This is the best tahini sauce recipe for falafels! This authentic tahini dressing is a traditional dipping sauce for falafel and can be used for salad dressings and shawarma as well. This Middle Eastern condiment is easy to make, is ready in under minutes and is only 5 ingredients!Jump to Recipe Yum
Absolutely one of my favorite things to order at my local Middle Eastern restaurant is a falafel sandwich. I do make falafels at home, but sometimes it’s just easier to get it out, especially since I do have many Middle Eastern and Lebanese restaurants in my area. However a falafel sandwich is not complete without that creamy lemon tahini sauce!
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What ingredients makes the best falafel sauce?
The key ingredient in any falafel sandwich is the tahini and lemon sauce. Please see my note below on the best tahini to use. If you like to cook, I believe it is always very important to use high quality ingredients!
What is tahini paste?
Before I get into the recipe for tahini sauce for falafels, I need to answer the pertinent question of what is tahini? Tahini is a traditional Middle Eastern ingredient used in many different dishes from authentic hummus, to dressings and dipping sauces. It is made from ground sesame seeds that have been toasted and hulled. The sesame seeds are ground into a paste. The tahini paste does separate and needs to be mixed before each use. There will be oil on top and a thick sesame paste at the bottom. Always mix and combine before measuring and using.
Where to buy tahini?
If you have a local Mediterranean or Middle Eastern store, I recommend you buy it from there. If you do not have a store near you, check out this tahini from Amazon. This is the brand that I use, it is Lebanese Tahini and is high quality. I do not recommend buying any brand tahini you may find at your chain grocery store. Lebanese tahini is quality, affordable and has a long fridge life.
How to make easy tahini sauce for falafel
EASY PEASY!! As long as you have these ingredients handy, this recipe is so fast and easy! All you need to do is measure out your tahini, lemon juice, water, salt and minced garlic and whisk it together! When you add the lemon to the tahini, it will seem very thin at first, but it will come together as you whisk it and become a thick and creamy lemon tahini dressing that is the perfect consistency!
What to eat with creamy tahini sauce
First and foremost, this simple tahini sauce recipe is made for falafel wraps. Anytime you have falafels, this easy tahini sauce goes with it, whether it is on a salad, as a sandwich or in a rice bowl. It makes a wonderful salad dressing and it can also be served with shawarma as well. This is also the best dressing for buddha bowls.
Is falafel sauce vegan?
This authentic falafel sauce is vegan, however some that you may get at a store or a restaurant are made with yogurt and are not vegan. I love this recipe because it is a falafel sauce no yogurt recipe.
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Tahini sauce recipe (easy falafel sauce)
- ½ cup tahini
- ½ cup lemon juice
- ¼ cup water
- 1 teas salt
- 1 clove garlic minced
- Mince the garlic
- With a whisk, stir together all of the ingredients. At first it will seem thin, but as you whisk, it will come together to make the perfect creamy tahini sauce
- Serve with falafel wraps, salads, or shawarma
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