Tahini Yogurt Sauce (5-Minute Recipe)

This creamy Tahini Yogurt Sauce will quickly become your new favorite quick & easy go to. Drizzle it over grilled salmon, serve it with lamb kebabs or shawarma, or use it as a yogurt dip for veggies.

A Middle Eastern Yogurt Sauce that comes together in 5-minutes, is super versatile, and can be dressed up with your favorite herbs & spices? Yes, please!

What is Tahini Yogurt Sauce?

When I came up with this recipe, I literally just started pulling out all my favorite ingredients from my spice drawer and cupboards. I knew that the base would be a mixture of greek yogurt and tahini, that I’d give a bit of a tang with either vinegar or lemon juice.

And then I knew that I wanted to incorporate my favorite spice, cumin, with a bit of heat (coming from some chipotle chili powder), and a pop of color, which came from those pomegranate seeds and a sprinkling of fresh chopped parsley.

What I didn’t realize was how obsessed I would be with it.

It was salty, tangy, creamy, smoky. I instantly wanted it on everything.

Side view of bowl of yogurt sauce next to cucumber pieces and pita bread.

That first day, I used it as a dip served with radishes, cucumber and a bit of torn pita bread.

And then I used a bit of restraint.

I set it aside so that I could test it out the next day, drizzled over some grilled salmon. Amazing.

Now I’ve been dreaming up in my head all the ways I want to use this Tahini Yogurt Sauce:

  • Greek Yogurt Dip for Veggies
  • Yogurt Sauce for Lamb Kebabs
  • Tossed with Cooked Rice
  • Middle Eastern Yogurt Sauce for Shawarma
  • Yogurt Sauce for Lamb
  • Combined with Warm Pasta
  • As a Sauce for Falafel

And today I’m going to show you just how easy this Middle Eastern Yogurt Sauce is to prepare, and how flexible this recipe can be.

Overhead close up of yogurt sauce drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with herbs and spices.

How to Make Tahini Yogurt Sauce

  • Combine greek yogurt with tahini and some sort of acid (I used lemon juice. You can also use vinegar or lime juice).
  • Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil to add extra richness and flavor.
  • Sprinkle on your favorite herbs, seeds, nuts, etc.

To dress up my Yogurt Dip I sprinkled on some toasted cumin seeds, chipotle chili powder, pomegranate seeds and chopped fresh parsley.

Here are some other great topping ideas and mix-ins for your sauce:

  • Sesame Seeds
  • Toasted Pine Nuts
  • Coriander
  • Cayenne
  • Za’atar
  • Dill
  • Mint
  • Grated Garlic
  • Chickpeas
  • Calabrian Chiles
  • Harissa
  • Mustard Seeds
  • Grated Cucumber

Can you make it ahead of time?

  • This yogurt sauce can be prepared up to one day ahead of time.
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Tahini Yogurt Sauce

3.50 from 8 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 6 people


  • 1 cup Greek Yogurt
  • 3 Tablespoons Tahini
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • Salt and Pepper (to taste)

To Garnish:

  • 1 Tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon pomegranate seeds
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon toasted cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)


  • Combine yogurt, tahini and lemon juice in a large bowl.
  • Drizzle with olive oil and top with pomegranate seeds, fresh parsley, cumin seeds and chili powder. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Serve.


Will keep in the refrigerator for one day. 
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Calories: 88kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 18mg | Potassium: 87mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 106IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 1mg

7 thoughts on “Tahini Yogurt Sauce (5-Minute Recipe)”

  1. 5 stars
    This was so simple to put together, that I really didn’t expect much. I was wrong! It was delicious, to the point that I had to force myself to stop eating it. I may have used more lemon than called for, but we love lemon. My tahini had been in the fridge for a while, so I zapped it in the microwave for 30 seconds to make it easier to blend. For toppings, I used olive oil (highly recommended), lemon zest, chopped chives and Aleppo pepper. Served with home made pita chips and cucumber spears, it was the perfect Friday night appetizer. Thanks for a great recipe!


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