Traditional Greek Tahini Dip

Super creamy with the nutty flavor of sesame seeds, this homemade tahini sauce recipe is a popular way to begin a meal in Cyprus. Serve with crudités and pita.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
15 mins
1 cup


  • ½ cup tahini

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for garnish

  • 1 clove garlic, crushed

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 6 tablespoons water

  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

  • Toasted sesame seeds for garnish


  1. Combine tahini, lemon juice, oil, garlic and salt in a food processor. Pulse, scraping down the sides as needed, until smooth. With the motor running, add water in a thin stream until the mixture is pale and smooth. Transfer the dip to a serving bowl and top with parsley. Garnish with sesame seeds and more oil, if desired.


To make ahead: Refrigerate for up to 2 days. Add a little water before serving if the dip is too stiff.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

106 Calories
10g Fat
4g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Serving Size 2 Tbsp.
Calories 106
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 3g 5%
Total Fat 10g 12%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Vitamin A 129IU 3%
Vitamin C 4mg 5%
Folate 18mcg 4%
Sodium 79mg 3%
Calcium 24mg 2%
Iron 1mg 4%
Magnesium 15mg 4%
Potassium 82mg 2%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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