Have you fallen in love with tahini yet? This paste made from ground sesame seeds is capturing hearts and tummies alike. If you’ve eaten hummus, you have eaten tahini; it’s very common in Middle Eastern dishes where it is mixed with lemon juice and garlic. Tahini comes in hulled or unhulled varieties though the unhulled type can be bitter.

Tahini is rich in minerals such as potassium, magnesium, iron and lecithin. It’s a great source of calcium and is high in E and B vitamins. Tahini is packed with protein and good fats. Learn more about the health benefits and Why Every Green Monster Needs Tahini.

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While we may know this paste mostly from falafel and hummus, tahini is extremely versatile and can be used in a variety of ways in both sweet and savory cooking. Tahini can be used to make sauces, dressings, dips, spreads and as a replacement for dairy. Look at these 5 Non-Dairy Tahini-Based Dressings You Have to Try. It can also be used to make delicious desserts. Check out 5 Ways to Use Tahini in Your Vegan Meals. It’s even easy to make your own Homemade Tahini. Now are you ready to fall in love with tahini? Get to know this amazing paste with these 15 tasty tahini recipes you’ll love.

1. Overnight Oats With Raspberries and Tahini

Overnight Oats with Raspberries and Tahini [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

 

 

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This simple & quick breakfast of mouth-watering Overnight Oats contains raspberries and tahini. The bitter tahini & tangy raspberries provide an amazing contrast of flavors which goes splendidly well with the sweet banana.

2. Red Lentil Curry With Black Tahini and Roasted Cashews

Red Lentil Curry With Black Tahini and Roasted Cashews [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

 

 

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This Red Lentil Curry is filled with fruits and veggies for a delicious dish. It’s topped with roasted cashews and black tahini which is made from black sesame seeds for a sweeter paste with an exotic presentation.

3. Cauliflower Crisps and Tangy Tahini Dressing

Cauliflower Crisps and Tangy Tahini Dressing [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

 

 

These crispy cauliflower florets are coated in cornmeal and Mediterranean spices like oregano and sesame. Serve them with this Tangy Tahini Dressing flecked with fresh parsley for a really lovely appetizer, side dish, or snack.

4. Sweet Potato Burgers With Green Tahini

Sweet Potato Burgers With Green Tahini [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

 

 

These yummy sweet potato burgers are made with chickpeas, oats, almonds and veggies. They’re topped with a verdant Green Tahini Sauce that has lots of fresh herbs and will make you forget all about ketchup.

5. Spinach Falafel With Tahini Dressing

Spinach Falafel With Tahini Dressing [Vegan]

 

 

These gorgeous green spinach falafel are right at home with a homemade Tahini Dressing. Serve in pitas or on top of a salad for a delicious light meal.

6. Tahini Maple Cookies

Tahini Maple Cookies [Vegan]

 

 

The tahini flavor in these Tahini Maple Cookies is both pronounced and pleasant with any hint of a bitter edge tempered by the caramel-y maple syrup. Tahini lends such a nuanced flavor, deeper than that of other nut butters. These are great grown-up cookies indeed, perfect for a special occasion.

7. Harissa Tahini Romaine Wraps and Salad

Harissa Tahini Romaine Wraps and Salad [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

 

 

Smooth tahini and spicy harissa come together to make one incredible sauce that is the star of this dish. These Romaine Wraps have quinoa, beans, veggies and seeds, all topped with your new favorite dressing. You’re welcome.

8. Caesar Dressing

Vegan Caesar Dressing [Gluten-Free]

 

 

If you’ve been missing Caesar salads, you can have them back with this vegan Caesar Dressing. The base of the dressing is tahini which gives it a unique sesame flavor.

9. Nourishing Power Bowl With Lemon Tahini Dressing

Nourishing Power Bowl With Lemon Tahini Dressing [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

 

 

All salads are not created equal. This protein-packed Nourishing Power Bowl is loaded with a variety of energizing and delicious pure foods and topped with an incredible lemon tahini dressing.

10. Eggplant Slices With Tahini Cumin Sauce

Aubergine Slices With Tahini Cumin Sauce [Vegan]

 

 

This thick and creamy Tahini Cumin Sauce has fresh parsley and lots of flavor. It’s the perfect topping for these delicious oven-roasted eggplant slices.

11. Tahini Glazed Tempeh

Tahini Glazed Tempeh [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

 

 

These Tahini-Glazed Tempeh bites are delicious just as they are tossed on top of a salad or tucked into a pita. They can also be tossed with different sauces and integrated into any amazing dish.

12. Salted Caramel Chocolate Cheesecake Slices

Salted Caramel Chocolate Cheesecake Slices [Vegan, Raw, Gluten-Free]

 

 

The “cheesecake” part of these Salted Caramel Chocolate Cheesecake Slices is a deliciously creamy blend of cashew nuts, almond milk, and tahini. They have just the right amount of sweetness for an incredible dessert.

13. Macadamia Crusted Tofu

Macadamia Crusted Tofu [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

 

 

This Macadamia Crusted Tofu starts with a rich, creamy tahini marinade that gives this dish so much flavor. Crunchy macadamia nuts turn this into a light but hearty dish that is satisfying and delicious.

14. Superpower Protein Balls

Super Protein Balls [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

 

 

These Superpower Protein Balls, also known as bliss balls, energy balls and protein truffles, are a great way to fuel up in one delicious bite. These are made with nuts, seeds and tahini for a yummy protein boost.

15. Maamoul (Date-Orange Stuffed Cookies)

Maamoul (Date-Orange Stuffed Cookies) [Vegan]

 

 

These Maamoul are plump, tender cookies filled with a sweet and spicy mixture of dates, orange and ginger. The dough is made with tahini for a tasty and healthy treat you’ll love.

Tahini has so many delicious uses! Be sure to stock up on it so your whole summer can be filled with sesame goodness.

Lead image source: Spinach Falafel With Tahini Dressing