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!
1. Orange Tahini Dressing
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. (via Edible Perspective)
2. Low Fat Tahini Dressing
Chickpeas are the unexpected “secret ingredient” in this tasty low-fat dressing. (via Fat Free Vegan)
3. Cucumber Salad
I can’t wait to make this crunchy salad, filled with lots of fresh herbs.(via Simply Recipes)
4. Lentil, Date And Tomato Salad
I love this twist on Greek salad, incorporating lentils and dates. And the chili oil dressing? Kicks it all up a notch. (via Veggie Num Num)
5. Kale Salad With Vegetables And Wild Rice
Vegetables, wild rice and toasted pepitas turn this salad into a perfect light meal. (via Bev Cooks)
6. Chicken Shawarma
This classic Middle Eastern dish gets a kick from a bracing dressing of yogurt, tahini and fresh lemon juice. (via Bev Cooks)
7. Bbq Tempeh Salad
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. (via Babble)
8. Mint Pesto
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. (via A Spicy Perspective)
9. Roasted Artichoke With Honey-Tahini Dip
“Chip ‘n Dip” is looking – dare I say? – elegant, with roasted artichokes paired with a honey-tahini dipping sauce. (via Cara’s Cravings)
10. Deviled Eggs
Tahini also stars in some of your favorite starters and snacks! These deviled eggs got a healthy makeover, replacing the traditional mayo with hummus. (via The Honour System)
11. Sweet Potato “Hummus”
Roasted sweet potatoes (yum!) replace chickpeas as the base for this clean-out-the-fridge flatbread. (via Five and Spice)
12. Lemon Pepper Broccoli
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! (via Babble)
13. Sautéed Kale
I typically use kale raw, in salads – this sautéed kale dish topped with a tahini sauce looks very inviting! (via Simply Recipes)
14. Tahini Brownies
I suspect that these vegan brownies taste even better than they look. (via We Heart Food)