This addictive sauce adds a creamy, fresh pop of flavor to buddha bowls and makes a delicious dip for veggies. It represents a classic nut/seed sauce with just the right balance of creaminess and tanginess.



  • 1/3 cup tahini
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Chili pepper flakes (optional)


1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender, and blend until smooth.

2. Slowly add more water as needed to reach the desired consistency (a light creamy dressing consistency for salads or a thicker consistency for a dip).


  • Nutt/seed butter: peanut butter, cashews, almond butter, pumpkin seeds
  • Acid: lemon juice, lime juice, orange juice, apple cider vinegar, rice vinegar, balsamic vinegar
  • Herb/spice: nutritional yeast, fresh or dried herbs like mint, parsley, or basil, cumin, ginger, garlic chili pepper flakes, cayenne

Variation Suggestion – Asian-style Peanut Sauce

  • Swap Tahini for peanut butter
  • Swap Lemon juice for lime juice
  • Substitute half of the water for tamari or soy sauce
  • Omit nutritional yeast