This light and tangy Creamy Cilantro Lime Tahini Dressing is super quick to make, just a few ingredients and is super versatile. Use it on salads, taco or grain bowls or even as a dressing on a sandwich or in a wrap.
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Homemade dressings are always better:
I love making homemade dressings and vinaigrettes when I can. I know buying store bought is way more convenient but homemade almost always tastes better when you make the effort.
Which in a dressing like this creamy cilantro lime tahini dressing, the effort is very minimal - just add everything to a blender and blend!
- Tahini - Seseame seed paste. Store bought or you can make your own tahini recipe
- Cilantro - stems and leaves
- Lime - zest and juice
- Garlic -cloves
- Oil - use a good quality olive oil or avocado oil
- Rice vinegar - unsweetened
- Water - optional
Combine all the ingredients for this lime tahini dressin, except the water to a blender. Blend until smooth. If you want a thinner dressing add in water a teaspoon or so at a time until desired consistency has been reached.
You can add in half the cilantro and blend smooth then add the rest and just pulse if you want to see some larger pieces of the cilantro in the dressing.
Chill before serving. The dressing will thicken as it chills. You can always add more water later if desired.
What does tahini taste like?
Tahini is sesame seed paste. It tastes like sesame flavored peanut butter but with a thinner consistency. It is very creamy and has a savory sesame flavor more on the salty than sweet side.
Tahini is one of the main ingredients in hummus but can be used in all kinds of applications from sauces, dressings and dips, even used in baked goods.
Substitutions and storage:
If you aren't a cilantro fan you can leave it out and substitute with flat leaf parsley or basil. Or omit the cilantro and make the rest of the dressing as is. It will definitely have a different taste.
Keep the cilantro lime tahini dressing in an airtight container ( such as a mason jar) with a lid. It will keep up to two weeks well chilled in the refrigerator.
Uses for this dressing:
Try this tahini dressing with these recipes(can swap this dressing out for any of the dressings):
Creamy Cilantro Lime Tahini Dressing
- 60 G Tahini ⅓ cup
- 60 g Cilantro - stems and leaves ½ cup packed
- 48 g Rice vinegar ¼ cup
- 79 g Oil - olive avocado, or other light oil for dressing (⅓ cup)
- 4 cloves Garlic - peeled and minced
- 1 Lime - zest and juice - about 2 tablespoons juice
- ½ teaspoon kosher Salt
- 3-4 Tablespoons Water
- Add everything but the water in a blender. Taste and add anymore tahini, oil, vinegar, salt or lime if you like. If a thinner consistency is desired add water one tablespoon at time until you get the consistency you like. Transfer to a jar with a lid and chill completely. The dressing will thicken more once chilled.
- You can add in the cilantro just half at a time. Blend smooth with half then add the rest in and only blend until combined to have larger pieces of cilantro in the dressing.
- Dressing will last up to two weeks kept well chilled.