I love tahini and I ate it frequently as a kid. You can find it in the ethnic food section at larger stores, or in the all natural, vegetarian sections. Tahini is a sesame paste so it’s like natural peanut butter and has a layer of oil on top that needs to be mixed into the sesame layer below it. So mix very well. Don’t expect a spicy, sweet or any other flavor but pure sesame paste -its up to you to add your personal zing to it! Did I just use the word “zing” ?
Summertime brings out my desire for tahini as it goes well with the veggies of this season. Try this dip with your favorite veggies or thin it down with more lemon juice and yogurt and use it as a salad dressing. It is better than the crap they try to sell us in bottled dressings that are all gummed up and fortified with fakeness and chemicals created in a lab somewhere.
Below I list the ingreients I used, but please experiment with your own herb and spice combinations. Try mixing and matching the following: dill, oregano, thyme, garlic and onion powder – the possibilities are endless! And don’t forget that if you want it thinner add some lemon juice and/or water- this is sorta goof proof.
1/2 cup Tahini
1/4 cup of Greek yogurt
1/4 c Lemon Juice
2 tbsp Olive Oil (optional but I love the taste of it)
Kosher Salt and ground black pepper to taste
1/4 tsp Garlic minced
2-3 tsp Chopped Fresh Parsley
1 tbsp Chopped fresh Basil
Place all ingredients in a bowl and whisk until combined, or place in a jar and shake really really well!
Chill for at least 30 minutes or overnight is even better for all flavors to combine.
Use your favorite veggies to dip into- cucumbers, carrots, broccoli…..
This is great poured over a tossed salad or over fresh tomatoes and cucumbers!