Tahini Yogurt Sauce // 5 Minute Recipe

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

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 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 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 Yogurt Sauce Ahead of Time?

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

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• Filet Mignon Bites with Creamy Horseradish Sauce

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Middle Eastern Yogurt Sauce Recipe

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

Tahini Yogurt Sauce

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Keyword: harissa yogurt sauce, middle eastern yogurt sauce, tahini yogurt sauce, yogurt sauce
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 88 kcal
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup Greek Yogurt
  • 3 Tablespoons Tahini
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 1 Tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

To Garnish:

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Combine yogurt, tahini and lemon juice in a large bowl.

  2. Top with pomegranate seeds, fresh parsley, cumin seeds and chili powder. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Serve.

Recipe Notes

Will keep in the refrigerator for one day. 

Nutrition Facts
Tahini Yogurt Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 88 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 2mg1%
Sodium 18mg1%
Potassium 87mg2%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 106IU2%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 47mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

5 comments

  1. Jenelle Woodlief

    Wow, this looks so yummy! I never thought of combining yogurt and tahini. I’m definitely going to try this!

    Reply

  2. Catherine @ To & Fro Fam

    I’ve been obsessed with tahini lately, and I love this super-easy recipe for yogurt tahini sauce. In fact, I’m pretty sure it’ll help me eat more veggies as snacks, which is one goal I have in the new year.

    Reply

  3. Marlynn | Urban Bliss Life

    5 stars
    Love a flavorful 5-minute sauce like this! Especially when it’s so versatile and can go with so many different foods.

    Reply

  4. Shari

    This looks really tasty and easy to whip up! I’m putting this all the grocery list to pair with pita chips.

    Reply

    1. Erin

      Yay! Hope you love it. It’s one of my favorites!

      Reply

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