Lemon Tahini Dressing – A Frequent Dressing of Mine

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Day 2. Sugar Cleanse. How are you doing? I feel pretty darn good. I had a pretty simple day 1; big smoothie for breakfast, made my raw chocolate mousse (sweetened with dates) topped with strawberries, Amy’s low sodium soup for lunch while I prepped my meals for the week, and this delicious plate for dinner (followed by a little more chocolate mousse!). I took off from the gym but plan to go today for some lifting and a spinning class.


Today I want to share with you one of my favorite dressings to put on greens. This is one of my most refreshing, zesty salad dressings. Although it has no oil, it does use tahini to get a rich creamy texture. Tahini is ground sesame seed paste and is perfect to add a little oomph to dressings and sauces. Sesames seeds have more absorbable calcium that any other food so enjoy them.

I normally use maple syrup but for the sugar cleanse I gave it a try with dates. If you soak them for a few hours it is easier to blend and you can use the soaking juice to sweeten it and other things like your tea for the week!


Lemon Tahini Dressing
Makes about 1 cup

1 small lemon, zested and juiced
1/4 cup water, or more as needed
2 tablespoons tahini (if you can get a hold of roasted it’s even better!)
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
5-6 pitted dates
1 teaspoon tamari
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
Black pepper, to taste
Cayenne, to taste

Mix all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Add more water as needed to get the consistency you prefer. Season with black pepper to taste. Refrigerate up to one week.

Comment List

  • Cari 16 / 06 / 2014 Reply

    How much maple syrup do you usually use?

    • christy 17 / 06 / 2014 Reply

      1 to 2 tablespoons, to taste really.

      • Lori Pitkowsky 30 / 06 / 2016

        i don’t see maple syrup in the recipe…?

      • christy 01 / 07 / 2016

        This uses dates but you can substitute maple (as explained in the text).

  • Teri Miller 17 / 06 / 2014 Reply

    I would also like to know about alternate sweeteners. I usually use agave, but could do the dates. Normally it would be easier to do the agave, so how much do you think I should use? Just eyeballing this I’d say 1/4 cup?

    • christy 17 / 06 / 2014 Reply

      The same as the question above, about 1-2 tablespoons to taste depending on how sweet you like it.

  • Linda Bull 17 / 06 / 2014 Reply

    I just made this Christy and it’s delicious! I’m tempted to drink it right out of the blender…

    • christy 17 / 06 / 2014 Reply

      Hahaha same here my dear 😉

  • Grace 07 / 07 / 2014 Reply

    Holy crap, thanks so much for posting this! It is gonna help when I research Sesame Tahini at the grocery store! So Terrific!

    • christy 27 / 06 / 2016 Reply

      Enjoy! I hope you can find it!

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