Tahini is an incredibly versatile ingredient, especially when it come to dressings and sauces. The smooth texture can be used make a variety of creamy dressings for salads, grilled vegetables or meats. We developed a simple recipe to go with our three Tahini dressings as easy inspiration.
1 Head of broccoli
For the Mustard and Caper Tahini Dressing:
2tsp Dijon Mustard
10 tbsp/150g Tahini
1tbsp Lemon juice
1tbsp Sherry Vinegar
4tbsp Non Pareilles Capers, drained of liquid and finely chopped
½ Clove garlic, crushed to a paste
For the Shawarma Paste, Yoghurt and Tahini Dressing:
2tbsp Shawarma Paste
4tbsp Natural yoghurt
2tbsp Lemon juice
2 Pinches salt
For the Grapefruit and Tahini Dressing:
Juice of 1 grapefruit (either regular or pink)
Equal amount of Tahini
1 Lemon, zested and juiced
1 Small garlic clove, crushed to a paste
2 Pinches salt
Put a large pan of salted water on a high heat and bring to the boil
Cut 1cm from the base of the broccoli, then peel the stalk of the broccoli to remove the tough, green outer skin. Cut in half, starting at the base and cut down towards the dark green outer part. Then cut each half into small wedges, around 5–6 per half.
Drop into the boiling water and cook for 2 minutes, then remove and allow to drain on a rack with a tray underneath, until cool. You can prep the broccoli ahead of when you want to BBQ it.
Place on a hot BBQ grill and cook for 3–4 minutes on each side, until the edges of the broccoli are nicely charred and starting to crisp.
Remove from the BBQ and dress with one of the Tahini dressings while still warm.
This makes quite a thick dressing, so let down with more water if you want one that is looser.
Combine the Mustard, Tahini, water, lemon juice and Sherry Vinegar and stir or whisk until completely combined. Add the Capers and garlic, stir again and taste. Add salt if you think it needs it (capers are generally salty but can vary in flavour).
Mix all the ingredients, with a spoon in a small bowl till smooth and well combined. Taste then add salt and mix again. Repeat if you think it needs more salt.