Lemony Tahini Sauce

tahini sauce

Tahini is simply a runny paste made from ground, usually toasted, sesame seeds.  It's a Middle Eastern condiment most notably used in making hummus.  It can also be used on it's own blended into a simple sauce for topping almost anything, sweet or savory.  It's high in calcium, protein, and healthy fats - a great addition to vegetarian or vegan diets.

At the Parekh household, this is our all-purpose put on absolutely everything sauce.  It's creamy, nutty, and earthy with a slight tang from lemon.  We use it to drizzle over roasted vegetables such as cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, or sweet potatoes.  It's great to jazz up sautΓ©ed greens with brown rice, or as a dip for raw veggies and pita.  I also like it over oatmeal or yogurt in place of my standard spoon of almond butter.  What's great too is that it keeps in the fridge for at least a week.  I make a batch on Sunday nights to drizzle on anything and everything.  

Lemony Tahini Sauce

Makes approximately 1 cup

1/4 - 1/3 cup tahini (I like this brand)
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup ice cold filtered water
1/4 tsp. salt
Dash of cayenne and/or cumin (optional)

Whisk ingredients together in a small bowl or jar until well combined. The lemon juice makes this sauce thicken very fast and it may seem to separate before coming together. Just keep stirring! 

Notes: The sauce will continue to thicken as it sits. Add 1 tablespoon of water at a time to loosen it back up.