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July 15, 2022 • Healthy Eating & Nutrition

The Benefits of Tahini

Tahini sauce has many health benefits. It’s a condiment I could not live without!

Today I want to get you excited about tahini, sometimes referred to as tahini paste. This nutritional gem is incredibly delicious and should be a culinary staple in your kitchen. Tahini is simply ground sesame seeds, which are the source of its robust and unique health value. Often referred to as the “queen of seeds” and used medicinally for thousands of years, sesame seeds are exceptionally rich in a host of key minerals and provide a nice dose of:

  • vitamin E
  • fiber, and
  • heart-healthy fats

Their biggest claim to fame comes from two very special and unique phytochemicals sesamin and sesamolin. Both are potent antioxidants from the lignan family that have been shown to

  • lower cholesterol
  • prevent high blood pressure, and
  • boost the activity of vitamin E

Keep tahini (pure, ground sesame seeds) available for sauces and making delectable salad dressings. It is a common ingredient in Mediterranean dishes. I always have tahini in my fridge!

The easiest way to use it is to simply drizzle it over salads with whatever vinegar you like and then stir your salad around to mix it in.

Tahini Vinaigrette

Serves 8

I love this dressing for apple and kale salad.


  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. tahini
  • Juice from 1/2 of a fresh lemon
  • 2 tsp Grey Poupon “Harvest Coarse Ground” mustard
  • 1 tbsp jelly/ jam of choice, marmalade, or honey  


Whisk all ingredients in a jar then shake to combine. Store in an airtight container for up two weeks in the fridge.


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