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If you are looking for a way to use tahini paste other than hummus, look no further. This collection of 82 unique, delicious and healthy recipes with tahini will surely give you some inspiration to make the most out of your tahini jar. All recipes are vegetarian or vegan with many gluten-free options.
Tahini is great in hummus, but did you know you can also use it for salad dressings and dips, sandwiches, roasted veggies, pasta, smoothies, pancakes, desserts and so much more! Here are 82 delicious and healthy vegetarian (and vegan) recipes that use tahini in an unusual way.
You can easily make your own tahini paste, just watch the video below:
What Do You Do With Tahini?
You can use your tahini jar in a variety of ways. Here are some examples:
Sauces and dips;
Main course and sides;
Drinks and smoothies;
You’ll find plenty of inspiration below for each of these categories.
How Long Does Tahini Last?
Unless stated otherwise on the package, keep an unopened tahini jar in a cool and dry place (like pantry) for up to 6 months. Once opened, refrigerate for up to 6-12 more months. Homemade tahini paste can be stored in the same way.
Can You Freeze Tahini?
Yes, absolutely! Freeze it in ice cube trays, then transfer to a freezer bag and seal. Defrost before using and enjoy!
From basic tahini paste to tahini burgers, desserts and Middle Eastern-inspired sides, here are some of the best vegan and vegetarian recipes with tahini as a star ingredient.
This foolproof vegan tahini paste recipe takes 5 minutes and 2 ingredients to make! This creamy, rich and luxurious tahini paste is irreplaceable in hummus and is widely used for salad dressings and roasted vegetables.
This vegan tahini dressing is the sauce you’ve been waiting for to drizzle over your vegan bowl to make it even more delicious. You can also use it on falafel, salads, or anything else you want a delightfully sweet and tart creamy vegan dressing for.
Lemon tahini dressing is oil-free, dairy-free and vegan. It’s a tasty, creamy, zesty salad dressing that’s super versatile and adaptable. Even better, it can be made quickly with just a handful of ingredients.
Less than 5 minutes from start to finish – this simple, homemade, vegan hummus is loaded with fiber and protein. It’s healthy AND delicious, which means you can feel good about feeding it to your family.
Healthy vegan Roasted Beetroot Hummus served with pita chips is a delicious colorful appetizer perfect for Valentine’s Day. This creamy beetroot hummus packed with nutrients will surely get you in the mood!
Instant Pot Hummus is a delicious dip made from chickpeas. It has a nutty, garlicky, lemony flavor, and is a little earthy. Made from scratch using dry chickpeas, this pressure cooker hummus recipe is a favorite party dip recipe!
The Ultimate Vegan Buddha Bowl is loaded with nutrient dense vegetables, healthy fats, the best vegan protein, and healthy grains. This Buddha bowl is complete, well balanced meal in just one serving and isn’t hard to make. The vibrant colors and rich flavors make it incredibly satisfying and you’ll want to enjoy this vegan bowl of yumminess again and again.
Delicious Roasted Asparagus with Creamy Tahini-Peanut Dipping Sauce is a wonderful treat, and this tasty asparagus and sauce is low-carb, Keto, low-glycemic, gluten-free, vegan, and South Beach Diet friendly!
Roasted Acorn Squash Slices with Garam Masala are flavorful and easy to make. Topped with pomegranate seeds and pepitas, this beautiful side dish will take center stage on your table. And this recipe is vegan and gluten-free.
This Mushroom & Wild Rice Stuffed Acorn Squash is filled with caramelized onions, cauliflower florets, spinach, dried cranberries, and pecans. It’s served with a drizzle of lemon tahini sauce. This comforting and colorful dish has a variety of texture, tons of flavor, and makes the perfect hearty dinner or side dish.
This easy recipe creates a magnificent dish in both taste and presentation. Best yet, you can cook these meatless lentil meatballs in either their vegetarian or vegan preparations without losing any of their incredibly rich flavor.
Za’atar Roasted Cauliflower with Yogurt Tahini Sauce takes your normal roasted cauliflower to a new level. Earthy and slightly sweet the za’atar is the perfect spice to add to your roasted cauliflower and is complimented nicely by the yogurt tahini sauce.
