Creamy Herbed Tahini Dip Recipe

Medically reviewed in February 2022

Tahini, a paste made from sesame seeds, is primarily found in hummus. But this rich and creamy dip offers so much more of a health kick than your average bowl of hummus. Tahini is jam-packed with magnesium, a nutrient that helps ease muscle soreness and headaches. It gets its savory flavors from dashes of mint, basil and cilantro – which boast high levels of vitamin K, a nutrient that protects bone health. Try this recipe from the 10-Day Detox Diet Cookbook by functional medicine physician Mark Hyman, MD.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed fresh cilantro leaves
  • 8 to 10 fresh mint leaves
  • 5 large fresh basil leaves
  • 1 large scallion, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh chives
  • 1 garlic clove, halved
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 ground turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon fennel or anise seeds

Preparation:
Combine all of the ingredients plus 1 cup of hot water in a blender and blend until smooth. Add more hot water as needed if the blender is struggling. Serve. Store any leftover dip in airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days.

Nutrition Facts (per serving):
Calories 105; fat 10g; saturated fat 1g; cholesterol 0mg; fiber 1g; protein 3g; carbohydrates 4g; sodium 79mg

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