Tahini – Sesame with a bite

Tahini is one of my favourite additions to dressings and dips. It can take on many flavour variations. This recipe is for the classic tahini used to accompany falafel but can easily be used in a salad or many other dishes.

It wont take more than 5 minutes to make this wonderful sauce. I have a preference for stronger flavours and tend to be a bit heavy handed with the lemon.¬†You could safely halve the quantity of lemon if you prefer. Somewhere along the way I started adding small quantities of honey to my tahini as it brings out a bit of the sesame’s sweetness.



  • 3 generous table spoons tahini
  • 30 ml freshly squeezed lemon juice (Approximately half a lemon)
  • 1/4 tea spoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 clove crushed garlic (optional)
  • a handful of finely chopped parsley (optional)
  • 30ml water


  1. Add the lemon juice to a bowl
  2. Add the tahini to the lemon juice
  3. Mix the lemon and tahini, you will end up with a fairly thick paste. I find that fork works really well
  4. Add the salt, honey and mix well
  5. Add the water, you can add more or less water depending on the constancy of the sauce and intensity of flavour you desire
  6. Mix the garlic and parsley into the sauce and you are done

I like to let the sauce sit for 30 min if I have added garlic and parsley as the parsley will soften a little and the garlic and parsley flavours fuse into the sauce.


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