Tahini-Lemon Sauce is very versatile: It can be
thinned down to the consistency of a salad dressing or left thick
enough to be a sandwich spread or a dip. Find a medium thickness,
and use it as a sauce for steamed vegetables. This just may become
a regular on your dinner table! Oh, and another attribute: It keeps
for weeks in an airtight container in your refrigerator.
3/4 cup sesame tahini
5 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 small to medium clove garlic, minced
3/4 to 1 1/2 cups water (depending on desired thickness)
1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt, to taste (varies with amount of water
A handful of very finely minced fresh parsley
Cayenne to taste
- Place the tahini, lemon juice, and garlic in a food processor
fitted with the steel blade. (You can also use a blender.) Begin to
- Keeping the motor running, slowly drizzle in the water,
checking every now and then to monitor the consistency. When it is
as thick as you want it, turn off the machine.
- Transfer to a medium-small bowl or container, and season to
taste with salt, parsley, and cayenne. Cover tightly and
refrigerate until ready for use. If you're using this as a sauce
for steamed vegetables, serve at room temperature over hot, freshly
cooked vegetables (any assortment!).