Tahini dip is a quick, whole food vegan dip that is really versatile.
Since giving up dairy, I’ve increasingly found that tahini fills the hole that cheese has left. It’s got tang and unami flavours, plus wholefood fats. This dip is so quick to make, and you can splodge a bit onto anything that needs extra flavour or a bit of a sauce. Here are some ideas for how to use it…
- Spread it on toast or bread. If you make this dip nice and thick, it kind of works like a butter substitute. I particularly like crunchy toast, spread with tahini dip, and topped with baked sweet potato
- Use it to bind ingredients, as a mayonaise substitute. For example, you can mix some tahini dip with finely chopped salad and crushed chickpeas for a wholesome sandwich or wrap filling, or a jacket potato topping
- Use it as a salad dressing or drizzle some over cooked grains
- Dollop some onto a baked potato or baked sweet potato
- Use as a whole food dip for veggies, breadsticks…etc. It works really well with baked butternut squash
- Use it as a cheese substitute for pizza (see my recipe for vegan pizza here)
The ingredients are simple: light tahini paste, lemon juice and water. In the recipe I haven’t specified the amount of water: that depends on how thick you want your tahini dip. If you are using it as a spread for bread or toast then you probably want to make it quite thick. However as a salad dressing it needs to be looser. Add the water slowly, stirring all the time, until you’ve got the consistency you want.
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Free from: gluten, nuts, soya, wheat, yeast
This is a vegan recipe
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- 3 tsp tahini paste
- 1 tsp lemon juice
Mix the tahini and lemon juice together.
Add a splash of water and stir. It will thicken and look lumpy and unappealing at first but continue to add water very slowly, stirring all the time. You will end up with a creamy dip. Add as much water as you fancy. If you are using this as a spread or dip you will probably want it quite thick, if using it as a dressing you may want it thinner.
Season with salt to taste.