Tahini Dip

Recipe for Tahini Dip and What is Tahini?

Once upon a time I used to hate tahini.  Now that I think about it, I still don’t like the stuff.  It’s very bitter.  Have you noticed?

You’ve never had tahini?  What is tahini?

Tahini is sort of like very bitter peanut butter. (My apologies to all you tahini fans.)

It’s made by grinding sesame seeds into a thin paste … just like peanut butter is made by grinding up peanuts.  Only tahini is bitter.  I guess I already said that.

But tahini is very good-for-you.  It’s rich in calcium (good for the bones) and B vitamins (good for the nerves).  And tahini is a good source of plant estrogens called lignans, which have antioxidant properties.  So it’s healthy. And I wish I liked it, but I don’t.

BUT I do like this awesome tahini dip.

With carrots.

With cucumbers.

Drizzled over cooked kale.

With celery sticks.

With pita chips.

On top of cooked broccoli.

On just about anything.  But not cereal.

If you’ve never tried tahini or if you don’t like tahini, you should try this.

This recipe is quite user-friendly.  It takes about 5 minutes to make and you don’t even need a blender.

Tahini Dip

A high-fiber dip that’s free of refined fats and full of vitamins and minerals.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Dip
YIELD 4 servings
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  • 1/2 cup roasted tahini
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice - scant, (fresh, if possible)
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed - or 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup water - (or to desired consistency)


  • Stir together tahini, lemon juice, garlic, onion powder, and salt with a fork. Mixture will become very thick.
  • Add about 3 tablespoons of the water and whip together with fork until mixture is very smooth and dressing becomes thick. Add more water if needed to achieve desired consistency.

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  1. I can not wait to try this. I actually really like Tahini! I mix it in with my cooked kale regularly…delish! Thanks for the recipe!!

  2. 5 stars
    I like tahini. I’m definitely going to give this a try. Sounds like something that will be good over potatoes. I promise not to put it on my cereal!

  3. I make a similar mixture, except mine is more watered down so that it’s thinner and I use it as a dressing over grilled chicken salad…so good. But I’ve never thought over making a thicker version and using it as a dip. Great idea! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Hi Lindsay,
    We like to thin ours down (and add a few seasonings) and use it as a salad dressing too.
    I agree … sooo good!!

  5. 5 stars
    I was looking for an easy vegan dip for carrots and stumbled upon this recipe. It’s perfect. I will be using this as a veg dip and a dip for falafel and, as other suggest, thinned as a salad dressing.

    Thanks very much for a delicious and super-simple/fast dip recipe.


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