Tahini-Dill Salad Dressing

One of the very first restaurants I remember eating at when we moved to Los Angeles was a cute, 24-hour diner on Beverly called Swingers.


Cute, right?

On my first visit, I tried their vegan, house-made veggie burger and it was out of this world! They have bunches of veg-friendly menu options, so we quickly became regular visitors! Soon after, I discovered their Mediterranean platter– a dish complete with hummus, falafel and a greek salad dressed with something I can only describe as tahini-crack. It was so good, I could drink it!

For nearly 4 years, ever since trying that dressing for the first time, I’ve been trying to imitate it… with little luck.

But yesterday, that all changed. I was browsing through my new cookbook, Veganomicon, and its recipe for Tahini-Dill sauce immediately grabbed my attention. After looking over the ingredients, I had a good feeling about this one.

And, boy, oh boy was I right! It’s EXACTLY the same as the dressing I fell in love with at Swingers!

With a couple of modifications, it’s totally detox-friendly, too. Win, win.

Tahini-Dill Dressing
adapted from Veganomicon


1/2 cup raw tahini
1/2 cup + 2 T. water
1 clove garlic
Juice of one lemon (about 1/4 cup)
1/2 T. raw apple cider vinegar
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup lightly packed fresh dill


Simply throw all the ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth and creamy! Store in the fridge for 3-5 days.

Now, try your best not to eat this on EVERYTHING.

It’s addicting!!

This sauce makes a delicious veggie dip, or in my case… a finger dip. Yes, my fingers may have made their way into the bowl a couple of times. I seriously could just eat this stuff straight with a spoon! But, of course, I don’t recommend doing that. Veggies are way better dipping vehicles!

Hope you all enjoy it as much as I do!!

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Rande McDaniel

Ohhh I’m so excited to try this, I love tahini AND dill!

Katey @ Bonne Santé

VegaNOMicon indeed! I will be trying this ASAP!


I love tahini dressings, ill definitely have to test this one out. Do you like veganomicon I have been thinking about buying it.

Felicia ( a taste of health with balance)

i love veganomicon! i cant wait for fresh dill to come up in the garden to make this… im so over winter and the cold!

Christina Pistone

I can’t wait to try this recipe! Dill is my favorite 🙂 And I too was a regular at Swingers! I used to live and work right down the street and probably visited more than I should, haha. Still love it though!

Red Deception

This is perfect! I bought a jar of Tahini and had NO idea what to do with it! Now I know what I am making 🙂


What school are you taking classes from? Are you enjoying it? I’m looking for a school to study holistic nutrition at and am just researching ideas!


    I’m attending the Institute for Integrative Nutrition! I love it so far. 🙂


I came back to this dressing after not having it for a few months ( what was I thinking??)…After having it with my salad last night, i used it this morning to dip fresh baked kale chips in! OMG, it was SO DELICIOUS. Reminiscent of old school ruffles with ranch dip. But so much better. My 15 month old happily enjoyed them with me. She kept coming back saying, “MOE! MOE!”


I came across your website because I heard the Tahini was good for detoxifying and I was doing some research. I just happened to get Veganomicon for Christmas. After reading your post and the comments I just had to try it for myself. Wow!! It is amazing. It is a vegan’s crack (without drug side-effects). I will admit that I also added some cilantro and parsley to mine. But I cannot stop eating this stuff. It is finger & plate licking good!


For some reason, my dressing turned out really runny. Otherwise, it tastes great!


Yum! I made this last night with rave reviews from my husband, and my 2.5 year old literally drank it up! I encouraged her to eat it the right way and then she mixed it into her plain yogurt and ate it all with her spoon. Thanks!


I’ve made this before and it turned out great, but I made it today and I think I wasn’t selective enough w/ getting the dill fronds from the thicker stems before I blended it, because it’s really bitter. Sorta tastes like dirt. Bitter dirt. My friend made it once w/ dried dill, and that turned out great, too. Next time: no stems, just fronds. 🙁


Just started reading your blog and love it! Tahini is AMAZING in dressings.. it adds great creamy texture in a healthy way!

Liz Edgaro

This dressing is phenomenal!! I had a little left over dill in the fridge and googled “tahini dill dressing” to find recipes to help me use the herb in my meal. I had 1/8 cup of fresh dill, so I adjusted the rest of the ingredients (1/8 cup tightly packed fresh dill, 1 Tbsp tahini, 1 clove garlic, 2 tsp lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste, 1+ Tbsp water, no apple cider vinegar), and I pulsed as well as I could with a small immersion blender in a little glass custard cup. It was hard not to eat it all with a spoon 🙂 I put it on top of purple sweet potatoes, and it was a winning combo! So fresh! Thanks for letting us know how long the dressing can last in the fridge – that’s a detail other bloggers forget to mention, and it’s super helpful for those of us cooking just for 1 person. I’ll be making this again!

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