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Smoky tahini dressing in a jar with a spoon.

Smoky Tahini Dressing

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  • Author: Allie
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Easy smoky tahini dressing, it’s great on buddha bowls, roasted vegetables, as a dip, or just a creamy dressing for your salad.


  • 1/2 cup tahini (stir well before measuring)
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons tamari or low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon smoked paprika (or 1/8 teaspoon liquid smoke and 1/2 teaspoon paprika)
  • 1/3-1/2 cup ice-cold water


  1. Add all of the ingredients except the water to a bowl, and whisk until combined.  
  2. When you mix everything together it will thicken up, then add the ice-cold water and keep whisking and it will thin out.  How much water you need depends on how smooth or thick your tahini is and your desired consistency.  Start with 1/3 cup for a thicker sauce and 1/2 cup for a thinner sauce.
  3. Store for up to a week covered in the refrigerator.
  4. If the dressing thickens up once chilled in the fridge, whisk in a tablespoon of water at a time to thin it out until you reach your desired consistency.


You can also add just a portion of the water needed in the recipe to the ingredients when you first whisk them together for ease, then add more to thin it out.

How much water you'll need will depend on your tahini, if it's pourable or not (thick).

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Category: dressing, sauce
  • Method: mix
  • Cuisine: American