Tahini is a simple sauce that has become the backbone and staple of many Israeli foods. Tahini begins as a paste of ground sesame seeds. From there, traditional tahini is made by adding lemon juice, water, salt and, if you like, herbs. This is the version that you are most likely to find at your local hummus stand. Tahini is also a major component of other dips, like hummus and baba ganoush. It can also be used to make salad dressings, sauces for meat and fish, and sweet desserts. Once you get the hang of perfect tahini sauce, you’ll be looking for ways to use it on almost everything!
⅓ cup tahini (sesame paste)
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 small garlic clove, minced or crushed
1 pinch of salt
In a small bowl, combine ingredients and stir well. Can be thinned with more water or thickened with additional tahini according to your preference.
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