Use this tangy dressing for salads, drizzled over veggies and meat, or as a dipping sauce! Fresh cilantro, tahini and lime juice are the stars of this creamy Cilantro Lime Tahini Dressing. It’s paleo, gluten free, and vegan, plus it works great as a make-ahead dressing!
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Sometimes, I get questions about how I come up with recipes. It’s a totally legit question, because I’m not a trained chef and I didn’t go to cooking school. Ultimately, it’s a matter of immersing myself in food and finding inspiration wherever I can. Here are a few examples of where I find inspiration for my recipes:
- vacation food
- food magazines
- restaurant food
- trying a new ingredient
- friends & family
- cooking unfamiliar recipes
A few weeks ago, I was making a Brandless order, and their little jar of tahini caught my eye. I’ve never cooked with tahini, and for some reason thought I didn’t even like it! But recently I’d been seeing tahini cakes, tahini brownies, tahini sauces, tahini granola bars… So I decided if these lovely food bloggers I follow like tahini enough to make entire cakes with it, I should probably give it a second try.
Turns out, it’s very useful for making things creamy without adding dairy. And also turns out, it’s not half bad!!
So with a new ingredient to try out, a crap ton of limes on my counter, and a jar of cilantro chilling in water in the fridge, I thought up a new salad dressing idea. The cilantro lime combo is natural. The tahini addition was a test. After four test batches, I think I got the ratios just right. I hope you enjoy this Cilantro Lime Tahini Dressing!
What is tahini?
Tahini is made out of ground up sesame seeds, and comes in a ‘paste’ or ‘butter’ form, similar to the consistency of homemade peanut butter. It’s most commonly used in hummus, which was my only exposure to tahini before last week. To learn more about tahini and for a homemade tahini recipe, check out Inspired Taste’s Easy Tahini Recipe.
What does tahini taste like?
The best word I can think of to describe the taste of tahini is ‘nutty’. Imagine the taste of sesame seeds, but in peanut butter form. It’s definitely got an earthy flavor, and generally isn’t something I want to eat by itself. But mixed into recipes, it’s got a knack for making things creamy and delicious, without an overpowering flavor.
How do you make the Cilantro Lime Tahini Dressing?
This Cilantro Lime Tahini Dressing is incredibly easy to make, and only requires seven ingredients total. This includes water, salt and oil. So really, we’re talking four simple ingredients for a quick and easy dressing. It’s a great use of extra cilantro or limes, if you don’t have any guacamole plans in your future (a sad future).
Cilantro Lime Tahini Dressing ingredients:
- lime juice (one whole lime, juiced)
- cilantro (leaves and stems work just fine!)
- drippy tahini (I got mine from Brandless)
- garlic clove (a small one)
- oil (I used avocado oil)
- water (adjust to find your favorite consistency)
Add everything to your food processor or blender and mix for about 20 seconds, or until all the cilantro is chopped and it looks well mixed to you. Use on salads, as a veggie dip, or whatever your heart desires.
What equipment do you use to make the dressing?
To make this recipe, I used my Nutribullet High Speed Blender . I do think any blender would work for this dressing! A food processor would also be a fine option.
I don’t like cilantro. Should I make this?
If you’re one of those people who says cilantro tastes like soap, you should just skip this one and try a different tahini dressing. This is very cilantro-y. Please and thank you!
More easy recipes from Project Meal Plan:
- 2-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookie Balls
- Easy Buffalo Chicken Salad
- Chicken Bacon Avocado Salad Sandwich
Fresh cilantro, tahini and lime juice are the stars of this creamy Cilantro Lime Tahini Dressing. It’s paleo, gluten free, and vegan, plus it works great as a make-ahead dressing!
- 1/3 cup cilantro, packed (a few stems are fine!)
- 1/4 cup water
- 3 tablespoons oil (avocado oil or olive oil)
- 2 tablespoons tahini
- juice of 1 lime (about 2 tablespoons)
- 1 small clove of garlic
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- Add all ingredients to a blender or food processor and blend for about 20 seconds, until well blended. Store in an airtight container and enjoy within 4 days!
Nutrition information estimated with My Fitness Pal.
- Serving Size: 2 tablespoons
- Calories: 147
- Sugar: 0g
- Fat: 15g
- Carbohydrates: 1g
- Protein: 2g
I really really really want to see what you put this Cilantro Lime Tahini dressing on! Show me by tagging your posts on social media @projectmealplan or #projectmealplan – I’ll be able to find your post that way! Enjoy!