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Eat Well Mar. 19. 2023
Eat Well

Herb Tahini Dressing

Mar. 19. 2023
Eat Well
McKel Hill Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

McKel Hill Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

Founder of Nutrition Stripped and the Mindful Nutrition Method™

This amazing Herb Tahini Dressing will add so much flavor to your next salad or grain bowl.

Our core belief here is that balanced eating should be both nutrient-dense and delicious-dense!

One of the unique elements in our Foundational Five system for creating balanced meals is the Flavor Factor, which is all about adding ingredients that help make your meal taste delicious and even more nutritious, including sauces, dressings, spices, and herbs.

Made with tahini, lemon juice, cilantro, parsley, chives, and dill, this Herb Tahini Dressing will turn into a staple dressing for all of your spring and summer salads.

Make this Flavor Factor recipe on your batch cooking day and you’ll be able to enjoy it in a variety of ways throughout the week! 

What Is The Foundational Five Flavor Factor? 

In case you’re new to the NS Community and the Mindful Nutrition Method, the Foundational Five system is part of how we teach you to build balanced meals. It makes it easy for you to give your body the nourishment you need while having the flexibility to enjoy the foods you love without stressing about food.

The Foundational Five is made up of five elements of nutrition including Protein, Fat, Non-starchy Carbohydrates, starchy & Sugary Carbohydrates, and the Flavor Factor (which brings vibrancy, deliciousness, and enjoyment to your meals). 

You can download our free guide that walks you through our Foundational Five system for creating balanced meals that you can use to meal prep or cook fresh this week!

Tahini Nutrition Benefits

  • Packed with heart-healthy unsaturated fats 
  • Rich in free-radical fighting antioxidants 
  • Disease fighting as a result of its anti-inflammatory properties

Ingredients Needed To Make This Herb Tahini Dressing

  • Tahini
  • Lemon juice
  • Cilantro
  • Parsley
  • Chives
  • Dill
  • Garlic 
  • Olive oil
  • Water
  • Sea salt
  • Pepper
  • Lemon zest

How To Make This Herb Tahini Dressing

First, simply gather your ingredients. Next, add them to a food processor or blender and blend until you’ve reached your desired, creamy texture! 

Tips for Making This Herb Tahini Dressing

Here are a couple of tips you should keep in mind that will help you easily store and make the most out of this Herb Tahini Dressing. 

Store in Air-tight Glass Swing Bottles 

Utilizing air-tight glass swing bottles for storage will keep your dressing tasting fresh and delicious for up to a week. Plus, their pour-friendly tops make it easy to mix into any salad, grain bowl, or stir fry!  

Double or Triple the Recipe!

Want this dressing to last you all week long for many delicious salads and balanced meals? Then just double or triple the recipe amount to fill up a glass jar to coast you through many balanced salads.

What To Serve With This Herb Tahini Dressing To Make It Balanced

This dressing is a great source of flavor factors and fat, meaning it will add a boost of enjoyment and satiety to any meal!

To help round it out and make a Foundational Five meal, be sure to add it to a bowl, dish, or plate that has your other Foundational Five components (protein, starchy or sugary carbohydrates, and non-starchy carbohydrate). 

Salads and grain bowls are particularly easy ways to incorporate all of these ingredients! 

FAQ About How To Make This Herb Tahini Dressing:

How long will this recipe last?

When stored in an air-tight glass container, you can use this dressing for up to two weeks. 

The Foundational Five Breakdown

Non-starchy Carbohydrate

  • N/A

Starchy Carbohydrate

  • N/A


  • Tahini


  • Tahini
  • Olive oil

Flavor Factor

  • Garlic
  • Lemon juice
  • Cilantro
  • Parsley
  • Chives
  • Dill
  • Sea salt
  • Pepper
  • Lemon zest

The Recipe




15 ounces tahini

Juice of 2 lemons

1/3 cup of cilantro, parsley, chives, and dill (each)

2 garlic cloves, minced

1/4 cup olive oil

1/4 cup water

1 teaspoon of sea salt, adjust to taste

1/2 teaspoon of black pepper, adjust to taste

1 tablespoon lemon zest, optional but recommended


Step 1

Add all ingredients to a food processor and blend until creamy.

Step 2

At this stage if you’d like a dressing consistency, add more water, otherwise, this will be a thicker paste that can be thinned out with water or a splash of ACV upon serving.


More Flavor Factor Dressing Recipes

Honey Mustard Dressing

Peanut Sauce

Maple Miso Glaze

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