Cilantro Tahini Dressing

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Cilantro Tahini Dressing over Rice Veggies and Grilled Tofu Triangles
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A fantastic dressing recipe is sometimes very hard to find! Sure, you can use your usual vinaigrette or a boring bottle from the grocery store, but is that what you really want? Wouldn’t you be more satisfied with something fresh, homemade, and absolutely spoon-licking, like this delicious, vegan cilantro tahini dressing?

I don’t know about you, but I am addicted to tahini. It’s so incredibly creamy with a super sesame seed aftertaste that has you going back for more…and more! Imagine adding to that a touch of tangy, tart lemon juice, savory spices, and a tiny bit of sweet and salty flavor. Absolute heaven!

How to Serve It Up

There are so many ways to use this appetizing dressing to your advantage. Our Cilantro Tahini Dressing is literally delicious on anything––and everything!

  • Start With Salad – A super way to use this tasty dressing is to add a few spoonfuls to your simple salad. Check out our Superhero Salad Guide for more inspiration!
  • Terrific Taco Topping – You’ll love how this scrumptious sauce will make your tacos and burritos 10x better. Cool dressing on warm beans is the best! Just substitute some cumin or chili spice for the ginger.
  • Crudite Cravings – Use as a delectable dip for your colorful carrots, crisp cucumber, and crunchy celery. Add less water when creating the recipe for a thicker consistency. Excellent choice for a hummus platter, too!
  • Pour Over Potatoes – I feel like I suggest this a lot, but potatoes are a perfect base for almost all toppings. Especially dressings. Your baked potatoes, air fryer sweet potato fries and stuffed potatoes will thank you for the addition of this savory sauce!
  • Break Out the Buddha Bowls – Give some razzle dazzle to your rice dish by drizzling some of this dressing over the top. Our Easy Vegan Pad Thai recipe or even this Vegetable Pasta dish would sparkle with a little bit of ginger-spiced sauce!

Spice Suggestions

Once you make this cool and creamy sauce, you’ll be hooked––and hungry! Of course, you can always adjust the spice level to make it your own: add more or less ginger, call in some cayenne or crushed red pepper, and maybe surprise yourself with a wee bit of wasabi. But, I think you’ll fall in love (at first taste) with this fabulous dressing as is.

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Cilantro Tahini Dressing

Author: Michelle Cehn & Toni Okamoto
5 from 9 votes
Adding this cilantro tahini dressing is the best way to make a brilliant Buddha bowl! This enticing dressing is cool and creamy with a slightly spicy kick that will soon become a family favorite. It's beautifully green and perfect drizzled on top of roasted veggies, rice or other grains, or salad greens. 
Cilantro Tahini Dressing
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 4


  • ½ cup tahini
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 6 sprigs cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger
  • 1 handful spinach
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon sugar


  • Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend on high until completely smooth and creamy. 


If this dressing is too thick for your liking, add a little bit of water and blend until you reach your dream dressing consistency.  


Calories: 191kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 562mg | Potassium: 236mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 949IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 2mg
Course — Dressing
Cuisine — American
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Cilantro Tahini Dressing

Simple Storing

Pour any of your leftover vegan Cilantro Tahini dressing into a mason jar with a lid and refrigerate. This dressing will easily last 3 days and, if it’s too thick after that time, just add a little bit of warm water and shake well.

A good idea to make a double (or triple!) batch so you can share it with your family (unless you’re selfish like me and eat it all yourself on numerous salads) and have enough to last the entire week. There are so many ways you can use this delicious dressing that I promise you’ll wish you had made more in the beginning!

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We want to thank our amazing recipe testers Anne Sparks & J.J.Steele for helping us perfect this recipe!

Vegan Cilantro Tahini Dressing recipe by Michelle Cehn and Toni Okamoto for World of Vegan. Copyright of World of Vegan™, all rights reserved. Article written by Gina House and edited by Amanda Meth.

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  1. 5 stars
    This sauce is really delicious! I was looking for a tahini sauce with no oil, something a little different—and this was perfect! Thanks!

  2. 5 stars
    If you’re a cilantro lover, you’ll love this!

  3. 5 stars
    This sauce looks like it will definitely add a unique flavour to any dish.

  4. Beatriz Buono-Core says:

    5 stars
    Such a perfect dressing for colorful bowls! Yum!

  5. 5 stars
    I love all things tahini! An herby and creamy dressing that makes any salad 10x better!

  6. Andrea White says:

    5 stars
    Yum! Love how colorful this is! Looks delicious!

  7. 5 stars
    This is such a beautiful green dressing! I LOVE cilantro, so this is definitely up my alley 🙂 Great on tacos too!

  8. 5 stars
    Love this fresh and easy recipe! Cilantro dressing goes so well with so many foods 🙂

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