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Tahini - What is Tahini?


Tahini - What is Tahini?


Tahini - What is Tahini?

Tahini is used in some salad dressings, such as goddess dressing

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Tahini is an important ingredient in most traditional hummus recipes

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Definition: What is tahini? Tahini is a ground sesame seed paste, similar to peanut butter. It is a creamy, oily, and smooth nut butter rich in calcium. Look for tahini in a glass jar or a can, and sometimes in a powdered, dehydrated form in health food stores, or in the ethnic foods aisle of your regular grocery store. You can also find fresh tahini in the refrigerator section next to the hummus in larger well-stocked grocery stores.

Tahini is an important ingredient in Middle Eastern cuisine and recipes such as hummus, as well as many vegan salad dressings, such as goddess dressing.

You can also make your own tahini using sesame seeds and oil.

Wondering what to make with tahini? Here are some easy recipes using tahini:

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