14 Ways To Use Tahini (That Are NOT Hummus)!

We love hummus in our family. Seriously. It’s possibly the only food that everyone here eats.

So, I make a lot of hummus. Which means that I always have a can (or two) of tahini in my pantry.

What’s tahini? It’s a paste – similar to peanut butter – made from ground sesame seeds. And, along with chickpeas, it is an essential component in hummus.

What I didn’t know was how very versatile tahini is – and that it can be used in so many types of dishes. So I started doing a little research – and I’ve rounded up 14 fabulous and creative recipes that highlight tahini!

One quick note – much like “natural” peanut butter, tahini separates upon settling. So don’t be alarmed when you open it up for the first time – just give it a good stir to emulsify. And keep it in the fridge after opening.

Ready? Now go grab a can (or two) and get cooking – and baking!

Orange Tahini Dressing

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Let’s start with dressings – one of the easiest and most versatile ways to use tahini in cooking. This slightly sweet dressing incorporates fresh orange juice and zest with a bit of maple syrup.

Image and recipe courtesy of Edible Perspective

Low Fat Tahini Dressing

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Chickpeas are the unexpected “secret ingredient” in this tasty low-fat dressing.

Get the recipe at Fat Free Vegan

Cucumber Salad

simply recipes cucumber salad with tahini dressing
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I can’t wait to make this crunchy salad, filled with lots of fresh herbs.

Get the receipe at Simply Recipes

Lentil, Date And Tomato Salad

veggie num num lentil salad with tahini chili oil dressing
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I love this twist on Greek salad, incorporating lentils and dates. And the chili oil dressing? Kicks it all up a notch.

Get the recipe at Veggie Num Num

Kale Salad With Vegetables And Wild Rice

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Vegetables, wild rice and toasted pepitas turn this salad into a perfect light meal.

Get the recipe at Bev Cooks

Chicken Shawarma

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This classic Middle Eastern dish gets a kick from a bracing dressing of yogurt, tahini and fresh lemon juice.

Get the recipe at Bev Cooks

Bbq Tempeh Salad

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You’ll never look at vegan cooking the same way after making (and eating!) this finger-lickin-good dish. Tempeh marinated in BBQ sauce is served over baby greens and citrus segments.

Get the recipe at Babble

Mint Pesto

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Pesto is so much more than basil and pine nuts – I love this fresh approach, using mint leaves, cumin and honey to serve over some succulent lamb chops.

Get the recipe at A Spicy Perspective

Roasted Artichoke With Honey-Tahini Dip

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“Chip ‘n Dip” is looking – dare I say? – elegant, with roasted artichokes paired with a honey-tahini dipping sauce.

Get the recipe at Cara’s Cravings

Deviled Eggs

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Tahini also stars in some of your favorite starters and snacks! These deviled eggs got a healthy makeover, replacing the traditional mayo with hummus.

Get the recipe at The Honour System

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Sweet Potato “Hummus”

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Roasted sweet potatoes (yum!) replace chickpeas as the base for this clean-out-the-fridge flatbread.

Get the recipe at Five and Spice

Lemon Pepper Broccoli

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Veggies heart tahini too! I’m always looking for ways to bring a little excitement to broccoli dishes – this lovely side can be served warm or cold!

Get the recipe at Babble

Sautéed Kale

simply recipes sauteed kale with tahini sauce
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I typically use kale raw, in salads – this sautéed kale dish topped with a tahini sauce looks very inviting!

Image and recipe courtesy of Simply Recipes

Tahini Brownies

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I suspect that these vegan brownies taste even better than they look.

Get the recipe at We Heart Food

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