One of the things we’ve been working with lately is tahini, thus this simple vegan dressing, Agave Tahini Dressing, came to be. I had a version of this tasty and delicate dressing for years served alongside my Greek food whenever I ordered it out, but never had I been challenged with making it. No longer did I have that luxury since I was first, out of Greek places since we moved, and second, confined to my house.
Since Samantha and I have been on a hummus kick (see: Lemon and Kalamata White Bean Artichoke Hummus for starters), I had some tahini leftover from when I was taking a whack at her recipes, and a few lemons in the fridge were also leftover from our now bi-weekly trips to the grocery store. Let’s be honest–“our” bi-weekly trips means Eric’s bi-weekly trips. My anxiety is far too high to be going to the grocery store these days so I send him along with a list a mile long. Thankfully, I’ve taught him well over the years so he gets exactly what I need.
What is tahini?
Simply put, tahini is sesame seed paste. The seeds soaked and then ground into a paste. It is kind of like natural nut butter, it does separate, so beware, you will find some oil on top and have to stir to incorporate.
What does tahini taste like?
That’s always a popular question. It has a rich nutty flavor. And tahini has a long shelf life, so you should be able to store it in a cool dark place for a while, or in the refrigerator, like I do. If it becomes excessively bitter or just plain tastes bad, that means it’s time to move on and buy yourself some more.
Uses for this dressing
- Salads would be the number one choice. Any type of salad would work well. You could top our Mediterranean Salad with it for starters as an alternative to our recommended Greek dressing.
- Falafel would be my next choice. Those crispy delicious chickpea fried (or baked) patties that you want to devour in seconds because you just topped them with a delicious dressing gone dipping sauce.
- Anything your hearts desire that you want to add to be it a spread for a sandwich, Mediterranean platter as a dip, or a dinner that needs a sauce kick!
This may be a dressing, but it really could stand in as a Greek sauce or Mediterranean sauce for your cooking without a doubt. Kind of like how tzatziki can serve many purposes, this Agave Tahini Dressing can take on many roles because of its mild flavor profile.
So there we have it my friends, pick up a can of tahini the next time you are able to get out to the grocery store or place your order (or send your brave Eric out) and give this one a try. Stay healthy and well.
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Agave Tahini Dressing
- 1/2 cup tahini
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1 clove garlic chopped roughly or smashed
- 2 teaspoons agave
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- In a food processor combine all of the ingredients plus 1/2 cup water. Pulse to combine initially, so the food processor does not leak. Then process for 2 minutes to combine well and fully chop up the garlic. Serve immediately or refrigerate.
- Dressing will last up to 3 days in the refrigerator in a tightly sealed food storage container.