Can you feel it? There has been a little spring in the air of late. Yes the nights and mornings are still ridiculously cold (for QLD), but the days have been glorious. I wore shorts this week. Shorts! To celebrate I decided to pack all that sunshine into a nice and bright Tahini dressing that, to be honest, kinda tasted a little like ginger beer - but in a good way....and as a salad dressing! It packs an antioxidant punch too, as this bad boy has got turmeric, ginger, pepper and citrus all mixed in to make your tastebuds sing. Great on salads, steamed veg or even used as a base for stir-fry.
I used hulled tahini for the dressing as I didn't want it to turn out too bitter, but if you are a connoisseur of tahini and love the bitterness - by all means use the unhulled variety instead, you'll get more nutrients that way too (NB there will obviously be a colour difference).
What's the Skinny on Tahini?
Tahini is made from sesame seeds that have been lightly roasted and ground into a paste. When it comes to nutrition un-hulled Tahini is superior as it uses the whole, intact seed. Regardless of whether you choose hulled or un-hulled, it can still be classed as a reasonably good source of fibre, antioxidants, zinc, iron, phosphorus, vitamin E and magnesium. Sesame seeds also contain lignins which have been shown to lower your LDL cholesterol (the 'bad' one). Choosing the hulled tahini will allow you to absorb more vitamin E, but you'll see a big decrease in calcium levels if you opt for the hulled variety.