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Orange Tahini Dressing

March 16, 2018 (Last Updated: September 21, 2023)
Orange Tahini Dressing

A few weeks ago a fellow Dallas food blogger mentioned these two words in a conversation: tahini and orange. He also said, “is better than Nutella”. Enough to convince me this must be a good combination, so I’ve been dreaming about it for the past weeks. It turns out the combination lives up to my expectations. I couldn’t stop licking the fork I was mixing with, my fingers too. This orange tahini dressing is simply delicious.

Is this my new favorite dressing/spread/dip?

It may be, at least while oranges are in season and we can still find organic oranges in stores. I was torn about how much orange can I use for this spread because the orange juice is full of sugar. It turned out it didn’t need that much.

I washed well the orange and zested it (it was a big orange so if you have smaller ones use two, or even more for zest). I juiced the orange with the thought of using the pulp, but in the end, I only used 1 1/2 tbsp of the juice for 6oz of tahini. Also added lemon juice and cinnamon.

How to serve orange tahini dressing

This is super creamy and easy and can be used for sweet or savory dishes. I had the orange tahini dressing with Cauliflower Falafel, but I also plan to use it as a salad dressing and as a spread or dip. And maybe in the future mix it with cacao powder?

Orange Tahini Dressing

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By Claudia Curici Serves: 6
Prep Time: 15 minutes


  • 1 big organic orange (when in season) - the zest and 1 1/2 tbsp juice
  • 6oz tahini
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch salt
  • cold water



Mix tahini with lemon juice, orange juice, orange zest and a pinch of salt (I used a fork).


Start adding cold water one tbsp at a time and mix, until you get a smooth consistency (I think I needed somewhere between 7 and 10 tbsp).


Add cinnamon and taste.


You can add more orange zest if you want a stronger orange flavor.


The number of servings I think is irrelevant here, it depends on how is used. Store in a glass container in the fridge.

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  • Reply
    Emre Savas
    October 25, 2021 at 12:31 pm

    I really wish to make it soon. I already have tahini stored in a container and also have orange juice, Can you tell me how many tablespoon or how much cup is 6oz tahini ?

    • Reply
      October 25, 2021 at 12:54 pm

      Hi Emre, 6oz is about 2/3 cup.

  • Reply
    Sophie Marier
    April 12, 2018 at 2:05 pm

    Hi Claudia, I was laughing out loud alone in my kitchen today as I was making this delicious dip… because I too was licking the fork and my fingers. Delicious! I am making the crackers with zaaaaatar ♥ tomorrow and I am waiting for my order of Tigernut flour to come in and I will make the biscottis. Thank you so much! Sophie from Montreal (Canada)

    • Reply
      April 12, 2018 at 3:59 pm

      Hi Sophie, thanks for putting a smile on my face. I remember very well how badly I was licking my fingers when I was making this dressing, haha. Please keep in touch, I’d love to hear how your crackers and biscotti came out <3

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