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Tahini Sauce


  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp. tahini
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. lemon juice (about 1/2 a lemon)
  • 2 Tbsp. water
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 to 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup or honey (optional)


In a small bowl, stir together the tahini (being sure to stir the tahini itself first to make sure it is emulsified), olive oil, lemon juice, water, salt, and garlic. Taste. Add the maple syrup or honey if desired. (I like this dressing with a touch of sweetness.) Taste. Adjust with more salt, if necessary, and thin out with more water if necessary, too — the sauce should be pourable or the consistency of a traditional dressing.