Lemon Tahini Dressing

Umami. Ever heard of it? Umami is best described as the savory flavor. Not salty, not sweet, not sour, not bitter. Umami. It’s present when your mouth waters after tasting non-plant-based foods like parmesan cheese, red meat, and many broths and stocks. It is often missing in plant-based food.

But, thankfully, there are a couple umami bombs that we can use to bring some savory flavor to our plant-based life. Tahini and nutritional yeast are both umami bombs, and yes, they are front and center in this dressing. Throw it on salads, roasted veggies, or really, anything!

Lemon Tahini Dressing (vegan)


2 cloves of garlic

1/4 cup tahini

juice of 3 large lemons

3 tablespoons nutritional yeast

1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

salt + pepper, to taste


1) Pulse the garlic in a food processor. Add the remaining ingredients and process until smooth. Store in refrigerator for up to 7 days. Dressing with thicken upon sitting. Stir well before use.

Recipe adapted from Oh She Glows