You know tahini; if you’ve ever eaten hummus chances are you’ve eaten tahini. It’s a sesame seed paste that’s similar to a nut butter but thinner in texture and more subtle in flavor. Tahini is a key ingredient in the classic chickpea dip but don’t limit it to hummus, that’s not the only dish where the rich, nutty flavor of tahini shines. Tahini is excellent in other dips too (try our cauliflower-spinach dip and see), as well as in everything from eggs to roasted fish, also in sauces and it gives a rich, buttery flavor to a dairy free soup. And did we mention our tahini cookies?!
Dan Dan NoodlesMaking chili oil from scratch is easy and adds a delicious complex flavor to this dish, but you can use regular hot chili oil instead in a pinch.
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Tahini SauceUse this dressing for Steamed Broccoli and Squash with Tahini Sauce (or any greens). It is also delicious simply drizzled over cooked salmon, tofu, or chicken breast.
Apple with TahiniTry this variation on apples and peanut butter for a healthy snack.
Quinoa-and-Turkey Patties in Pita with Tahini SauceThe combination of turkey dark meat and quinoa was inspired by the Middle Eastern dish kibbe, which is made of ground lamb and bulghur. Crisp cucumber and red-onion slices contrast with the creamy tahini (sesame-seed paste) dressing and soft patties.
Tahini MayonnaiseThis tahini mayonnaise has a nutty flavor that pairs well with our recipe for veggie burgers.
Banana Tahini BitesThis is actually a tahini-cream cheese sandwich, with a banana slice on top.
Red Bean–Tahini Spread
Fresh Fruit with Applesauce-Sweetened TahiniTahini and coconut give classic fruit salad an exotic twist. Mango, grapes, and citrus fruit work well here, but you can also use any fruit that's in season.
Sweet Potato HummusSweet potatoes' orange glow gives away their beta-carotene content. By serving this dip with whole-wheat pita and raw vegetables such as red peppers and broccoli, you also get selenium, vitamin C, and sulforaphane.
Gently Steamed Fish with Cucumber, Borage, and Tahini SauceRecipe
Fava Bean and Sausage DipSpicy lamb sausage tops a Middle Eastern-style dip similar to hummus.Recipe
Pasta with Tahini and Bell PepperMake this summer pasta dish with our Tahini Dressing; it can be served warm or at room temperature.Recipe
Spicy Tahini SauceUsed throughout the Middle East as a dressing for salads, a sauce to drizzle over fish, chicken or vegetables, or as a dip in combination with eggplant or chickpeas, tahini is made from untoasted sesame seeds.Recipe
Zucchini BabaghanoujZucchini gives a different spin to this Mediterranean dip traditionally made with eggplant. Serve the dip as part of a mezze platter, alongside pita, crudite and olives.Recipe
Falafel SandwichWhen you're craving falafel, make your own and serve it up in pitas with all the usual toppings.Recipe
Tahini DressingUse this recipe when making our Cucumber and Tomato Salad with Tahini Dressing.Recipe
Eggplant SpreadThis garlicky spread is made with grilled eggplant; serve it with pita bread.Recipe
Tahini Fruit DipTahini adds a nutty richness to this sweet and creamy dip, suitable for snacking or a light, healthy dessert.Recipe
Smoked-Salmon Lettuce Rolls With Avocado and TahiniSoutheast Asian summer rolls were our jumping-off point for this no-cook recipe.Recipe
Lemon, Sesame, and Garlic HummusServe this hummus with rice crackers or fresh veggie slices for a healthy snack. For a light lunch, stuff in pita bread with baby spinach leaves. For a zesty, enticing dip, puree guacamole into the mixture.Recipe
Quinoa Bowl With Tahini DressingThis vegan, gluten-free grain bowl is packed with flavors and textures, thanks to roasted veggies, a creamy tahini dressing, and cool, crisp toppings.Recipe
Frozen Coconut and Roasted Pineapple CakeThis recipe is adapted from Michele Goldsmith, Executive Pastry Chef at Nobu 57. Martha made this on episode 506 of Martha Bakes.Post
No Tahini? No Problem! Whip Up Smooth and Creamy Hummus Without Saying “Open Sesame (Paste)”What’s not to love about hummus? It’s nutritious, delicious, and satisfying; it’s quick, easy, and economical to make; and kids like it just as much as the grown-ups do. But what happens when you feel like whipping up a batch of hummus but you don’t have any tahini? Not to worry -- there are plenty of alternatives.AdvertisementAdvertisementRecipe
Brown-Rice Cakes with ToppingsPuffy brown-rice cakes are just as versatile as toasts for layering on the flavor (and they're gluten-free).Video
Tangy Tahini and Mango SmoothieWith only 4 simple ingredient, this anti-oxidant rich Mango-Tahini Smoothie packs a powerful punch with plenty of vitamin C from the sweet mango. Enjoy!Video
Light and Flavorful Tahini CookiesThese light and flavorful cookies are made with everyday ingredients you most likely have in your pantry. Sesame seeds coat the outside adding a nice crunch while the flavor inside tastes mildly sweet. These cookies are perfect with a glass of milk and are so simple to make!See More