December 19


Oil-free Sweet Tahini Dressing

By Laura Nunemaker

December 19, 2021

I'm no stranger to tahini dressings. In fact, tahini is an addition that often pops up when you're trying to avoid added oil. But this Sweet Tahini Dressing got Kevin excited about salad. Oh, and it's gluten-free, too!

A versatile oil-free dressing

The little bit of sweetness from the maple syrup really knocks off the bitter edge that tahini can sometimes have. We love using this dressing on salads and bowls. It's particularly good on sweet potatoes. Because it's simple, you can use it in many ways. It's not anchored to any particular cuisine.

a black bowl containing salad with sweet tahini dressing on it.

If you use this sweet tahini dressing with only three added tablespoons of water it will still be fairly thick, especially just out of the fridge. Just thin it with water until it's the consistency you want.

How to reduce the calories of this dressing

At four servings, this recipe is a bit high in calories for some people. You will probably get 6 servings out of this recipe and you can thin it even more if you're counting calories.

No blender needed!

The best part about this recipe is that you don't need to bust out a blender. You can just stir it together in a bowl. This makes it easy for you to make at meal time, if needed, but it also keeps well in the refrigerator if you would rather make the dressing ahead of time for meal prep.

oil free tahini dressing in a glass mason jar with a grey plastic lid.

There's also a video below the recipe card showing just how easy this dressing comes together.

oil free tahini dressing in a glass mason jar with a grey plastic lid.

Oil-free Sweet Tahini Dressing

Yield: 4-6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This delightfully sweet tahini dressing will satisfy your craving for a creamy salad dressing and you can whip it up without a blender.



  1. Mince the garlic and set it aside.
  2. Add tahini, maple syrup, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, salt, and pepper to a small bowl. Stir until smooth.
  3. Add 3 tablespoons of water and stir to incorporate. If you like a thinner dressing, add more water until you get the consistency you want.
  4. Stir in the garlic. Taste and add salt or pepper if necessary. The garlic flavor will become more pronounced as it sits.
  5. Refrigerate until needed, for up to 5 days. You may need to thin with more water after refrigeration.


Nutritional information was calculated with Cronometer using 4 servings and the lesser amount of maple syrup.

nutritional information for sweet tahini dressing.

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Is tahini a staple in your pantry like it is mine? What's your favorite way to use it?

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About the author

Meat-free since 1996. Cow petter. Former vegan bakery owner. Full-time traveler for 5 years, usually in an RV, but not always. Half of VeganRV. Instant Pot lover. Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate, Completed January 2022, eCornell and T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies

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