This creamy, luxe ingredient can turn anything into an extraordinary meal.
Credit: Photo: Jennifer Causey

When fall weather eventually rolls around, it has me craving the flavors that coordinate with the season. Tahini is a perfect condiment to add a layer of cozy fall flavor into your favorite meal ideas. It’s a creamy, nutty, savory, all-in-one healthy and simple sauce. It’s an ingredient that simultaneously richens and brightens any recipe instantly. It goes perfectly with cold season classics such as squash, lentils, chickpeas, and more.

Here are some of my favorite Cooking Light recipes that use tahini as a fall flavor powerhouse:

Autumn Glow Salad

Credit: Photo: Greg DuPree

This recipe from our latest 3 Day Pretox is the perfect go-to salad. It’s wonderfully balanced with savory and bright flavors and totally satiating and nutritious.

Credit: Photo: Jennifer Causey

Tahini-Carrot Soup with Pistachios

Is there anything better than a warm, savory soup in the fall? Tahini multitasks in this flavorful soup by making it rich and vegan!

Credit: Photo: Jennifer Causey

Chocolate-Tahini Banana Bread

This may be the most decadently healthy banana bread you can find. Make it for your friends and have them guess what the complex, rich-yet-creamy secret ingredient is. They’ll never guess it’s tahini, but once they do they’ll never make banana bread without it.

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Apple-Tahini Toast

This is the perfect breakfast or quick snack after a beautiful day of autumn apple picking. Super easy to put together and cozy fall flavors such as cinnamon and honey make this a sweet treat.

Credit: Photo: Greg Dupree

Creamy Hummus with Spiced Ground Beef

This recipe will top any store-bought hummus, and the unique addition of spiced beef will make you the star of your next dinner party. Tahini is an essential staple in hummus and beautiful Mediterranean flavors such as coriander, cumin, and golden raisins bring out its bright and savory flavor.