Our Best Tahini Recipes for Spreadable, Dippable Joy

Put that old tahini jar to use in everything from dips to roasted vegetables and salads

So you bought a jar of tahini a few months ago for that time you decided to make hummus, and you used up a couple tablespoons of it, and now you're left with...a lot. Here's your chance to show that this Middle Eastern sesame paste is for so more than just snacking (although we love getting creative with hummus too).

If you want to stay in dippable territory, try your hand at our brightly hued carrot-tahini dip that uses carrot puree or a Mediterranean classic of tahini with parsley, raw garlic, and lemon juice.

Tahini is also great for adding richness and flavor to main-course meats and vegetables. Throw a pan-seared duck over some hummus or spread some tahini before plating your Israeli cauliflower. Feeling inspired? Here are some of our all-time favorite ways to use tahini.

Spicy Roasted Cauliflower with Tahini

Spicy Roasted Cauliflower with Tahini
Whole cauliflower is quartered and roasted with paprika, turmeric, and jalapeño in this wintry side dish. Get the recipe for Spicy Roasted Cauliflower with Tahini »Neal Santos

Carrot-Tahini Dip

Carrot-Tahini Dip
Tahini's nutty, luxurious properties don't stop at hummus. Keep the sesame paste flowing with this vibrant, creamy carrot purée. Get the recipe for Carrot-Tahini Dip »Helen Cathcart

Fried Artichoke Hearts

Fried Artichoke Hearts
We found this recipe—a flavorful local favorite, in which tender artichoke bottoms are fried and served with an intense, tahini-based sauce—at al-Az, a casual but well-known restaurant in Damascus. Get the recipe for Fried Artichoke Hearts »Helen Rosner

Fried Eggplant with Tahini and Pomegranate Seeds

Fried Eggplant with Tahini and Pomegranate Seeds
This eggplant dish from Michael Solomonov's Zahav restaurant in Philadelphia highlights classic Middle Eastern ingredients: carob molasses, tahini, and pomegranate. Get the recipe for Fried Eggplant with Tahini and Pomegranate Seeds »Matt Taylor-Gross

Tahini-Beet Dip

Tahini-Beet Dip
Tahini's nutty, luxurious properties don't stop at hummus. Keep the sesame paste flowing with this bright red purée of boiled beets, lemon, and garlic. Get the recipe for Tahini-Beet Dip »Helen Cathcart

Curried Potato Salad

Curried Potato Salad
Subarna Bhattachan, a Nepalese chef living in Lawrence, Kansas, folds a purée of cool yogurt, nutty tahini, and spicy red chiles into his fragrant take on potato salad. Get the recipe for Curried Potato Salad »James Oseland

Tahini-Parsley Dip

Egypt, recipe, parsley tahini
A simple spread that combines earthy tahini with parsley, raw garlic, and plenty of lemon. Get the recipe for Tahini-Parsley Dip »Helen Cathcart

Roasted Garlic Chickpea Burger

Roasted Garlic Chickpea Burger
We took inspiration from falafel when developing these burgers—but unlike the dense, often dry deep-fried chickpea fritters, this sautéed patty is both light and rich in texture, with added depth from roasted garlic. Get the recipe for Roasted Garlic Chickpea Burger »Helen Rosner

Hummus with Tahini

Hummus with Tahini
This velvety dip is a classic—we like it garnished with pickles and served with plenty of toasted pita chips. Get the recipe for Hummus with Tahini »Penny De Los Santos

Falafel

Falafel
Any way you make it, there is nothing like falafel's first bite: the crisp-fried exterior giving way to a creamy center of seasoned mashed beans, garlic, and parsley. Get the recipe for Falafel »Todd Coleman

Hummus with Pan-Seared Duck, Leeks, and Tapenade

Hummus with Pan-Seared Duck, Leeks, and Tapenade
Alon Shaya, chef at New Orleans' Shaya, tops hummus with baroque toppings like fried eggplant, romanesco, and dates; here, he opts for serving the creamy spread with duck, leeks, and tapenade. Get the recipe for Hummus with Pan-Seared Duck, Leeks, and Tapenade »Farideh Sadeghin

Hummus with Hen of the Woods Mushrooms

Hummus with Hen of the Woods Mushrooms
A tangle of fried mushrooms provides textural contrast and a savory boost to this silky hummus. Get the recipe for Hummus with Hen of the Woods Mushrooms »Todd Coleman