Tahini – Sesame Paste

Questions and Answers – Tahini or Sesame Paste


Hello!  I have a recipe for Oriental Orzo Salad, and it calls for Tahini.  I am not sure what it is or where to look for it.  Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated!  Thanks. – Jennifer G (5/30/02)


TahiniTahini or Sesame Paste is the equivalent of peanut butter, only it is made from 100% crushed or ground hulled sesame seeds.  It can be used as a sandwich spread or mixed with a variety of other seasonings, such as garlic and onion or cayenne pepper, to make a tasty dip or salad dressing.

Sesame Paste is a key ingredient in hummus, the traditional Middle Eastern chickpea spread.  If you can not find it in your grocery store, peanut butter can be substituted.
Check out What’s Cooking America’s Hummus Recipes.  Hummus, a protein-packed bean spread, is as delicious as it is healthy! Never feel guilty about enjoying hummus.


Wow!  I would have never guessed that one.  Thanks for the info – You are a walking culinary fountain of knowledge! – Jennifer

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