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Green tahini

Tahini goes green in this savory sesame dip loaded with flavorful herbs

  • Yield: 1 1/2 cups
  • Prep time: 20 minutes

There’s nothing like a creamy, savory tahini dip to get your family and friends munching on nutritious vegetables. I pick up small plastic disposable containers at my local dollar store, fill them with my dip of choice for the day, pack a small bag of veggies, and I’m guaranteed to keep away from the candy bowl at work.

This green tahini is great for kids, too – stick a container of it into your kids’ lunch bag, or serve it as an after-school snack with veggies and pita wedges.


  • 1/2 cup sesame paste
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 1/4-1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon salt (or more)
  • 3 cups loosely packed herbs (chives, dill and parsley)


Place sesame paste, garlic, lemon juice, water and salt in food processor. Process until smooth, scraping sides of bowl as necessary. Tahini should be smooth and creamy. Add more water if necessary.

Add herbs, and process until fully incorporated.

Serve with crudités, chips or falafel and pita.

*This recipe is very forgiving – you can use different herbs, including mint and cilantro, more or less garlic, or add your own unique blend of spices to spruce it up. The thickness of the dip can also be adjusted by adding more or less of the liquids. Just be sure to taste and season as needed once your dip has reached your desired consistency.

Related Topics: Appetizers, Mediterranean

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