Recipe: Luscious Homemade Tahini Goddess Dressing

A good dressing can make vegetables sing.

Nothing is worth more than this day.

~ Goethe

Some days you just want a salad, right?

You know, those crisp fresh vegetables full of hydrating water and loaded with vitamins & enzymes?

I don’t know about you guys (I have my suspicions though) but I am always pretty thrilled to have a homemade salad dressing hanging out in the fridge that makes it easy to wash a few raw vegetables and dress them to perfection.

This recipe is made in honor of a very popular bottled salad dressing. Anyone out there familiar with a store-bought version of the ever popular Goddess dressing?

I’ve never been a fan of bottled anything – so one day a few weeks back I decided to make my own version of a popular favorite. Here is the result! I’ve got a secret…it’s better (IMO) than anything you can buy in a bottle!

Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.

  ~ Eckhart Tolle

Utilizing tahini in salad dressings has always been a popular trick with vegans. This paste made of hulled sesame seeds is satisfying and filling, not to mention full of calcium and protein – two things vegans (and all folks really) need.

Here I added soy sauce, dried parsley, oil, vinegar, lemon juice, and granulated garlic – all easy things you probably have in your pantry already. It keeps well, eats well, and can easily be tailored to your tastes and preferences.


Thick & satisfying, this dressing is just as home on top of hot brown rice & steamed broccoli as it is on crunchy romaine leaves or as a dip for whole raw carrots.

The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.

~ Eckhart Tolle

The Less:

Less bottled and packaged shelf stable groceries means more tasty, waste-free staples. More control over ingredients means fewer extras added so food can sit longer. Less sugar and sweets at dinner means you can add those later in the day, so spreading the love is still tasty and makes sense.

The More:

More high calcium sesame means more satisfaction in flavor and texture. More heft in your dressing means more freshness to go under it. More use for those pantry staples adds more depth to your kitchen, so whipping this one up year round is a snap.

Luscious Homemade Tahini Goddess Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup roasted sesame tahini (you can use raw but the end result will be different)
  • (1/2-1 cup) water (depending on desired thickness)
  • 1/2) cup good olive oil
  • (5-6) tbsp fresh lemon juice (can substitute bottled lemon juice too)
  • (2-3) tbsp apple cider vinegar (to taste based on the lemon juice)
  • (2) tbsp Braggs or soy sauce
  • (2) tbsp dried or fresh parsley
  • (1/4) tsp granulated garlic or garlic powder

Combine all ingredients in a blender (or in a bowl for use with a hand blender) and blend until creamy and emulsified.

Taste to correct seasonings (use the lesser amount of water, lemon, and vinegar and add as desired).

Transfer dressing to a clean jar and refrigerate. This should keep well for up to a week, and perhaps longer if you use bottled lemon juice. It will thicken in the fridge a little and makes fabulous dip.

A little goes a long way and this dressing is jam-packed with flavor!

Veggie salads are a great way to load up on fiber and roughage, not to mention a fabulous vehicle for a great dressing like this!

Enjoy poured on hot cooked grains, and steamed vegetables of all kinds. This would also make a great dip for roasted potato wedges and even as a mayo substitute in veggie sandwiches or on burgers.

Use it to you heart’s content!

The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire.

~ Ferdinand Foch

Greatness lies not in being strong, but in the right use of strength.

~ Henry Ward Beecher

Thanks to all of you who let me know how much you enjoyed the super nutritious quinoa breakfast from my last post..and if you liked that one, you might just like this quinoa breakfast too (you know, just in case) 🙂

Wishing you all a super swell weekend – we’ve got a typical weekend planned packed with soccer games & a special get together with good friends. For those of you curious, Not So Fast will kick off our first sponsored cooking class on November 13th…cooking up the good stuff and sending kids home with warm home cooked food.

We’re getting there with our website and taking time to do things right. I’m hoping you will all be pleased with the results!

Until then, stay tuned for more great food and stories. I sure enjoy yours.

  • Are you a fan of Goddess dressing?
  • Got a favorite tahini-based dressing to share with us?

The last time I asked for recipes I got tipped to a fabulous chickpea farinata recipe – I’m happy to report I’ve made it more than once (it’s amazing) and I’ll be sharing it soon with a little something extra tasty and special.

Until then, wishing you all the very best, and be well. Me and my armpit are going to be just fine (story in my next post).

Yours in Less,


Filed under Cheap, Cooking, Gluten Free, Health, Nut Recipes, Recipes, Rich & Simple, Salads, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian

53 responses to “Recipe: Luscious Homemade Tahini Goddess Dressing

  1. Okay, dying to hear about the armpit…. I’m all over a tahini cream I’ve been making at the moment it was in my post today. Your dressing seems like it has more depth, which I love so I’ll have to give it a test run! 🙂 xx

  2. I am so looking forward to trying this. A long time ago there was a place in Seattle called Gravity Bar that served awesome vegan fare, including a bunch of combos called RV1, RV2, RV3, etc., where the R&V stood for rice and vegetables. Each combo had a different twist and fabulous sauce. My favorite was basically a quinoa salad with tons of raw carrots, kale, peppers, and other crunchy veggies–topped with a lemon-tahini dressing. I have tried a few times and not been able to recreate it to my satisfaction.but I think you’ve made my dressing for me. Thank you!! 🙂

    • I love the idea of RV1, RV2 et al. What a cool concept. Like Emmy, I reckon your dressing will rock, lovely S! Another winner from my favourite Canadian!

