Fresh and healthy homemade green tahini, sesame-seed salad dressing/dip.
The following recipe gives a refreshing twist to the classic Mediterranean tahini dip – it adds fresh greens, which give a lovely color and a delicious, slightly tangy and bitter taste that goes great with the oily fraction of the tahini. The best part about it is its versatility – no exact measurements are needed. It’s possible to play with the sort and amount of greens and the amount of liquids, so you can get a thicker, spread-like consistency, or a thinner variation which is used as a salad dressing.
Contrary to what many health adherents advise, I recommend using tahini from hulled sesame seeds, for its sweeter taste and smoother texture. It’s true that the sesame seed hull contains large amounts of calcium, but it is bound in a way that makes it not readily absorbable.
Green Tahini Dressing/Dip Recipe
• tahini from hulled sesame seeds (approximately 1\2 cup)
• juice of one lemon
• 2-3 garlic cloves
• 1\2 tsp sea salt
• water (1\2 to 1 cup)
• about 1 cup chopped fresh greens – a mixture (in any proportions) of parsley, cilantro and dill. You may omit the dill if you prefer.
1. Place all ingredients except water in a food processor and start blending.
2. Add water gradually until desired consistency is reached. Keep in mind that this dressing will thicken slightly in the refrigerator.
3. Refrigerated, it will keep about one week.
Replace lime juice with lemon juice. Add 1 teaspoon of amba (a sweet and tart mango condiment popular in Israel). If you’re really into making everything from scratch, you can whip up your own.
Anna Twitto’s academic background in nutrition made her care deeply about real food and seek ways to obtain it. Anna and her husband live on a plot of land in Israel. They aim to grow and raise a significant part of their food by maintaining a vegetable garden, keeping a flock of backyard chickens and foraging. Anna's books are on her Amazon.com Author Page. Connect with Anna on Facebook and read more about her current projects on her blog. Read all Anna's Mother Earth News posts here.
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