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While looking for different flavours and ingredients I could experiment with I kept stumbling upon tahini, people would swear by it and they were adding it left and right to so many recipes but I had no idea what it actually was.
I did some research and when I learned what tahini sauce was made off I wasn't really impressed and I wasn't sure what to think about it, the idea of sesame seed paste didn't really sound that appealing to me. I thought it would be somewhat bland or taste less, but I was very wrong. I am glad I decided to give it a try.
Tahini is a staple in Mediterranean kitchens, it's made of two basic ingredients, sesame seeds, oil and nothing else. Nowadays you can easily find it at your local market since it has gained a lot of popularity due to it's health benefits, which I'll tell you about later but before it was just another ingredient found in hummus.
There are many ways you can include tahini in your diet since it's super versatile and it can be used in both savoury and sweet dishes. I like to make tahini dressing with it, it was supposed to go with my Baked falafel recipe but now I use it for a bunch of different things, as a salad dressing or as a dipping sauce for freshly cut veggie sticks.
To make the tahini dressing we don't need a lot of things, you can mix it all in a bowl with a spoon; I make it in a glass container that has a lid so I can store it in the fridge if there are any leftovers and that way I don't have to use any extra dishes.
As far as the ingredients, we have lime juice, maple syrup, sea salt, tahini and garlic powder. A side from the tahini, you probably already have everything else in your fridge or your pantry. You can even use fresh garlic if you have that handy, I used powder since fresh garlic can be a bit overwhelming and if I want to make less dressing I cans easily adjust the amount of power I throw in there.
As I mentioned before, tahini has become super popular because of its benefits, I am part of that club for sure! So let me tell you what you are getting out of this delicious sauce:
These are just a few of its benefits, I would need a couple of pages to name them all and I don't want to keep you in front of the screen for that long, you are better off elsewhere, like the kitchen, making this tahini dressing.
If you decide to give this tahini recipe a try let us know in the comments what you used it for, we'd love some inspiration.
|Amount Per Serving|
|Calories 145||From Fat 97|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 11g||16.56%|
|Saturated Fat 2g||7.54%|
|Trans Fat 0g|
|Total Carbohydrate 8g||2.78%|
|Dietry Fiber 2g||8.06%|
|Vitamin A 24.39IU||0.49%|
|Vitamin B-12 0µg||0%|
|Vitamin B-6 0.05mg||2.55%|
|Vitamin C 6.61mg||11.02%|
|Vitamin D 0IU||0%|
|Vitamin E 0.1mg||0.35%|
|Vitamin K1 (phylloquinone) 0.14µg||0.17%|
|Pantothenic acid 0.17mg||1.72%|
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Calories per gram:
Fat 9 • Carbohydrate 4 • Protein 4
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