Tahini is simply a paste made from sesame seeds, preferably raw. It is common in middle eastern cooking.
Lemon-tahini sauce is a very quick and easy, nutrient-packed condiment that is very versatile. Pour it over steamed or roasted vegetables, spread it on a sandwich, or use it with chickpeas to make fresh hummus.
Sesame seeds can be bitter, so the lemon juice offsets this bitterness while the addition of water helps thin the sauce out. When it’s done, it will have a whipped quality to it.
Yield: ~3-4 tbsp; 2 servings
2 Tbsp tahini paste, preferably raw
2-3 tsp fresh lemon juice, separated
pinch of sea salt
4+ tsp filtered water
1. Pour tahini paste into a small bowl, making sure to mix the oil into the paste before removing from container (think separated peanut butter).
2. Stir in 2 tsp lemon juice and salt.
3. Stir in 4 tsp water to loosen. Taste, and add extra lemon juice as needed to cut through bitterness. Add additional water until the tahini sauce drips easily off the spoon. It will begin to look whipped.
4. Serve or refrigerate in a covered container for up to 2 weeks.