Recipe: Spicy Savory Tahini Dip or Sauce

Tahini-sauceSesame butter, or tahini, is commonly used in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines.  This savory recipe is a tasty and healthy way to spice up vegetable dishes or serve as a dip.

Sesame seeds are rich in antioxidant and heart healthy phytosterols, healthy oils, super antioxidant Vitamin E, fiber, and cancer-fighting sesame lignans that have been linked to lower rates of some breast cancers.

Garlic is also one of the great cancer-fighting and heart healthy superfoods.  The fibers in garlic are known as prebiotics and support for the vital bacteria in your intestines required for healthy digestion. These bacteria are an essential part of our immune system.

Vegan, gluten free, dairy free

½ cup raw sesame butter (tahini)
¼ cup almond butter (make sure it is unsweetened)
½ cup unsweetened almond milk
¼ cup filtered water
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
4 cloves minced garlic
½ teaspoon sea salt
1  teaspoon smokey paprika
½ teaspoon ground cumin
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper


Simply blend until smooth and creamy.

Adjust for greater thickness to serve as a dip  for vegetables or a spread for crackers. Make a thinner preparation to utilize as a sauce for warm vegetable dishes.


* Instead of paprika, cumin and cayenne, add fresh herbs such as parsley, cilantro, oregano, thyme, sage or rosemary

* Blend in artichoke hearts

* Blend in red bell peppers

* Blend in sun-dried tomatoes

* Blend in pitted kalamata olives or olive paste

* Decrease the amount of garlic

This tahini recipe is so versatile, you can create a delicious veggie dip one day and then thin the leftovers into a savory sauce for tomorrow’s dinner!