This versatile Honey Tahini Dressing comes together in minutes and is great as a salad dressing, sandwich spread, or glaze for meats.
If you’re looking for a flavorful and versatile salad dressing, you’ve got to try this Honey Tahini Dressing! Other than possibly the tahini, you probably have the rest of the ingredients you need like honey, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, and orange juice.
This homemade dressing can be mixed up in minutes and stored for a week in the fridge. Use it on salads, as a dip, or as a sandwich spread. You can read more about honey tahini dressing below or click here to head straight to the recipe.
What Is Tahini?
Tahini is just like almond butter or sun nut butter, but with ground sesame seeds. If you make your own hummus, you’re probably familiar with it already! It’s often sold in the Middle Eastern food section in the grocery store or sometimes with the other nut butters.
Look for a brand that offers roasted and ground sesame for the best flavor. Like other natural nut and seed butters, the oil and ground seed will have separated after being packaged. You’ll want to give the tahini a good stir before using so it’s thoroughly mixed.
Making Honey Tahini Dressing
In addition to tahini, this dressing is made with olive oil, apple cider vinegar, honey, and some orange juice. Want to keep this vegan? Substitute agave or maple syrup for the honey. It’s seasoned with some fresh minced garlic and shallot as well as cumin and salt to create a wonderfully balanced sauce that can be used for more than just salad dressing.
To make the dressing, whisk together the all the ingredients in a medium bowl. The recipe as written will make about a half cup but it can be easily doubled. It can be made a day or two ahead of time, too.
Uses For Tahini Salad Dressing
Of course, you can use it as a salad dressing like in this gorgeous Rainbow Salad. I think it works great with kale, carrots, beets, and more.
It is equally good used as a sandwich spread, a dip for homemade chicken or vegetable nuggets, a dressing or dip for vegetables, or a glaze for baked chicken and fish.
Try drizzling it over a quinoa or rice bowl with chickpeas and veggies. Or perhaps on a falafel wrap. So many good options for using this that you’ll want to make it again and again.
You can store any leftover dressing in the refrigerator up to 7 days in a glass or ceramic container.Print
- 2 Tbsp. honey
- 2 Tbsp. olive oil
- 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
- 1 Tbsp. orange juice
- 1/4 cup tahini
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 Tbsp. minced shallot or onion
- 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- In a medium bowl whisk together honey, olive oil, vinegar, orange juice, tahini, garlic, shallot, cumin, and salt until smooth.
- Serve immediately or refrigerate up to 7 days in a glass or ceramic air-tight container.
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This post originally appeared in June 2022 and was revised and republished in February 2023.