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Tahini is a paste made from ground sesame seeds, similar to nut butters. It’s a staple in Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, and North African cuisine. It has an earthy, nutty flavor.

Tahini is a nutrient-dense food, providing plant-based protein, dietary fiber, and both polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fatty acids. 

Tahini is also a source of several micronutrients:

  • Thiamin
  • Copper
  • Phosphorus
  • Selenium

I love to use tahini in my cooking, especially for sauces. Try my easy lemon tahini sauce or tahini green goddess sauce. It’s also a delicious and healthy addition to baked goods, like my tahini oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.