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...see below!

Staff Picks

Brown-Rice Cakes with Toppings

Puffy brown-rice cakes are just as versatile as toasts for layering on the flavor (and they're gluten-free).

Dan Dan Noodles

Making 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.

Rice-and-Bean Salad Bowl with Tahini Sauce

Our glorious grain bowl calls for making the brown rice in advance, but even if you start from scratch, you can get the whole dish on the table in under an hour.

Mushroom-Gruyere Tart

The whole-wheat and olive oil crust for this savory tart is based on a recipe for crackers. The real surprise here is the addition of tahini in the crust; it makes the whole tart taste more complex. This recipe appears in our cookbook, "A New Way to Bake" (Clarkson Potter).

Seared Beets with Turmeric-Tahini Broccoli and Salmon

In this super nutritious, anti-inflammatory meal, the vegetables enjoy just as much of the spotlight as the salmon. Whatever you do, don't skip the pepper: the piperine found in freshly ground pepper increases the bioabsorption of the turmeric by 2,000 percent!

Tahini Fruit Dip

Tahini adds a nutty richness to this sweet and creamy dip, suitable for snacking or a light, healthy dessert.

Spicy Tahini Sauce

Used 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.

Martha's Tahini Cookies

Rolling the dough in sesame seeds enhances the flavor of the tahini and gives the cookies a satisfying crunch.

Miso-Tahini Dip

This creamy (yet dairy-free) dip uses two ingredient powerhouses that are rarely combined: umami-rich miso and nutty tahini paste. Rounded out with a little garlic, lemon juice, and sesame oil, the result is a deliciously addictive dip that is guaranteed to get a lot of play at a party. Serve it alongside a mild vegetable for dipping, like these lightly blanched asparagus stalks. 

Quinoa Bowl With Tahini Dressing

This vegan, gluten-free grain bowl is packed with flavors and textures, thanks to roasted veggies, a creamy tahini dressing, and cool, crisp toppings.

Beet-and-Tahini Dip

We replaced chickpeas with beets in this colorful take on hummus -- they deliver a lighter dip with a similarly smooth texture.

Inspiration and Ideas

Tahini Mayonnaise
Rating: 2.67 stars

This tahini mayonnaise has a nutty flavor that pairs well with our recipe for Veggie Burgers.