There are some ingredients that you buy to make a specific recipe and then forget about until you make that same recipe again; sometimes only to find out the product has expired. Last week, when I bought a jar of tahini to make hummus and only used two tablespoons, I decided that this condiment wouldn’t go to waste.

Tahini is a condiment made of grounded sesame seeds. Initially, the only use for tahini I could think of was as an ingredient in homemade hummus or baba ganoush. Since I didn’t plan on eating either of these every day for the next month, I needed more ideas.

As it turns out, there are a lot of recipes you can make with tahini that aren’t hummus. It’s a very versatile ingredient often used in vegan cuisine for its creamy texture.

Here are a few ideas for delicious dishes to make with your leftover tahini. Click on the pictures for a link to the recipes.

  1. Sauces

There are so many recipes for sauces and salad dressing using tahini. Known for its creamy texture, tahini is a great substitute for eggs or dairy products in this type of food.

Roasted Harissa Cauliflower with Whipped Tahini makes a great side dish, dinner, and topping for salad bowls.
Roasted Harissa Cauliflower with Whipped Tahini recipe from Eat Your Way Clean
Roasted carrots and lentils salad with tahini vinaigrette from Occasionally eggs
Crispy Chickpea, Sweet Potato and Kale Bowls with Garlic Tahini Sauce - Eat Spin Run Repeat
Chickpea, sweet potato and kale bowl with garlic tahini sauce from Eat Spin Run Repeat

Personally, I also used tahini as a substitute for almond butter in the following recipe. It worked great and this recipe turned out to be a sure keeper.

Vegan Enchilada Power Bowls with Spicy Tofu
Enchilada and spicy tofu bowl from Full of plants

2. Asian recipes

Tahini is used most in the Mediterranean region. However, Asian flavors and tahini pair wonderfully together since sesame is so commonly used in some Asian cuisines.

Spiced Beef Dan Dan Noodles with Bok Choy & Peanuts
Spicy beef noodles by Blue Apron
sriracha tahini tofu stir fry
Spicy tahini tofu stir-fry from Eat Well 101

Tahini is often used to make a nut-free version of satay sauce for people with allergies. In the following recipe, for example, you could totally substitute peanut butter by tahini and end up with a delicious meal that won’t kill you.

Satay Chicken Skewers with Peanut Dipping Sauce. EASY and DELICIOUS. Even better than a restaurant! Perfect as a party appetizer or light dinner. @wellplated
Satay Chicken skewers by Well Plated

3. Desserts

With a little research, tahini prooves to be very versatile. Often paired with chocolate, it’s used in a multitude of ways to make great desserts.

This chocolate tahini mousse with pomegranate and pistachios is a perfect Valentine’s Day dessert recipe filled with good-for-you ingredients!
Chocolate tahini mousse from Abbey’s Kitchen
5 Ingredient Vegan Tahini And Almond Cookies - Cook Republic #vegan #glutenfree #tahini #cookies
Vegan tahini and almond cookies from Cook Republic

You can even make tahini ice cream pops! I dare you to tell me it doesn’t look delicious.

You can find the strawberry tahini ice cream pop recipe here.

Dark Chocolate Tahini Cinnamon Cups (Paleo, Vegan) - If you’re looking for something deliciously different to add to your dessert game this year, these dark chocolate tahini cups are it.
Dark chocolate tahini vegan cups from Gourmande in the Kitchen
Tahini vanilla milkshake by Connoisseurus Veg

4. More spreads

We knew about this one from the get-go. However, it doesn’t mean it should be discarded. There’s a reason we keep going back to classics: they are proven successes.

Of course, you can make a traditional version of hummus using tahini. For something a bit different, you can add many flavors to it. Roasted garlic, red pepper, pumpkin, avocado, and beets are a few examples.

This Creamy Roasted Beet Hummus is gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and a FAVORITE in our house!
Roasted beets hummus from Eat Yourself Skinny
Turmeric Sweet Potato Hummus | Baked sweet potato with cannelini beans, tahini, garlic and spices to make the most delicious creamy dip, perfect to serve during a autumn dinner party!
Turmeric and sweet potato hummus by Sprinkle of Green

You can also choose to make a classic version of baba ganoush (eggplant dip). Or a not so classic version, like this miso-based one:

miso babaganoush | vegan recipe via
Miso baba ganoush from Will Frolick for Food

You can also mix tahini with greek yogourt to create a great dip.

A bowl of tahini yogurt sauce surrounded with cucumbers and radishes is photographed from the top view.
Tahini yogourt dip by Fool Proof Living

Now, I don’t have any excuses to let my jar of tahini go to waste. I can’t wait to try some of these recipes.

Have a great week 🙂

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My name is Isabelle (Zaza for the few people who knew me way back then). I am writing to you from my pink office in Montréal, Québec. As a French literature graduate, I soon realized that teaching was not for me and I am now working in an office. I love mountains, trees, soup, and books. In recent years, my passion for food grew bigger and bigger. As a result, I am now going out of my comfort zone in the kitchen and trying to be more adventurous. I invite you to follow me on my journey to learn new techniques, conquer desserts and find exquisite recipes. Along the way, I plan to share what excites me, may it be a newly discovered restaurant, book, artist or Etsy find.


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