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Lemon Garlic Herb Tahini Dressing

This garlic lemon herb tahini dressing is creamy, herb forward and easy to whip up boasting multiple uses from salads to vegetables to meats!

Garlic herb tahini dressing

You know that tiny bit of anxiety you get when you bring a dish to a party, set it on the table and then secretly spend the rest of the time praying people will eat it?

No? Just me?

Well that’s what happened with this on Easter.

My mom asked me to bring a side dish of vegetables so I threw together some barely cooked asparagus, raw shaved zucchini and stuffed green olives in the biggest pasta bowl I have, dressed it with just some olive oil, lemon and garlic and then went to work on this dressing to be served on the side.

Garlic herb dressing

I used a basic tahini dressing recipe as inspiration but literally just starting throwing things like lemon and fresh herbs into the food processor with abandon and adjusting after a few pulses here and there.

You should see the notepad I write recipes on, this one looks like something out of A Beautiful Mind, minus the whole genius/schizo part.

I’ve only had tahini in my hands for literally a week now, but I can 100% say that this will be one of my go to uses for it.

It basically turned what would otherwise be called a pesto into an amazing lemon herb tahini dressing with savory garlic undertones.

Put it on a salad (like a delicious tatsoi salad), drizzle it over raw, grilled or roasted vegetables (like this roasted romanesco or grilled artichokes), use it as a pasta sauce, maybe an unconventional hollandaise sauce over eggs…

Possibilities = endless with this garlicky lemon herb tahini dressing.

Garlic tahini dressing

Don’t worry, I did actually wash the basil that went into the dressing.

I can’t even tell you how much the sand on those leaves is bothering me in this picture (deep breaths).

So I sit down with my plate of food assuming no one will say anything about the vegetables when there’s french toast casserole, potato leek casserole, a ham, a lamb roast, muffins and 10 desserts strewn across the kitchen counter resigning to the fact that I’ll probably be taking home every damn zucchini ribbon that I spent 30 minutes peeling and guess what?

It happened.

That “oh my gosh, who made this?” question that everyone hopes is about their dish.

I turn around expecting to see someone with their face full of dessert to see my aunt with a forkful of veggies raised in the air looking around for someone to claim it as theirs.

All I could do was smile.

Veggies with lemon herb tahini dressing for the win.

It may not have bitchin’ in its name but it sure acts like it.

MORE RECIPES WITH TAHINI TO TRY:

Roasted sweet potato, squash and chickpea fall salad
Blueberry White Bean Salad with Tahini Turmeric Dressing
Yogurt Tahini Mediterranean Carrot Salad

Garlic herb tahini dressing

Garlic Herb Tahini Dressing

Yield: about 1 cup
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This garlic herb tahini dressing is an easy dressing to whip up with many uses.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup parsley
  • 1/4 cup basil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • salt & pepper

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 67Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 21mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 1g

This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition information can vary for a variety of reasons. For the most precise nutritional data use your preferred nutrition calculator based on the actual ingredients you used in the recipe.

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Aylin @ Glow Kitchen

Saturday 14th of April 2012

I'm slobbering looking at this! All my favorite things in one dressing. I would probably drink that as a smoothie...just kidding?

Baking Serendipity

Saturday 14th of April 2012

I totally get nervous when I bring a new dish too...but rarely get raves over veggies. Definitely trying this salad dressing! I just bought tahini too and have been loving it in hummus...but now I'm seeing worlds of new opportunity for it. Thank you!

cassie

Friday 13th of April 2012

I am so on this, Gina. Love the flavors. Tahini makes such great sauces. Love it!

Kelly W

Friday 13th of April 2012

I need to know where you get these super cute spoons!

Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons

Friday 13th of April 2012

haha the sandy basil looks like it has fur! =) Mine gets like that too -- the green onions in my garden are also covered with sand at all times. And my peppers are stunted... and.... hot garden mess over here =)

The dressing looks amaaaaazing as always chica! Your photos keep getting better and better! xo

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