This spinach salad is loaded with all sorts of good things! Fresh beets, earthy lentils, tangy goat cheese and crispy walnuts! Drizzled with an amazing tahini maple dressing! Every bite is filled with so much delicious flavors!
A fresh & juicy Butternut Squash Salad with sweet, roasted butternut squash pieces, peppery arugula, crunchy toasted hazelnuts, a grain of your choosing and a super delicious apple cinnamon dressing to bring it all together. It makes a lovely lunch, light dinner or side.
This healthy Baked Tofu Kale Quinoa Salad with Glory Bowl Dressing recipe is the perfect all-seasons meal, and it is so simple to make. The savoury and delicious Glory Bowl Dressing is adapted from the notorious Whitewater Cooks cookbook and is a definite crowd pleaser.
This vegan falafel salad with a lemony tahini dressing is not only healthy, but also incredibly flavourful! It is a great vegan meal prep recipe that’s easy and requires just simple, whole ingredients. Gluten-free and oil-free.
This beetroot salad uses the entire beetroot: root, stems and leaves. The earthy beetroot and sweet apple pairs beautifully with the creamy lemon and tahini dressing, which brightens up the flavours. Vegan and gluten free. 200 calories per serving.
This vegan chickpea salad recipe is healthy, hearty and full of flavor. It’s made with nutritious ingredients like broccoli, zucchini, red pepper, red onion, almonds and lemon tahini sauce and is easy to make in just 15 minutes.
Pita Pockets with Roasted Veggies and Hummus Recipe: Healthy and delicious lunch meal you will look forward to. These vegan rainbow pita pockets are very easy and quick to make and can be eaten warm or cold.
Step up your overnight oats with this delicious early fall combination! Maple tahini fig overnight oats are the perfect combination of sweet, savory, nutty and fruity. They’re a great healthy, filling, make-ahead breakfast for busy mornings! (gluten-free, nut-free, vegetarian).
Tahini Chocolate Chip Granola Bars make a great homemade snack alternative to the empty calories of a store-bought granola bar. They are easy to make and the recipe does not use any refined sugar, which make these a healthy and nutritious snack or treat!
A warm, healthy, tasty, comforting and nourishing take on hot chocolate! This hot cacao recipe is vegan, gluten-free and full of heart-healthy cacao, delicious cardamom, and protein-rich tahini. The perfect winter beverage!
Set yourself up for the day with this velvety smooth, creamy, thick & incredibly delicious Chocolate Tahini Pumpkin Smoothie. It might taste rich enough for dessert but it is healthy, satisfying and full of nutrients!
Wonderfully sweet, delightfully gooey, this is without question the best chocolate fudge recipe made without condensed milk (and sugar!) you’re ever going to have! Feel free to indulge yourself with this vegan fudge without any guilt or second guessing.
These chocolate chunk tahini oatmeal cookies are made with only a handful of ingredients and are naturally vegan, and refined sugar-free. They’re finished off with some 70% dark chocolate chunks and sprinkled with sea salt for a delicious snack or treat.
Who would like a no-churn ice cream bursting with the nuttiness from peanut butter, fruitiness from blueberries and the crunch and chewiness of sourdough french toast? It’s vegan, dairy free, kid-friendly and could be made nut-free if you use sunflower seed butter!
These delicious No-Bake Cashew Tahini Bars come straight from vegan dessert heaven but are still suitable for a healthy snack. All you need to make them are cashews, dates, tahini, sea salt and dairy-free chocolate.
Just 8 ingredients needed total for these amazingly, rich lemon bars that are unique, thanks to the spicy tahini caramel swirl effect. These are not only beautiful to look at, but incredibly creamy and will blow everybody’s mind that they are not full of butter and sugar.
Sweet potato brownies are the perfect chocolatey, rich and flavorful vegan, gluten-free and Passover-friendly dessert. And when you top these babies with nutty-sweet halva glaze, they’re are hands-down delicious!
Elena Szeliga is the founder of Happy Kitchen.Rocks, where she shares delicious and healthy vegetarian and vegan food, from weeknight dinners to veganized classics and gourmet appetizers. Her recipes have been featured at Better Homes & Gardens, BuzzFeed, Country Living, The Kitchn and Reader’s Digest. Her mission is to help cook easy vegetarian and vegan meals with simple and fresh ingredients. Read more about Elena.