RecipeTahini Dressing

Nutrition Facts
Amount per Serving
  • Calories: 45
  • Protein: 1 g
  • Total Fat: 4 g
    • Unsaturated Fat: 3.5 g
    • Saturated Fat: 0.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate: 2 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 0 g
  • Total Sugar: 0 g
    • Natural Sugar: 0 g
    • Added Sugar: 0 g
  • Sodium: 30 mg

This dressing is a staple in Middle Eastern cuisine; it’s well-known for its mellow flavor and ability to make just about any dish sing. It stars tahini paste, which is made of hulled, toasted sesame seeds (sold in the condiment or international foods section of most markets), along with a dash of extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice and garlic. The result: a flavorful accompaniment for various Mediterranean dishes, including falafel, salads and hummus. We can’t get enough of it in my house…we drizzle it on cooked veggies, sandwiches, and everything in between.

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This recipe makes a heaping ½ cup
  • • ¼ cup tahini (sesame paste; mixed well before measuring)
  • • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • • 3 to 4 tablespoons warm water
  • • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt, more to taste
  • • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper, more to taste

Mix the tahini paste with olive oil and lemon juice. It will begin to thicken substantially. Next, add the warm water (start with 2 tablespoons and add a third if you want a thinner consistency), garlic powder, salt and pepper. Continue to mix until it becomes a smooth dressing-like consistency. Season with extra salt and pepper to taste.

Nutrition information based on 1 tablespoon.

Drizzle it over these Maple Roasted Carrots!