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Homemade Tahini Turmeric Dressing

This homemade tahini turmeric dressing is a delicious way to break away from bottled dressings when you're making salads at home.

This homemade tahini turmeric dressing is a delicious way to break away from bottled dressings when you’re making salads at home. Tahini is a paste made from sesame seeds and turmeric is a spice well-known for it’s anti-inflammatory properties.

Salad topped with homemade tahini turmeric dressing.

The bright yellow color of the dressing is reminiscent of honey mustard thanks to the turmeric but it tastes nothing like it! It’s super creamy creamy, slightly nutty, slightly bitter, slightly smoky and slightly sweet all at the same time. I sometimes literally eat it with a spoon it’s so good. I’ve received many requests for the recipe, so here it is!

Tahini Turmeric Dressing Ingredients

Here’s the ingredient line up. I don’t use oil in this dressing because the tahini is so oily and I’ve just found that I don’t miss it when I omit it.

Tahini Turmeric salad dressing prep

The prep is very easy. You simply dump it all in a bowl and give it a good whisk.

Tahini turmeric salad dressing prep.

The mixture will be very thick after mixing. I add 3-4 tablespoons of water to thin out the dressing so it’s easily drizzled over salads. Note: if you store it in the fridge, you will most likely need to add a little more water (a tablespoon or so) the next time you use it to re-thin the dressing.

This homemade tahini turmeric dressing is a delicious way to break away from bottled dressings when you're making salads at home.

Tahini Turmeric Dressing
(Recipe developed by Jen DeCurtins)


1/4 cup tahini
Juice of 1/4 lemon (about 2 tablespoons)
1/2 tablespoon dijon mustard
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 tablespoon coconut aminos or soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon coriander
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
3-4 tablespoons water


Place all ingredients except for water in a bowl and whisk until smooth and combined. Slowly add water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until desired consistency is reached. Season to taste with salt if needed (I usually don’t need to). Leftovers store well in the fridge although you may need to re-thin the mixture with a little bit of water. Recipe can easily be multiplied.

Yield: 4 servings

Looking for more homemade salad dressings? Check out my Honey Dijon Balsamic and Greek Yogurt Honey Mustard.

{ 20 comments… add one }
  • 1
    Julie @ Running in a Skirt March 31, 2016, 8:55 am

    I’m a huge homemade dressing fan! This is right up my alley!

  • 2
    Laura t. March 31, 2016, 10:39 am

    This looks delicious! In the text you mention adding 3-4 tbsp water but in the recipe it’s 3/4 tbsp. Which one is it?

    • 3
      Jen DeCurtins March 31, 2016, 11:53 am

      Hey Larua – it was supposed to read “3-4.” Thanks, I fixed it! 🙂

  • 4
    Hillary March 31, 2016, 11:21 am

    Been obsessed with both tahini and turmeric lately. Will certainly be making this!

  • 5
    Chelsea@RunningWithaWhisk March 31, 2016, 1:11 pm

    I love making my own dressings and have been in need of a new recipe to mix things up. I love the idea of this Tahini dressing and am going to have to give it a shot.

    • 6
      Jen DeCurtins April 2, 2016, 8:50 am

      try it! it’s totally different. let me know what you think! 🙂

  • 7
    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine March 31, 2016, 3:12 pm

    Two of my FAVORITE things!! I would use this on everything!

  • 8
    Cara's Healthy Cravings March 31, 2016, 7:06 pm

    I make a very similar dressing to this one and I love it to bits. I always drizzle it on top of roasted veggies.

    • 9
      Jen DeCurtins April 2, 2016, 8:49 am

      oh, thanks for the great idea!

  • 10
    Rachel March 31, 2016, 8:34 pm

    Mmm that salad looks incredible! Anything with tahini is amazing 🙂 how long does this keep in the fridge?

    • 11
      Jen DeCurtins April 2, 2016, 8:49 am

      probably up to 5 days or so. i wouldn’t push past 7.

  • 12
    Jonna Green April 1, 2016, 8:16 am

    Hi Jen,

    Thank you for posting! Looks delicious!


    • 13
      Jen DeCurtins April 2, 2016, 8:49 am

      you are so welcome! let me know how it turns out if you try it!

  • 14
    erin April 3, 2016, 11:58 am

    looks so good to have with chicken and rice 🙂

  • 15
    Megan May 17, 2016, 12:36 pm

    Bookmarked this. It looks like it would be delicious on my Chicken Shawarma Salad. Been trying to find a good dressing for that for a while. Can’t wait to try this.

    • 16
      Jen DeCurtins May 17, 2016, 4:26 pm

      I hope you like it! I made it again today and it’s one of my faves!

  • 17
    Sarah September 11, 2016, 7:06 pm

    Don’t know how it took me so long to make this, I’ve been meaning to forever. Subbed honey for maple syrup and really enjoyed it!!!

    • 18
      Jen DeCurtins September 12, 2016, 3:15 pm

      Awesome! Thanks for trying and glad it was a winner!

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