Monday, January 16, 2017

Make Your Own Tahini

by Helen Rose, Owner of Superfoods On Main

We all know that pre-made tahini can be expensive.  However it is so easy to make it your self and you can use it in a lot of recipes.  See below for some ideas.


Place sesame seeds and olive oil in a blender. Purée one minute, scrape down sides, and purée an additional minute, adding more olive oil as needed. Continue blending until smooth and pourable. Transfer to a mason jar with a tight-fitting lid and store, covered, in the refrigerator.
1. Dip raw veggies in it. For a simple snack, reach for tahini instead of ranch dressing next time you're looking for a dip for crudités. Add lemon juice, salt, and a dash of pepper or hot sauce for extra flavor.

2. Drizzle it on falafel. For a no-stress summer meal, warm up store-bough frozen falafel and stuff it a pita. Thin out your tahini by adding add a few tablespoons of hot water and lemon juice and then drizzle it over the sandwich.

3. Dress your salad with it. Give your balsamic dressing a break and try a tahini-based salad dressing instead. For an easy recipe, combine ½ cup tahini and ½ cup olive oil with 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar, 2 teaspoons of lemon juice, and 2 teaspoons of grated ginger in a blender. Drizzle over your greens and enjoy.

4. Lemon Tahini Dressing.  This dressing is one of our signature dressing at Superfoods on Main.   Refreshing and creamy.  1 lemon juiced, 1 tbs. tahnini, 1 cup olive oil, 1 cup apple cider vinegar. Put all ingredients in a high speed blender.
Superfoods on Main is a vegetarian cafe in Mount Airy MD

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