Tahini, Lemon, and Parsley Sauce (Tarator)

This nutty, citrusy, tahini-based sauce is a cooling complement to cooked fish and vegetables. Extra sauce will keep in the refrigerator for up to one week.

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What You Will Need

Tahini, Lemon, and Parsley Sauce (Tarator) Tahini, Lemon, and Parsley Sauce (Tarator)
This tahini-based tarator sauce is packed with lemon, garlic, and parsley, and is a cooling Mediterranean complement to cooked fish, seafood, and vegetables.
Yield: makes 2 Cups
Time: 10 minutes


  • 23 cup tahini
  • 12 cup fresh lemon juice, plus more to taste
  • 2 tsp. minced fresh garlic
  • Finely grated zest of ½ lime (2 tsp.)
  • 1 packed cup flat-leaf parsley leaves, coarsely chopped
  • 12 jalapeño (¼ oz.), stemmed, seeded, and finely diced (optional)
  • Kosher salt


  1. In a blender or food processor, combine the tahini, lemon juice, ½ cup water, and the garlic; process on high speed until smooth and completely white, 2–3 minutes. Add the zest, parsley, and jalapeño; pulse to combine. Season with salt and serve.