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Tahini Yogurt Sauce

December 5, 2022

I’m a big fan of grain bowls and this Tahini Yogurt Sauce is one of my all-time favorite dressings to use. Tangy and refreshing with a kick of herby flavor from the fresh dill. It’s great on grilled, roasted, and sauteed veggies as well as most proteins. Toss it in a wrap for lunch or drizzle it on top of a sheet pan dinner for a quick weeknight meal or meal prep.

How to Make Tahini Yogurt Sauce

The process for this recipe is super simple; just combine the yogurt, garlic, dill, mint, lemon juice, cumin, paprika, and salt in a bowl. If you have an immersion blender, Vitamix, or food processor you can simply Mix until fully combined and it’s ready to drizzle on your favorite veggies and proteins.

Using a Blender or Food Processor

This recipe can even be trimmed down to a few basic ingredients. As long as you have yogurt, dill, and garlic, you’ll have a delicious, versatile sauce for dinner or meal prep. You could also experiment with other spices like sumac, oregano, thyme, etc. depending on what it’s going on.

Zataar Roasted Cauliflower topped with Tahini Yogurt Sauce, toasted pine nuts, naan crisps, fresh dill, and parsley. Yum!
Za’atar Roasted Cauliflower with toasted pita, herbs, pine nuts, and Tahini Yogurt Sauce

What to Make with Tahini Yogurt Sauce

Tahini Yogurt Sauce is a Middle-Eastern condiment seen in various forms throughout the region. You can find it with yogurt, or just tahini sauce drizzled on Falafel, Shawarma, served with mezze. Mezze is a term for appetizers, usually served with fresh and pickled vegetables, cheese, nuts, and bread (also known as Meze in Greece). One of my favorite mezze dishes is Menemen, a hot egg dish served in Turkey made with tomatoes, cheese, sausage (traditionally sujuk), and spicy peppers. It’s so good, especially with a fluffy piece of bread!

Proteins – Grilled, Roasted, or Braised

Although this sauce goes great with nearly anything you smother it with, it’s exceptionally good with meat dishes. It creates a welcomed balance by cuts through the richness of grilled and braised meats. Yogurt is very acidic so it makes for a nice contrast with fatty or heavy meat dishes. Same goes for bean dishes cooked with lots of healthy olive oil.

Here are some foods that go great with tahini yogurt sauce:

  • Grilled, roasted, or braised protein and vegetables
  • Fresh and pickled veggies as an appetizer
  • Beans and legumes
  • Buddha Bowls
  • Wraps
  • Falafel
  • Salad
  • Air-fried veggie fries

Try it with Za’atar Roasted Cauliflower or Menemen (Turkish Breakfast Scramble).

Tahini Yogurt Sauce

Sauce, Dip Mediterranean
By Katelyn Bailey Serves: 6
Prep Time: 5 minutes Cooking Time: 0 minutes Total Time: 5 minutes

Tangy, herby Tahini Yogurt Sauce - perfect for salads, wraps, veggies, grilled protein, etc.


  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 2 tablespoons chopped dill
  • 2 tablespoons chopped mint
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Salt to taste (at least 1/4 tsp)



Combine all ingredients and blend until smooth.


Or simply mince and stir into a small bowl until combined.


Serve with your favorite grains, veggies and/or proteins!


  • 80 Calories
  • 4.8g Carbohydrates
  • 1mg Cholesterol
  • 5.8g Fat
  • 1.3g Fiber
  • 3.3g Protein
  • 1g Saturated fat
  • 223mg Sodium
  • 1.6g Sugar


Refrigerate for 4-5 days for best flavor.

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