I’ve wanted to make something with tahini for a long time. What better way to start than with a simple salad dressing? After all, salad dressings and vinaigrettes are super easy to make. Add an acid, such as vinegar or lemon juice to some oil, mix in some mustard and other herbs and spices, and you have a homemade dressing. All I had to do is add in some tahini and blend it all together. And that, my friends, is how this Lemon Tahini Salad Dressing came to be. In all honesty, vinaigrettes and salad dressings are an easy way to experiment with ingredients you’re unfamiliar with — at least they are for me.
What is tahini?
Made from finely ground sesame seeds, tahini is a paste, similar to nut butter, often used in a variety of cuisines, especially in areas of around the Mediterranean. You can easily find it in grocery stores or make your own at home. Just do a quick search on the internet and you have your pick of recipes to choose from.
Lemon Tahini Salad Dressing
- 2 tablespoon tahini
- 2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 3 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 teaspoon real maple syrup
- ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon za’atar spice blend
- ¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
Place all ingredients in a small bowl and blend using a whisk or hand blender.