Tahini Dressing Recipe with Parsley

Tahini Dressing Recipe with Parsley

In this tahini dressing recipe with parsley, an all-time favorite gets dressed up with parsley, boosting its color, nutrient density, and flavor.

Tahini in the Pantry

Tahini is a paste made from toasted ground sesame seeds, and a great ingredient to keep on hand. It adds creaminess to many recipes, which is helpful for those eating dairy-free. It is a standard in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines, and most notably recognized for its role in hummus. When purchasing tahini, look for an ingredient list that contains only sesame seeds. If you are wondering what to do with that bottle of tahini sitting in the fridge, it also makes a great ingredient in desserts. Tahini paste, like natural peanut butter, will separate over time, be sure to stir thoroughly before using.

Serving Suggestions

Tahini dressing with parsley is delicious drizzled over many types of salad, including lettuce, radish, and cucumber salads. Try it on roasted veggies, and grilled fish or meats. It is a delicious accompaniment to this Turkish-style köfte kebab.

Tahini Dressing Recipe with Parsley

Tahini Dressing Recipe with Parsley

An all-time favorite, made green by the addition of the nutrient dense powerhouse, parsley. Cilantro may also be used for a different flavor.
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Course: Dressings, Sauces
Cuisine: Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
Keyword: easy tahini garlic
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Calories: 164kcal
Author: Aliye Aydin


  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 cup fresh Italian parsley leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper or paprika (optional)
  • 4 Tablespoons ice water


  • Combine all ingredients except ice water in a high-powered blender and process until a paste is formed. Add ice water, one tablespoon at a time, until desired consistency is reached.
  • If making by hand, be sure to chop the parsley and garlic as finely as possible, and whisk together all other ingredients. Dressing will appear to separate at first when making by hand, but keep whisking, and it will come together. 
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