Easy Oil-Free Spiced Tahini Dressing


Easy Oil-Free Spiced Tahini Dressing

Easy |  Servings: 4  |  Ready In: 5 minutes |  Yield: about 1/2 cup

Tahini is made from ground sesame seeds.  If offers a creamy base for this simple oil-free dressing.  Spiced with bold flavors from cumin, chili powder, and cayenne, this easy plant-based recipe will become your go-to for quick sauces.  Use it on a Quinoa Buddha BowlEasy Oil-Free Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges or a 5 Minute Lemon Tahini Potato Bowl.


  • 1/4 cup (56 g) tahini
  • 1/2 teaspoon each: chili powder, ground turmeric, ground cumin
  • dash of cayenne (optional)
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1/4-1/2 cup hot water, as needed

How it’s Done:

To make the Easy Oil-Free Spiced Tahini Dressing: In blender, combine all ingredients, starting with 1/4 cup of water. Puree to combine, adding more water, as needed, to reach a smooth, pourable consistency.  Continue to let the blender run another 1-2 minutes, until there is some warmth coming from the motor.  The heat will help activate the spices for a more intense flavor.  (You can also throw everything in the microwave for 45 seconds to warm).

Quinoa Buddha Bowl with Sweet Potatoes, Chickpeas, Kale, Spicy Tahini Dressing – Healthy, Vegan, Oil-Free Recipe

Chef’ Katie’s Tips

Oil-Free Mission: I’m on a mission to get rid of empty calories, and oil is the most calorie-dense food. For this recipe, tahini adds rich, nutty flavor, while also bringing healthy fiber and key nutrients. You can substitute with other roasted nut or seed butter (like almond butter, sunflower seed butter, or even peanut butter).  For a less calorie-dense option, swap out the tahini for 1/2 cup chickpeas.

Make it Raw: For a raw version of this recipe, use raw tahini.  Be careful not to let the blender overheat.  You may to add more salt and spices as heat helps intensify the flavors of the spices.

Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts
Servings 4.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 96
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9 g 13 %
Saturated Fat 1 g 6 %
Monounsaturated Fat 0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0 %
Sodium 20 mg 1 %
Potassium 6 mg 0 %
Total Carbohydrate 2 g 1 %
Dietary Fiber 1 g 2 %
Sugars 0 g
Protein 4 g 8 %
Vitamin A 1 %
Vitamin C 4 %
Calcium 2 %
Iron 8 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Shopping and Gear List

  • Kevala  Organic Sesami Tahini, 16 Ounce
  • Anthony’s Organic Ground Cumin (1lb), Gluten Free
  • Del Campo Gourmet Seasoning and Spice Set


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