No-Oil Herb Tahini Dressing

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Welcome to Herb Tahini Nirvana


You don’t understand how foolishly happy I am to share this recipe with you!

First off, it’s my very first copy-cat recipe!  That’s right, if you’re a Trader Joe’s frequenter then perhaps you’ve come across their new Green Tahini Dip & Sauce in the hummus and salsa area.

It was love at first bite for me–and I knew I had only one mission: to nutritarian-ize it so I could dip, dunk and drizzle it to my heart’s content!

no oil herb tahini dressing nutritarian dr fuhrman recipe eat to live 6 week plan nutritarian diet fresh herbs Dr Greger Nutrition FactsWe’re talking about some epic flavor here: lemon, garlic, dill, parsley, mint, cilantro and green onion all blended into creamy tahini.

You have to go with fresh herbs for this herb tahini dressing, no exceptions.

Much like with my No-Oil Tofu Ranch Dressing recipe, when you can’t add salt or oil to a salad dressing, you depend on gaining that robust flavor you crave from fresh ingredients!

no oil herb tahini dressing nutritarian dr fuhrman recipe eat to live 6 week plan nutritarian diet fresh herbs Dr Greger Nutrition FactsThis dressing comes together quick.  All you’ll need is a high-power blender!

I opted to do a rough-chop of all the herbs and green onions so that there would be minimal time blending.

There are only 3 spices at play here: cumin, no-salt seasoning and garlic powder.

You can totally go with fresh garlic in this recipe but I find that my garlic breath is just a little-less-making-babies-cry when I opt for garlic powder.  I reserve my fresh garlic dishes for dinner so only my hubby has to deal with me.

My absolute favorite no-salt seasoning is this Kirkland brand from Costco:

And since the whole point of this dressing is for it to have no oil, you’re going to want to pay attention to the kind of tahini you’re using–sometimes they sneak oil up in there!

This is the brand that I use, and it has only one ingredient: sesame seeds!

If you’re a bold-flavor-lover then you’re going to love this Herb Tahini dressing!

It’s creamy, savory, fresh, bright, lemony, garlicy and fragrant.  It will be perfect over a bed of crispy lettuce, juicy tomatoes, shredded carrots, red cabbage and onions!

It also make a fantastic pesto served with bean pasta!


5 from 3 votes

No-Oil Herb Tahini Dressing

Bright flavorful fresh herbs blended with lemon, spices and tahini makes the perfect healthful, savory, no-oil, no-added-salt, nutritarian-plan-friendly dressing and dip!

Author Kristen | Hello Nutritarian


  • 1/4 cup tahini (one ingredient: sesame seeds)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup chopped curley parsley
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onion
  • 1/3 cup chopped dill
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh mint
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tsp garlic powder (or 1 whole fresh clove)
  • 1 - 2 tsp no-salt seasoning (to your taste)


  1. Add all ingredients into a high-powered blender.  Blend on high for about 20 to 30 seconds depending on the power of your blender.  Monitor to make sure that there are still visible bits of herbs remaining.

  2. Use a spatula to scrape down sides.

  3. The consistency will be more of a dip, to make it thinner for a dressing just empty it into a large mixing bowl (we don't want to break up the herbs anymore in the blender) and add 1/4 cup water and mix well.  Continue to adjust until you reach your desired consistency. 

Recipe Notes

Store in an air-tight glass container (I highly recommend Mason jars for dressing storage), keeps for 7 days.

Please leave a comment if you give this herb tahini dressing recipe a try, I love hearing your recipe feedback!

Let’s live better together!

xo, Kristen

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  1. Jordan Laine

    This was so good and so easy! I didn’t have mint on hand, but I went for it anyways. Love it.

    1. Kristen

      Hi Jordan!

      Yay!! I’m so happy you gave it a try and liked it!

      Next time you have mint on hand, it really provides a lovely layer of flavor!

      Thank yous o much for leaving a comment too!

      xo, Kristen

  2. Emily

    Thank you so much for this recipe and so many of your others! They are just the type of recipes I am looking for to live my plant based diet as best as I can! They are delicious and healthy! I really appreciate what you are doing here.

    1. Kristen

      Hi Emily!

      Thank you so very much for taking the time to leave a comment and what lovely words!

      Hearing this kind of feedback from readers is exactly what motivates me to keep going! I’m so happy that you are finding the content useful!

      Wishing you the best on your plant-based journey!

      xo< Kristen

    1. Kristen | Hello Nutritarian Post author

      So nice to meet you Hamza!

      YAY!!! I’m so glad you liked this recipe!! It’s one of my all-time favorite dressings/sauces and it goes beautifully with everything!!

      Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a review!

      xo, Kristen

  3. Amanda @ Amanda's Great Idea

    YUM!!!! I licked the spatula clean–what an awesome dressing. I used dried dill because the store did not have fresh and it was still delicious! I’m committing to the 6 week plan, starting tonight (because why wait until the morning???)!

    1. Kristen | Hello Nutritarian Post author

      Hi Elisabeth!

      Yes, tahini falls under our 2 ounce nut and seed allowance. For this dressing I’d recommend no more than 3 tbsp. on your salad on a given day if you’re following the Aggressive Weight Loss plan!

      This is one of my most favorite dressings / sauces!

      Hope you love it!

      xo, Kristen

  4. Jennifer

    Just a quick question: the blog says “There are only 3 spices at play here: cumin, no-salt seasoning and garlic powder.” But I don’t see cumin mentioned in the ingredients on the recipe. Is cumin a good addition to the recipe? I ended up leaving it out. Anyways, I made this recipe this morning. Thought it was pretty good, but I’m going to add less water- probably a half-cup next time. Just seemed a bit thin, though my tahini is perhaps thinner. I just started going salt-free, and my taste buds aren’t loving tahini dressings. It tastes somewhat bitter to me. However, I hope that with time, I’ll start enjoying tahini and vinegar-based dressings more. I’m going to keep this recipe in mind as a base for future dressings- just switching out different herbs, spices etc. Love the site, keep up the good recipes!

    1. Kristen | Hello Nutritarian Post author

      Hi Jennifer!

      Thanks so much for letting me know! I don’t know why I listed cumin because I never make it with any, lol! I will edit the post!

      This is my favorite, favorite dressing and sauce! It is more of a dressing consistency but you can certainly decrease the water like you said to make it thicker!

      Yes, your tastebuds will change with time, I promise!

      Thanks so much for your lovely comment and for finding that error!

      xo, Kristen


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