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Orange Tahini Sauce / Spread

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 sauce is simply delicious.

Orange Tahini Sauce – Is this my new favorite dip/spread/dressing?

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.

This is super creamy and easy and can be used for sweet or savory dishes. I had the orange tahini sauce 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 Sauce / Spread

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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
    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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