Lemon-Tahini Sauce

Lemon-Tahini Sauce

This Mediterranean condiment often found on mezze platters is the ideal sauce for adding to gyros or topping grilled meats. It’s also an excellent sauce to drizzle on lamb, beef, or pork meatballs. This recipe calls for tahini, which you can find on the international foods aisle at the grocery store.

Makes about 1½ cups

Total time 10 minutes


  • 1 large clove garlic, peeled
  • ½ cup tahini (ground sesame seed paste)
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. pure maple syrup
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 4 to 5 Tbsp. cold water
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Lemon-Tahini Sauce

Cooking instructions

  1. With the food processor running, drop the garlic clove through the food chute and process until minced.
  2. Remove the lid and add the tahini, lemon juice, maple syrup, salt, cumin, and cayenne pepper. Process until smooth.
  3. Keep the food processor running, and add ¼ cup water, 1 tablespoon at a time, through the food chute and process until smooth. If the sauce is too thick, add the extra 1 tablespoon water.
  4. Transfer the sauce to a bowl and stir in the parsley.

Amazing on meatballs, grilled chicken, lamb, and steak.


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