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lebanese Tahini sauce with a platter of fresh vegetables

Lebanese tahini (tarator) sauce

This creamy, love-of-my-life sauce is healthy and flavorful and takes 5 minutes to make—in other words, it’s a perfect sauce. Lemony and garlic, tahini sauce makes everything taste a little better—from a platter of roasted vegetables to crisp falafel and even fish & beef recipe too.
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course sauce
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Servings 2 cups


  • 1 cup tahini
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1-2 large garlic
  • 3/4 cup water
  • salt
  • 1/4 tsp citric acid optional


  • Mash your garlic into a paste. This step is important to have a smooth creamy tahini sauce. Finely dice your garlic. Add a pinch of salt and mash the garlic with the side of a chief knife or the back of a tsp, until a smooth paste is formed.
  • In a small bowl. Add the mashed garlic, tahini and lemon into a bowl and mix. You'll notice the sauce starts to get really thick. Now slowly add water a little at a time until you've achieved you desired consistency. I like my sauce to be the same thickness of most creamy dressings like ranch, when you pour it, it keeps some shape. 
  • Adjust season. I add the salt at the end and taste as I go. I start with 1/2 tsp stir and taste. if I need more lemon I will add more. If the sauce is too thin just add about a teaspoon more of tahini, stir and see if it's the thickness your want for your recipe.


Citric acid gives the tahini a pleasantly sour taste without having to add extra lemon. This ingredient is completely optional.
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