Lemon Tahini Yogurt Sauce

A creamy, nutty and healthy sauce made with just 5 ingredients in 5 minutes! Lemon Tahini Yogurt Sauce is great with salads, pasta, or as a dipping sauce.

One hand holds a wooden bowl with lemon tahini yogurt sauce, another hand grabs half a lemon.

If you are looking for a sauce that is easy to make, doesn’t require a bunch of uncommon ingredients and comes together in no-time, you’ve come to the right place. It tastes heavenly and is super rich and creamy. You are going to want to make this Lemon Tahini Yogurt Sauce over and over again. So, I suggest you get to it now. You can thank me later. Want to know what we like to serve this with? We love dunking our Healthy Vegan Sweet Potato Cakes into this.

The Ingredients

The ingredients for the lemon tahini yogurt sauce recipe on a wooden table.
  • Plant-based (Greek) yogurt together with the tahini, this is the base of the sauce and makes the sauce light, fresh and creamy.
  • Tahini – adds even more creaminess as well as a nutty flavour.
  • Garlic – we love using raw garlic in sauces just like this one. It gives the sauce just that little bit extra.
  • Lemon – both the juice and zest for some fresh, zingy citrusy taste.
  • Salt – helps to bring out all of those beautiful flavours.
A hand squeezes juice from half a lemon into a wooden bowl.

Cooking Tips

  • What type of tahini to use – we pretty much always use raw tahini, which is made from raw sesame seeds rather than toasted/roasted ones. Raw tahini is lighter in color, whereas roasted tahini has a darker color, looking much more like peanut butter for example.
  • Use water as needed – different brands of tahini and yogurt might give different results. So, make sure you look and taste as you go and adjust the amount of water that you need, until the tahini yogurt sauce reaches that perfectly creamy consistency. This is why we always add our water as the last step, as you can always add more water, but never remove water.
A hand grates a clove of garlic above a wooden bowl filled with lemon juice and zest.

Substitutions and Variations

  • Maple syrup – if desired, you can add 1 tbsp of maple syrup to make the sauce a touch more sweet. This will offset the lemon and garlic a little bit. So, if the garlic and lemon taste is a bit too much for your taste, we suggest adding the maple syrup.
  • Cashew butter – you can swap the tahini for cashew butter and still end up with a delicious, creamy sauce.
A spoonful of tahini above a wooden bowl filled with plant-based yogurt, grated garlic, lemon juice and zest.


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Lemon Tahini Yogurt Sauce in a wooden bowl with half a lemon on the side.

Lemon Tahini Yogurt Sauce

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  • Author: Sjors
  • Total Time: 5 min
  • Yield: 1 recipe 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


A creamy, nutty and healthy sauce made with just 5 ingredients in 5 minutes! Lemon Tahini Yogurt Sauce is great with salads, pasta, or as a dipping sauce.


  • 1/2 lemon, juiced + zest
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp plant-based greek yogurt
  • 3 tbsp tahini
  • 3 tbsp water, add more if needed


  1. Add the lemon juice and zest, garlic and salt to a bowl. Stir until combined.
  2. Add the yogurt and tahini and give it a good stir. The lemon juice will thicken up the sauce quite a lot. Don’t worry, this will be offset by adding water in the next step.
  3. Add water 1 tbsp at a time. Stir every time until the sauce reaches a creamy consistency. Add more water if needed.


Nutritional facts are estimates. If you want to be sure about the nutritional facts, be sure to check your product labels.

  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Category: Sauces and Dressings
  • Cuisine: Greek


  • Serving Size: Recipe
  • Calories: 240kcal
  • Sugar: 1,4g
  • Sodium: 1,2g
  • Fat: 19,5g
  • Saturated Fat: 3g
  • Carbohydrates: 4,5g
  • Fiber: 3,2g
  • Protein: 9,8g

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