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Cilantro Tahini Dressing

Cilantro Tahini Dressing! This delicious dressing or dip is made with tahini -- a ground sesame seed paste -- and is so versatile! Use it as a dip, spread or dressing for an unexpected creamy richness without any dairy.
Prep Time2 hrs 5 mins
Chill Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 5 mins
Course: Appetizer, Dressing, Sauce
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 cups
Author: The Kitchen Prep


  • ¾ cup tahini
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 cup cilantro
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • ½ cup water see notes


  • Place all of the ingredients in a food processor or blender.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • The spread may seem slightly runny at first but will thicken up as it chills in the refrigerator. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours to allow flavors to marry. Serve with crudites, crackers or as a spread in sandwiches and wraps.


If you would like a thinner consistency to use as a dressing, add a tablespoon of water at a time more until you've reached the desired thickness. This mixture tends to thicken a bit in the refrigerator once it chills.
  • Lemon Herb Tahini Dressing. Use any combination of herbs and the zest of one lemon for extra lemony flavor.
  • Tahini Yogurt Dressing. Add extra creaminess and tanginess by blending in ¼ cup of plain yogurt.
  • Spicy Tahini Dressing. Add half of a jalapeno pepper or a ¼ teaspoon of cayenne pepper to give it some heat.