Creamy Herb Dressing
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This oil-free dressing is a great alternative to traditional creamy dressings because it’s allergy-friendly and loaded with calcium, thanks to the use of raw tahini, a paste made from raw sesame seeds. It’s hard to beat the flavor of fresh herbs in this recipe, but feel free to replace them with dried herbs if they are easier to find.
Recipe type: Dressing
Cuisine: American
Serves: 1 C
  • ½ cup raw tahini (see Note)
  • ½ cup water
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon raw apple cider vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh chives*
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh dill*
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  1. In a blender or food processor, combine all of the ingredients and blend until smooth and creamy.
  2. (Depending on the thickness of your tahini, you may want to add an additional 1 to 2 tablespoons water to help make the dressing more pourable.)
  3. Taste and adjust any seasoning.
  4. Serve immediately, or allow the dressing to chill in the refrigerator until ready to use. It will thicken a bit when chilled, making a thick dressing or veggie dip, but you can easily thin it out with additional water or lemon juice, as desired.
  5. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 1week.
*When using dried herbs, be sure to reduce the amount you use by two-thirds, as their flavor is much more concentrated than the fresh variety. In general, 1 teaspoon of dried herbs is equivalent to 1 tablespoon of fresh herbs. You can taste as you go. Keep this creamy dressing on hand all week long for an easy ranch like salad or quick veggie dip.

Reprinted with permission from No Excuses Detox, copyright © 2017 by Megan Gilmore, published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.
Photography copyright © 2017 by Erin Scott
Recipe by Girl Gone Mom at