      Have a super swell weekend, yourself (I love that expression of yours)


      • Thanks J! So happy to be someones favorite 🙂 Before I met you I’d no clue really what awesomeness existed in your part of the world either….looking forward to having you back on the blog scene! XO

    • That restaurant sounds amazing Emmy! I too am loving that idea (that is kind of the best meal ever and there endless combos). I hope this one hits the spot! I thought it did the trick nicely..I’d love to hear your variation on it 🙂

  3. This looks absolutely delectable! I also love the Eckhart Tolle–it captures so many tumultuous situations so perfectly. Thank you for sharing your insight with us, as always–I can’t wait to give this recipe a try.

  4. Hope all is well with your armpit. 🙂 I make my own salad dressings, but have stayed away from creamy ones, because I never bothered to look up how to make them. This looks quick and easy enough to give a try. Now I just have to make some roasted tahini.

  5. Alexia @ NamasteYoga

    tahini dressings are amongst my all time favourites!! like u said.. a good dressing can make vegetables sing! there is nothing worse than a sour, too acidic bbbaaaaad dressing on your salad. this looks more than delicious! I used to make a similar dressing but subbed the sesame seeds with sunflower seeds. so great with the parsley!

  6. sounds delicious and versatile–going to bookmark it until I use it

  7. A new salad dressing is a beautiful thing!

  8. I’ve just started making tahini a regular component in my salad dressings – and I always loved Green Goddess as a kid. I’ll give it a shot. Ken

  9. Great idea to add tahini to salad dressing! Thanks for the link to my blog. So glad you enjoyed the farinata.

    • Of course! I’ve really enjoyed that recipe and am looking forward to trying more awesome things with it – thanks for the link, I was really happy you shared that! 🙂

  10. I love tahini-based dressings. I don’t use water, just a lot of lemon juice, a little soy sauce (1 tsp?), fresh garlic, maybe a few drops of honey to take the edge off. Our lemons are usually Meyer lemons, which are sweeter than typical commercial ones.

    • That sounds really amazing Sharyn, I’m with you – I love a lot of lemon (especially with mediterranean foods)..I am so jealous of your access to Meyer lemons! They are so good 🙂

  11. GiRRL_Earth

    I love Goddess dressing but stopped buying it because I didn’t think it was worth the $$$. Plus, like you, I tend to make my own dressings (primarly consisting of: evoo, braggs apple cider vin, garlic and Grey P. Mustard). I am sooooooooooo going to try your recipe. Thank you for posting!

    P.s. I was informed of your blog by one of my favorite bloggers? Somer @

  12. The title has the words “luscious” and “goddess”, seriously how bad can it be? I tried once a recipe that a Lebanese friend gave me, roasting cauliflower with tahini in the oven. I loved it. I think this dip would work as well. It sounds delicious and the suggestions are great!

    • I’m glad you picked up on that Villy 😉 I mean really, with those words it’s got to be good! I’d LOVE to try your roasted cauliflower recipe, that sounds amazing!

  13. I LOVE this! and totally agree! “a good dressing can make veggies sing!” so beautifully said! 🙂

  14. Gorgeous dressing Shira- you’re so right, sometimes you just need a salad and it’s so important to have a good dressing- I bet this one is just amazing!

  15. Positively wonderful this dressing Shira! Thank you! Have a wonder-ful full weekend! xx

  16. I pretty much live on salads with tahini dressing and this one looks fab. Definitely one to try. Your photos & quotes are gorgeous and inspiring as ever, too.

  17. Tsiporah Grignon

    hey is that a small olive wood cutting board?

    Boom mum

  18. Yuuum yum homemade dressing! I have only tried one of the Goddess dressings and it was a while ago. I remember not being the biggest fan of it. I need to try some more, or better yet I need to make THIS one!

  19. Oh, this looks terrific! And I have a garden groaning with Kale and other salad-y delights, so I shall try this out for lunch. Perfect timing. Thank you.
    PS I love all your great quotes – they really make my heart sing. Bless xx

    • Thanks! I hope your lunch was wonderful (I would have given anything for a fresh kale salad today) – so happy to have you by! Have a wonderful weekend! Bless back 🙂 xx

  20. Gorgeous sounding dressing, Shira. Really flavourful, but what else could I possibly expect?

  21. I’m always looking for a new salad dressing for inspiration.. thank you!

  22. Liz

    I had not heard of “Tahini Goddess” dressing before reading your post…I mixed it up last night and WOW… dressed a bit of Kale and quinoa with it and let it sit overnight…adding the last of the garden tomatoes and cucumbers with a spot of goat cheese today. Srsly!!! – THE best kale dressing I’ve tried (I do make all my own). I had raw tahini, not toasted and it was still good – I can only imagine the oomph that the toasted brings to the dressing.

    Super-duper! – Thank you.

    • That’s so wonderful Liz! I am so happy you shared that – I read your comment when it came in and you inspired me to serve the rest of the dressing I had on hand with shredded kale too 😉 It was wonderful indeed and I’ve got some hanging out in the fridge for tomorrow too. Thanks for the great inspiration – it’s amazing how these things can connect us! Grateful tonight 🙂 So happy you liked it!

  23. Justin loves green goddess dressing – he is going to be thanking you for sharing this recipe! I love a good salad with tons of textures – thanks for sharing Shira!

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