Our mission at Soom is to make tahini a pantry staple in kitchens across America. But at heart, our goal is to educate users of the various ways to use tahini and tahini products in sweet and savory dishes. One of the best ways to do just that is to share hundreds of recipes. We hope this inspires you to cook and bake with tahini with the same passion we have, and to share your creations with your loved ones.
We’re proud of every recipe that we share on our website, but there are some that you and your fellow “Soomies” enjoyed most. Continue reading for the 10 most popular recipes our customers enjoyed in 2019.
Our Vegan Tahini Mac & “Cheese” was all the rave in 2019. Featured in a roundup of vegan mac and cheese recipes on BuzzFeed in late 2018, we’re so pleased its glory continued. This recipe has a similar mouthfeel to traditional mac and cheese, but of course, without any dairy content! Velvety texture and full of flavor, our vegan mac and cheese hides veggies, making it a dish you’ll want to feed to your children and enjoy yourself.
Time and time again, our readers have asked for us to share more ethnic and cultural recipes that highlight tahini. We hear you, and we plan on incorporating that into our 2020 recipes! We’re so pleased to share this baba ghanoush recipe from Michael Solomonov, the king of modern Israeli cuisine here in America (especially Philadelphia!). With he and his partner, Steve Cook’s, success at restaurants including Zahav, K’Far, Goldie, Dizengoff, and others, we understand the craze behind this deliciously slightly smoky classic Middle Eastern dish.
We shared this versatile recipe quite a few times in 2019 for good reason. That’s because this sauce truly pairs beautifully with everything. This recipe takes less than five minutes to make; it’s a no-brainer. Our favorite ways to enjoy this delectable sauce includes using it for chicken skewers, as a topping to grain bowls, as a spread on sandwiches. The recipe developer, Jamie Vespa of Dishing Out Health, also notes to toss it with cooked shrimp or tofu.
This past year, our “personal” goals consisted of eating more intuitively and subbing unhealthy fats and refined sweeteners for natural and good-for-you ingredients. This recipe is a testament to that! Enjoy the creamy nuttiness for the tahini and the subtle sweet richness from silan in our flavorful silan and tahini vinaigrette dressing.
Our creamy tahini Caesar dressing will take your salad or wrap to the next level. It’s free of cream and oil and is a delicious and nutritious alternative to the classic dressing! Our customers constantly email us and message us on Instagram sharing that they make this recipe constantly. It won’t disappoint if you’re looking for a healthier take on the creamy dressing.
Tahini salad dressings were definitely a hit this year! Coming in as the fourth dressing, our spicy tahini vinaigrette was a serious favorite. Tahini, citrus, and heat make a delectable combination and one your taste buds will love. We paired the vinaigrette with a lump crab, cucumber and pink grapefruit to marry the flavors of the earth and the sea.
If you’re looking for a protein-packed entrée, we suggest making our roasted fish with a bright lemon tahini sauce. Choose a white fish like cod, snapper, halibut, or pollock and pair it with this citrusy sauce for a balanced meal.
Make our Dijon roasted cauliflower recipe if you’re in need of an exciting vegetable side dish. It’s beyond easy to make and only takes 5 ingredients to make! Your veggies will pop with flavor because of this simple tahini dijon sauce.
In the Middle East, tahini is not only used for savory dishes, but also in sweet applications, too. They drizzle tahini over ice cream and yogurt, and within baked goods. In addition, tahini is the base of the beloved dessert halva, which inspired our chocolate sweet tahini! Add subtle nuttiness and less oil by using tahini in these crispy, chewy tahini chocolate chip cookies.
10. Tahini Hummus
Last but least, a dish that brought tahini onto the map: hummus. For the past five years, hummus has become a popular staple on most restaurants’ menus and in homes throughout the country. It’s become a household product thanks to brands like Sabra, Michael Solomonov’s Zahav cookbook, and giving Americans a customizable snack they can eat at any period of the day. This dish is vegan, fairly nutritious, and extremely versatile in flavor and ingredients used. We believe the hummus trend is here to stay for those reasons. Our hummus recipe is super basic and easy, and calls for lots of tahini; one of the keys to making creamy, fluffy, and honestly, the best hummus.
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