Snap Pea and Radish Salad with Tahini Dressing
Tahini and sesame seeds flavor this quick, refreshing and unexpected salad from F&W's Kay Chun.
Hummus with Tahini & Spicy Chickpeas
Michael Solomonov makes his signature hummus at Zahav with an unusually generous amount of tahini--something that distinguishes the hummus of his native Israel from that of other Middle Eastern countries. He tops the dish with warm chickpeas fried with jalapeno, cumin and crushed Aleppo pepper.
Easy Hummus with Tahini
Hummus can do more than cling to a carrot stick. Grace Parisi's sublime version adds nutty flavor to potato salad, eggs and soup.
Warm Chickpea and Broccolini Salad with Tahini Dressing
The tahini dressing in this warm salad becomes likes a tangy and savory sauce, while fresh cherry tomatoes tossed in at the end deliver a burst of sweetness to balance out the flavors.
Green Vegetables with Dukka and Tahini Dressing
The Egyptian spice blend dukka is a fantastic garnish for this delicious vegetable dish. Sprouted, or activated, almonds add healthy crunch.
Heirloom Tomato Salad Flatbreads with Pepperoncini-Tahini Dressing
Heirloom tomatoes are placed onto every square inch of these freshly baked, homemade-flatbreads and then topped with tangy pepperoncini dressing and small watermelon gherkins.
Roasted Lemon Broccoli with Tahini-Yogurt Sauce
Cookbook author Tara Duggan is a master of root-to-stalk vegetable cooking. She uses both the broccoli stalk and the florets for this spicy, tangy recipe.
Quinoa and Brown Rice Bowl with Vegetables and Tahini
"While in Los Angeles filming the second season of Top Chef Just Desserts last year, I discovered Cafe Gratitude, a vegan cafe with a cult following," Gail Simmons says. "For me, its fresh, simple food was the perfect antidote to all that sugar. I became addicted to aptly named dishes like I Am Fortified--a bowl of whole grains with lots of cooked vegetables. When I got back to New York, I developed my own version."
Spicy Pita Pockets with Chicken, Lentils, and Tahini Sauce
Here's something to do with roasted chicken from the deli--a Middle Eastern sandwich chock-full of spicy lentils, bulgur, lettuce, tomato and tahini sauce. Two pockets per person is enough to make a meal. If you like, serve extra Tabasco sauce at the table. You can find tahini (sesame-seed paste) in most supermarkets.
Sesame Tahini Currant Cookies
Tahini, sesame oil and sesame seeds combine together in these deliciously nutty dome-shaped cookies. Dried currants lend a nice texture to their soft and crumbly insides, while sesame seeds coat the exteriors and add a pleasant crunch. These are excellent with a cup of green tea.
Chicken Salad with Tahini-Yogurt Dressing
Jamie Bissonnette likes to make this grilled-chicken salad with boneless thighs because they stay juicier than breasts. "The yogurt sauce on the side is a little bit Indian and a little bit Middle Eastern," he says.
Honey Tahini Cookies
These delicious, gluten-free cookies are both chewy and crisp. "They're like elegant, interesting versions of peanut butter cookies," one F&W editor says.
Roasted Cauliflower with Tahini Sauce
Chef Duskie Estes rubs aromatic seasonings and tangy sumac all over heads of cauliflower, then roasts them whole.
Carrots with Tahini Dressing
"I like the clean flavors in this dish," says Sam Mogannam of this incredibly simple side, which is as good with turkey as it is with steamed fish, roast chicken or pork.
Middle Eastern-Inspired Chicken with Tahini Sauce
Tahini is made with sesame seeds, which are rich in essential minerals. Blended with nonfat Greek yogurt, it becomes a luscious sauce for cardamom-spiced chicken breast.
Broiled Eggplant with Tahini Sauce and Pomegranate Seeds
The Middle Eastern sesame seed paste known as tahini makes a sumptuous accompaniment to broiled eggplant, while jewel-like pomegranate seeds add glitter and crunch.
Ana Sortun likes to serve this tangy Middle Eastern twist on the classic French sauce with oily fish like bluefish. But the intense flavor of the tahini stands up equally well to charred lamb.
Tahini Hummus and Honey Toasts
The mingling of sweet and salty is the idea here. The bracing lemony and nutty flavor of this hummus pairs really well with a generous drizzle of some raw honey - When spread over some crispy hot bread, the combination makes for some irresistibly special little toasts. Sprinkle with a bit of flaky sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper when serving.