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Simple Tahini Sauce

By Alissa Vieth on September 17 2018 | Nutrition & Recipes

Tahini is made from ground toasted sesame seeds.  It is a source of selenium, a mineral important for immunity, thyroid function and protecting cells against free radical damage. Tahini also provides calcium, iron, copper and cholesterol-lowering phytochemicals. Looking to boost your health? Try our 4 week micronutrient challenge. Tahini sauce is great on grain bowls, grilled cauliflower, grilled root veggies, green salads, and eggplant-based dishes. Try our simple tahini sauce recipe below. 


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Simple Tahini Sauce 


  • 1/2 cup store-bought tahini

  • 1/4 tsp sea salt, plus more to taste

  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder

  • 1/4 cup warm water, plus more to thin, as needed

  • 1-2 tablespoons lemon juice (to taste) 


  • Add ingredient to a small bowl and whisk to combine.
  • Add water a little at a time, continuing to whisk, until you have a creamy, pourable sauce.
  • Stir in lemon juice. 
  • Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Tahini is meant to be the prominent flavor, but add garlic powder for more garlic flavor or sea salt for saltiness.



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Top your Next Grain Bowl with Tahini Sauce

Grain bowls are a simple easy meal for a quick dinner or to pack for a weekday lunch. The combinations of ingredients are limitless, and the bowls can be as simple or elaborate as you wish. To build a grain bowl, follow the equation and let your imagination run wild!


Basic Grain Bowl Equation:

  • 1/2 Cup Cooked Whole Grains: Brown rice, quinoa, barley, or a combination etc. Extra cooked grains can be stored in the freezer and defrosted when needed. *Don't go overboard on grain portions.
  • 2 Cups Cooked or Raw Veggies: Try a combination of textures (chopped, grated, julienned), colours, and cooking methods (raw, steamed, sautéed, roasted). 
  • 1/2 Cup Protein: Choose a plant-based or meat protein source (or a combination) like chickpeas, kidney beans, navy beans, black beans, lentils, tofu or tempeh. Alternatively, choose an animal-based protein like eggs, chicken, fish or beef. Looking to ramp up your protein intake? Try our healthy low-carb diet guide.
  • 2 Tablespoons Sauce:  You can dress your healthy grain bowl meal with a simple mixture of olive oil, lemon juice, and a splash of soy sauce. To mix things up, try one of our nutritious and mouth-watering sauce recipes.
  • 2 Tablespoons Toppings:  Sprinkle with toasted unsalted nuts, seeds, chopped green onions, fresh chopped herbs, or feta cheese.


Bringing it all Together:

  1. Spoon 1/2 cup grains in a bowl.
  2. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon of sauce.
  3. Load on veggies and protein.
  4. Drizzle on another tablespoon of sauce and then sprinkle with toppings.





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