Lemon Tahini Dressing

Makes 1 1/2 cups (375 mL)

Tahini is a delicious sesame seed butter that became well known in the West with the rise in popularity of Middle Eastern cuisine. Use tahini to flavour sauces and soups, or to give a creamy texture to a dressing, as with this one. Since tahini is not hydrogenated, oil may rise to the surface during storage, so you may need to stir the dressing before using. Try this one on salads, steamed broccoli, and baked potatoes.

1/2 cup (125 mL) tahini
1/2 cup (125 mL) water
1/4 cup (60 mL) lemon juice
1/4 cup (60 mL) tamari or soy sauce
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon (5 mL) ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon (2 mL) toasted sesame oil
Pinch of cayenne pepper
Put the tahini, water, lemon juice, tamari, garlic, cumin, sesame oil, and cayenne in a blender and process for 30 seconds or until smooth. This dressing will keep, in a covered container and refrigerated, for up to 3 weeks.

Per 2 tablespoons (30 mL): calories: 70, protein: 3 g, fat: 6 g, carbohydrate: 3 g (0 g from sugar), dietary fibre: 1 g, calcium: 19 mg, iron: 1 mg, magnesium: 14 mg, phosphorus: 93 mg, potassium: 73 mg, sodium: 344 mg, zinc: 0.5 mg, thiamin: 0.2 mg, riboflavin: 0 mg, niacin: 1 mg, vitamin B6: 0 mg, folate: 12 mcg, pantothenic acid: 0 mg, vitamin B12: 0 mcg, vitamin A: 1 mcg, vitamin C: 3 mg, vitamin E: 0.3 mg, omega-6 fatty acids: 2 g, omega-3 fatty acids: 0 g

Percentage of calories from protein 14%, fat 69%, carbohydrate 17%