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Tahini Sauce

Photo: Jennifer Causey
Active time 10 mins
Total time 20 mins
Yield

Serves 16 (serving size: 1 tbsp.)

There’s a difference between tahini (sesame paste sold in jars) and tahini sauce (a mixture of tahini, lemon, and garlic). The paste is a great base note for sweet and savory dishes; the sauce is a stand-alone condiment worth drizzling over soups, sandwiches, and much more. Tahini sauce is also essential for great hummus (see box). We follow the Michael Solomonov method of steeping the garlic in lemon juice to remove its bite and let the tahini shine through. To turn it into a salad dressing, simply thin with a little water (about 1 tablespoon per 1⁄2 cup sauce). This recipe goes with: Tahini-Carrot Soup with Pistachios

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup tahini (sesame seed paste), well stirred
  • 6 tablespoons ice water

Nutrition Information

  • calories 46
  • fat 4 g
  • satfat 1.5 g
  • monofat 1.7 g
  • polyfat 1 g
  • protein 2 g
  • carbohydrate 0.0 g
  • fiber 0.0 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 0.0 mg
  • sodium 63 mg
  • calcium 12 mg
  • sugars 9 g

How to Make It

  1. Combine first 3 ingredients in a bowl; let stand 10 minutes. Add tahini to garlic mixture, stirring with a whisk to combine (mixture will be very thick). Add 6 tablespoons ice water, 2 tablespoons at a time, stirring after each addition until incorporated and sauce reaches desired consistency.