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Sweet Tahini Sauce

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This Sweet Tahini Sauce is an amazing addition to many types of salads and grain-bowls- and so simple with just 5 ingredients. A true vegan staple.

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I have been making a version of this tahini sauce for the last few years now, and finally decided it was time to share it with you. Because well…it’s too good not to share.

I love this sauce because it goes excellent on a salad, but my absolute favorite way to enjoy it is to drizzle it over grain-bowls. I’ve mentioned it before but grain-bowls consist of…

  • a grain (quinoa, brown rice, millet, etc.)
  • a protein (tofu, seitan, lentils, beans, etc.)
  • all kinds of veggies
  • other greens (kale, spinach, chard, etc.)

Throw all together in a bowl, and add some of this sauce and I promise you’ll be thinking up new ways you can get creative. To me, this tahini sauce is a staple recipe. My fridge always has a jar of tahini somewhere in there and 90% of the time, I’m using it to make this sauce.

Sweet Tahini Sauce | via #vegan

How to make this Sweet Tahini Sauce:

To prepare, combine all ingredients and stir with a whisk. Just be aware that this sauce will thicken as it sits, so add more warm water to thin.

My favorite way to enjoy this sauce is on this Tofu Sweet Potato Bowl (below). I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do. =)

Sweet Tahini Sauce | via #vegan

Sweet Tahini Sauce

Sweet Tahini Sauce | via #vegan

This Sweet Tahini Sauce is an amazing addition to many types of salads and grain-bowls- and so simple with just 5 ingredients.

  • Author: Christin McKamey
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Total Time: 5
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Sauces
  • Method: No-Cook
  • Cuisine: American


  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (about 1 medium lemon)
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon mirin (sweet rice wine)
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup warm water


To make the tahini sauce, combine all ingredients and stir with a whisk. This sauce will thicken as it sits. Add warm water to thin. Makes 1/2 cup sauce. Serving size: 2 tablespoons.


I love to use this sauce on top of a Tofu Sweet Potato Bowl. Yum!


  • Serving Size: 2 tablespoons
  • Calories: 108
  • Sugar: 3.8
  • Sodium: 13.6
  • Fat: 8.1
  • Carbohydrates: 7.9
  • Protein: 2.7

Keywords: sweet tahini sauce, tahini dressing

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  • Hi ! This is my first Thanksgiving as a Vegetarian so I picked up some sweet potatoe and tofu to make a filling dish for myself. I would like to try this but can I substitute the maple syrup with anything ?

    Thank you for your help!

    • Hi Rachel, this is one of my favorite sauces- I think you’ll love it! And yes, you can substitute the maple syrup with agave, or another liquid sweetener. =)

  • What can I use instead of mirin? Rice vinegar?

    • Hi Holly, yes I think rice vinegar would be a good substitute! Or just go without it. =)


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