthy and nutritious vegetarian meal.

And as you all might have guessed, Fasulye stands for beans. It differs slightly from a classic white bean salad and is more similar to a tahini salad as it uses tahini sauce for the dressing.

21. Chickpea curry salad

Curry chickpea salad with cucumber and a hand

You’ll love this curry chickpea salad because it’s quick, tasty, and indulgent while being healthy and protein-packed.

The secret is a mix of tahini, yogurt, mango, and curry powder blended into the most delicious, nutty, curried, and creamiest dressing you’ll ever taste.

22. Eggplant boats with tahini

roasted eggplant boats with tahini sauce and lemon juice

We end this recipe roundup with a tender roasted eggplant recipe and a drizzle of tahini sauce; it’s excellent as a vegetable side dish or appetizer idea.

Eggplant’s fiberrich flesh complements tahini’s antioxidant content, crafting a nutritious alliance rich in vitamins and a wholesome choice for any meal.

More recipes that pair well with tahini

Protein-rich mains include zucchini fritters, lentil patties, and chickpea fritters.

Chickpea fritters held by a hand and tahini dip in the middle

Salads, grain bowls, and vegetable side dishes, such as:

Easy recipes with tahini including appetizers, salads, and mains

20 Recipes with Tahini

By: Nico Pallotta
5 from 2 votes
With these 20 easy recipes with tahini, we'll explore tasty tahiniinfused dishes that are delicious and effortless to make.
Tahini sauce is a creamy, tasty, and versatile condiment you can make in a few minutes with tahini, lemon, garlic, water, and salt.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 12 tablespoons
Course: Dressing & Sauces
Cuisine: Middle-Eastern

Ingredients

  • cup tahini made with 100% hulled sesame seeds, light-colored
  • cup water
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic peeled and crushed
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Instructions 

  • Stir the content of your tahini jar with a spoon. It's possible that if you haven't used it in a while, the sesame oils and the sesame paste separate, so giving it a quick stir before using it helps.
    Pour ⅓ cup tahini into a medium bowl, then add ⅓ cup water, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 1 clove garlic (peeled and crushed), and ¼ teaspoon salt.
    Tahini sauce in a bowl before mixing
  • Whisk for about a minute or until the ingredients turn into a smooth and velvety sauce.
    Tahini sauce in a bowl with hand
  • Taste and adjust the amount of lemon juice, garlic, salt, and water to suit your preferences.
    Tahini sauce with a silver spoon
  • Serve with hummus and falafel or drizzle on your favorite veggies, salads, grain bowls, and more.
    tahini sauce as a dip for roasted potatoes

Notes

Nutrition information is an estimate for 1 tablespoon of tahini sauce.
TIPS
Tahini: tahini should be light in color, smooth, and creamy but quite runny, not dark, pasty, and gritty. It should possibly be imported from Lebanon or Palestine, with Arabic text on the package, and made with 100% hulled sesame seeds. No other ingredients should appear on the label.
Garlic: to crush the garlic, use the flat side of your knife’s blade, pressing down with the palm of your hand. Avoid minced, grated, or pressed garlic because it’ll make your tahini sauce too garlicky and grainy.
STORAGE
Make ahead: you can make tahini sauce up to 4 days ahead as it keeps well in the fridge. However, after 24 hours, tahini sauce starts to thicken up, so you might have to add a dash of water to make it drizzle-able again.
Refrigerator: keep in a sealed jar in the fridge for up to 5 days. Stir well before serving it. Also, you might want to add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice or a dash of water after a couple of days to thin it up a little.
Freezer: to freeze tahini sauce, transfer it to ice cube trays and freeze it for up to 6 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight.

Nutrition

Calories: 40kcal, Carbohydrates: 2g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 0.5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Potassium: 34mg, Dietary Fiber: 0.3g, Sugar: 0.1g, Vitamin A: 5IU, Vitamin B6: 0.01mg, Vitamin C: 1mg, Vitamin E: 0.004mg, Vitamin K: 0.004µg, Calcium: 10mg, Folate: 7µg, Iron: 0.3mg, Manganese: 0.004mg, Magnesium: 7mg, Zinc: 0.3mg
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