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Dipping a piece of roasted cauliflower in a bowl of harissa tahini sauce

Our tahini obsession continues, but this time with a smoky twist. Meet our newest obsession: Harissa Tahini Sauce in 5 Minutes! It’s bright, zesty, harissa-infused, and SO easy to create, thanks to True Food Kitchen! This very adaptable, colorful sauce takes only 5 ingredients and 1 bowl to make, and it’s ideal for tacos, nutrient bowls, salads, and more. Let us demonstrate how it’s done!

Harissa sauce, lemons, sea salt, smoked paprika, tahini, and water


This simple sauce is a lovely mix of some of our favorite foods. With the inclusion of creamy tahini, it is influenced by Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines. With the addition of harissa, it’s also inspired by North African cuisine. To read more about the origins of these versatile and savory ingredients, click on the links below.

Whisking harissa with other ingredients to make harissa tahini sauce

To make the sauce, combine the tahini and harissa with a sufficient amount of lemon juice for acidity, smoked paprika for a hint of smokiness, and salt to bring out all of the flavors. Then, using a little water, thin it out till it’s a saucy consistency that’s great for almost anything!

Pouring water into a bowl to thin the harissa tahini sauce

We hope you LOVE this sauce! It’s:

& SO Versatile!

Make a batch to add flavor to your meals for the entire week! Tacos, healthy bowls, salads, roasted vegetables, and more are all excellent with it. Try it with our Garlic & Herb Sweet Potato Nourish Bowl, Quick Crispy Cauliflower, Roasted Butternut Squash, Perfect Roasted Asparagus, or Quick Crispy Cauliflower.

Bowl of harissa tahini sauce next to harissa sauce, a lemon slice, paprika, and tahini

Sauces Made with Tahini

Please let us know if you attempt this recipe! Leave a remark, give it a rating, and don’t forget to use the hashtag #minimalistbaker in your Instagram photos. Friends, cheers!

Plate of crispy cauliflower and bowl of harissa tahini sauce

Prep Time 5 minutes

Total Time 5 minutes

Servings 12 (Tablespoons)

Course Dressing, Sauce

Cuisine Gluten-Free, Mediterranean-Inspired, Middle Eastern-Inspired, North African-Inspired, Vegan

Freezer Friendly No

Does it keep? 4-5 Days

  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 3 Tbsp lemon juice, plus more as needed
  • 2 Tbsp harissa sauce* (NOT paste // we used Mina harissa mild)
  • 1/4 – 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 cup water (plus more as needed)
  • Add all ingredients (except water) to a small bowl and whisk to incorporate (so tahini, lemon juice, harissa sauce, salt, and smoked paprika).
  • Whisk in a small amount of water at a time until you have a creamy, pourable sauce. Add more lemon juice for tang, paprika for smokiness, harissa for mild heat, and sea salt for overall taste as needed.
  • Leftovers can be stored for up to 4-5 days in an airtight container. Thin with water if necessary after refrigerating. Not suitable for freezing.
*Recipe as written makes ~3/4 cup.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated with the lesser amount of salt.
*If using a spicy harissa sauce, start with less and work your way up.
*Leftover harissa (for example, the Mina harissa sauce we used) is delicious with eggs or pasta or in shakshuka. It can also be frozen in an ice cube tray for later use.

Serving: 1 tablespoon Calories: 44 Carbohydrates: 1.2 g Protein: 1.3 g Fat: 4.1 g Saturated Fat: 0.6 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.6 g Monounsaturated Fat: 1.7 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 63 mg Potassium: 27 mg Fiber: 0.7 g Sugar: 0.3 g Vitamin A: 87.7 IU Vitamin C: 1.5 mg Calcium: 4.1 mg Iron: 0.4 mg


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