Tahini is a staple in my house. Growing up in Israel, this creamy a delicious Middle Eastern sauce was made and used often. Many cultures use tahini in many different ways as a dressing, in cooked dishes and in desserts.
So what is tahini?
Tahini is a paste made from ground sesame seeds also known as raw tahini. The paste is then made into a thinner creamy sauce that can be made into spreads and dressings.
This version is a traditional Middle Eastern and can be used as a drizzle dressing on salads, steamed veggies, grains, sandwiches and more.
Tahini is extremely high in nutrients and has tremendous health benefits.
~Move over milk! Tahini is one of the best sources for calcium and it’s excellent for promoting healthy bones.
~It is high in many other minerals like magnesium, iron, potassium, copper and phosphorus which help prevent anemia, arthritis and osteoporosis.
~Tahini is high in many of the B vitamins and Vitamin E which is excellent for overall health and helps you have shining hair and glowing skin.
~It is very high in proteins, fiber and the healthy for you fats like omega 3.
Make sure you use a good quality brand that is made of whole organic sesame seeds (unhulled) to get the healthiest and yummiest dressing.
This brand is wonderful.
½ cup raw tahini
½ cup water
Juice of one lemon
2-3 garlic cloves
A few sprigs of parsley
Salt and pepper to taste
Mix it all in a blender until smooth and creamy. You can adjust the thickness by adding more or less water. The tahini sauce can be stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator for a few days. After storage it will thicken quite a bit so just thin it out with a little water before serving.