The Daily Feed: Five Creative Uses for Tahini

If you’ve ever made hummus, chances are you still have a half-full jar of tahini in the back of your pantry. Though this creamy sesame paste is a common staple in Middle Eastern cooking, most of us in the U.S. don’t use it nearly as often as we could.

Here are five tasty uses for tahini:

1. Melissa Clark of the New York Times combine tahini, carrots, leeks and warm spices in this brightly-hued Tahini and Carrot Soup

2. Pair tahini with roasted eggplant, garlic and yogurt to make smoky baba ghanoush. Serve with toasted pita chips.

3. Thin tahini with lemon and hot water, and drizzle over falafel...

4. ... or over a quick and colorful chopped salad.

5. Use tahini as a dressing for fattoush, a bread salad with romaine, cucumber, tomato, red onion and mint.

Think outside the box, too. My recipe for Sesame Flapjacks with Tahini-Maple Syrup appeared in the Washington Post, and proves that this savory paste can shine in sweet as well as savory applications.


Cheryl Sternman Rule is a widely-published food writer and the voice behind the blog 5 Second Rule.

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