Victorian Institute of Sport

Nutrition Tip | Tahini

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Tahini is commonly known as 'that ingredient' used in making hummus. 

Being made from ground sesame seeds, tahini is a good source of protein, calcium as well as mono- and polyunsaturated fats. Per tablespoon it contains 5g protein, making this a good alternative source of protein for vegetarians. Most people do not know what else to do with tahini aside from using it to make hummus, however it can be a standout ingredient on its own.  Try these dressings:

1. Garlic Tahini Dressing

1 cup tahini, 1.5-2 cups water

1/2 tsp cumin

1 tbs white wine vinegar

4 garlic cloves, finely minced, salt to taste

Combine all ingredients and mix well

2. Yoghurt Tahini Dressing

120g Chobani No Fat Greek Yoghurt plain

40g tahini

Juice of 1/2 lemon

1 tbs EVOO

1/2 garlic clove grated

3. Tahini Dijon Mustard

3 tbs tahini

3 tbs water

1 tbs Dijon mustard

2tsp honey

2tsp apple cider vinegar OR juice of 1/2 lemon

Pinch of cracked pepper

These will work for any salad, and are a handy alternative source of protein for vegetarians. What a good way to use up the tahini sitting in your fridge!

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