This cilantro-lime tahini dressing recipe could not be easier to make – just combine the ingredients in a blender and puree! Less than 5 minutes from start to finish.
The one thing I never, ever buy at the supermarket is bottled dressing. Most dressings on store shelves are made with poor quality oils, tons of unnecessary sweeteners, emulsifiers, preservatives, and artificial ingredients. Not to mention, most store-bought dressings taste… well, not very good.
If you’re housing any store-bought dressing in your fridge now, walk on over there, pick up the bottle, and read the ingredients. If you don’t recognize the words, take the bottle and throw it in the trash – you do not need that kind of negativity in your life. (#selfcare)
Mixing up a batch of homemade dressing has been an easy and essential part of my meal prep routine for years. Whether I’m making salads, grain bowls or noodle salads throughout the week, having a dressing prepped in advance really streamlines the dinner-making process.
This cilantro-lime tahini sauce recipe is one of my go-to’s. The cilantro (or coriander, to our friends across the pond) lends a fresh, herbaceous quality to the dressing, while the lime juice adds tang and balances the richness and nuttiness of the tahini. And the pale green color is just gorgeous!
How to Make This Cilantro-Lime Tahini Dressing
Like stated before, this sauce could not be easier to make. All you need to do is combine tahini, water, lime juice, lots of fresh cilantro, garlic, and salt in a standard blender, Vitamix, or Nutribullet, and blend until smooth. Then transfer to a lidded airtight container and keep in the fridge for up to 4 days.
Tips for Buying Tahini
- Tahini is a sesame seed paste that’s widely used in middle eastern cooking. You can find it in most supermarkets today, either alongside the nut butters or in the international foods aisle.
- Be sure to read the ingredient label when purchasing tahini – the only ingredient should be sesame seeds.
- Tahini can vary in taste and texture depending on the brand. You may have to try a few before settling on one you love. In my experience, middle eastern brands are the best, and the lighter the color of the tahini, the less bitter it is. Whole Foods 365 is a reliable option.
- An opened jar of tahini will last in the fridge for up to 6 months. Aside from this cilantro sauce, you can slather it on toast (like peanut butter!), add it to smoothies, or try it in desserts (like these amazing vegan tahini brownies).
Use this cilantro-lime tahini sauce to dress your favorite greens (it’s especially good on massaged kale!), or to drizzle on a grain bowl or over roasted vegetables. You can also serve it alongside veggie burgers or falafel, or as a dip for chips or crudités.
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This tahini dressing is perfect for salads, grains bowls, falafel, and veggie burgers. You may also use it as a dip for crudités.
- 1 packed cup cilantro leaves with tender stems (about 1 small bunch)
- 1/2 cup well-stirred tahini (see note below)
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice (from 2 to 3 limes)
- 1 medium garlic clove
- 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
Combine all the ingredients in a blender, Vitamix, or Nutribullet. Puree until smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides of the blender as needed. Taste and adjust the seasonings if needed. Scrape into an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 4 days.
- Be sure to read the ingredient label when purchasing tahini – the only ingredient should be sesame seeds. Tahini can vary in taste and texture depending on the brand. You may have to try a few before settling on one you like. In my experience, middle eastern brands are the best, and the lighter the color of the tahini, the less bitter it is. Whole Foods 365 is a reliable option.
- Be careful not to overblend the sauce. Too much blending may overheat your tahini and alter its taste (making it too bitter).
- Serving Size: 2 tablespoons
- Calories: 96
- Fiber: 1.9 g
- Protein: 3 g
Keywords: dressing, tahini, lime, cilantro