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Photo: Caitlin Bensel
Ann Taylor Pittman
January 05, 2018

The mild sesame seed paste is far more than just a hummus stir-in. It provides richness to our Kale-and-Chickpea Grain Bowl with Avocado Dressing and has many other delicious uses. Try it in these everyday dishes.

Double-Sesame Noodles

Caitlin Bensel

Creamy tahini and fragrant sesame oil give this simple noodle dish a double dose of nutty flavor. The sauce is similar to Southeast Asian peanut sauce—but more allergy-friendly because it's made with sesame seeds. Get the recipe here.

 Garlicky Lemon-Tahini Dressing

Caitlin Bensel

Think of this as an all-purpose dressing, perfect for green salads or whole-grain salads, roasted vegetables or roasted meats. It has citrusy pep and a nice garlic follow-through. We like to grate the garlic on a Microplate-style grater so that it becomes a smooth paste—leaving no crunchy bits, but all the pungent flavor. Get the recipe here.

Nutty Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Caitlin Bensel

If you prefer your sweet potatoes more on the savory side, this dish is for you. Since the tubers are already naturally sweet, we add just a small drizzle of honey to enhance their flavor. The tahini lends a distinct nuttiness and contributes to the overall creaminess of the dish. We use a food processor for the smoothest texture. Get the recipe here.