Lemon Tahini Dressing

Lemon Tahini Dressing Kate Chury Dietitian Northwest Calgary

You know when you find a new taste combination and you just can’t get enough of it? Well, this is me and the lemon-tahini flavour combo right now. There’s something about the tartness of the lemon and the smooth and nutty flavour of the tahini that keeps me coming back for more. What’s great about this Lemon Tahini Dressing is that not only is it fantastic on salads (like my Kale and Quinoa Super Salad), it can also be used on veggie-packed rice bowls or as a simple spread on a sandwich.

What I also love about this dressing, besides the taste, is that it’s full of healthy fats (from the olive oil and sesame/tahini), as well as, a source of calcium. While it may not be a huge calcium hit as you probably won't have more than 1-2 tablespoons at a time, it does provide a little bit. Considering that there are a number of people who don’t get enough calcium, this is another great way to get a dose of the bone building mineral.

The lovely thing about this Lemon Tahini Dressing, is that you can alter it to your preferences. The below recipe used the juice of 1 ½ lemons but if you want to amp up the tartness, add more fresh squeezed lemon juice. I also like to play with the thickness of the dressing at times. For a more spreadable product, decrease the amount of water. This thicker version of the dressing makes a great spread and turns your sandwich from good to great. 

Lemon Tahini Salad Dressing Kate Chury Registered Dietitian Northwest Calgary


Combine ingredients in food processor and blend until smooth. If you prefer a thinner dressing, add more water to mixture. Enjoy. 

Keep in a sealed container and store in refrigerator for 3-4 days.




  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) tahini
  • 1 tbsp (15ml) dijon mustard
  • ⅓ cup (80ml) lemon juice, fresh squeezed (juice of ~ 1 ½ lemons)
  • 2 tbsp (30ml) olive oil
  • 2 tbsp (30ml) water

Serving size: 1-2 tbsp. 

**Try this dressing with my Kale and Quinoa Super Salad


Lemon Tahini Dressing Northwest Calgary Registered Dietitian