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Beetroot Tahini

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This Beetroot Tahini is a striking and hearty salad dressing. Perfect if you want to add some colour to your salad recipe!

Beetroot Tahini

I adore tahini. How would we be able to love without this sesame paste so prevalent in Mediterranean,  Middle Eastern and North African cuisine? Without this condiment, we wouldn’t have hummus, halva or baba ghanoush!

If you’ve never tried tahini as an ingredient on its own, there are essentially 2 types of tahini you can buy. Hulled or unhulled. Hulled tahini means that the skin of the sesame seeds have been removed while the latter has not. Hulled sesame seeds are a lot less bitter and smoother so this would be the way to go for a gentler entry into the world of tahini.

For those who love their tahini, have you ever tried making your own? It’s actually quite simple. In a large saucepan or wide skillet, dry toast your hulled sesame seeds until they are golden brown. Add it into your food processor and give it a good whiz. Then add some oil, preferably one that is flavourless as you don’t want to take away the flavours of the main ingredient. How much oil you add will determine its viscosity. Add a little salt to enhance the taste. Voila! 

No doubt you would have had many different versions of tahini based salad dressings including our Tahini Maple Syrup Dressing. But I wanted to create an additional flavour that would add to the earthiness of the dressing. I have to admit I was also after some colour and no better companion to tahini than the good ‘ol beetroot.

Beetroot Tahini Ingredients

Beetroot: Earthy and sweet root vegetable that is the basis of this dressing. Give it a good blitz to really give you a nice and pureed texture that will allow for spread and dipping.

Tahini: Beautiful addition of this sesame based paste makes it a truly diverse dressing. The beetroot gives this tahini a different flavour and something different from the regular tahini based dressings you may be used to.

Some of the good brands out there include Baron’s, Soom Foods and Okka.

Garlic: This dressing can’t live without some garlic and really adds to the overall flavours.

Lemon: Juice the lemon to yield 3 tbsp. This will help to balance out the strong flavours of the beetroot and tahini.

Salt and pepper: Just a pinch to season the dressing.

Beetroot Tahini Method

Bring a small saucepan of water to boil.

Remove the leaves and stem from the beetroot and place into the saucepan. Reduce to a simmer and place the lid on. Simmer for at least 30 minutes until they are tender.

Remove beetroot from the saucepan. Let it cool down a little and then with your fingers, remove the skin, which should slide off easily. If it’s being stubborn, just use a peeler.

Add the beetroot, tahini, garlic cloves, a pinch of salt and pepper into a food processor. Blend until pureed. You should get a bright purple tahini dip with a really creamy texture.

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Beetroot Tahini

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Beetroot Tahini
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5 from 9 votes

Beetroot Tahini

This Beetroot Tahini is a striking and hearty salad dressing. Perfect if you want to add some colour to your salad recipe!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Salad Dressing
Cuisine: International
Keyword: Dressing
Dietary: Dairy Free, Egg Free, Gluten Free, Nut Free, Plant-Based, Vegan, Vegetarian
Food Group: Fruit
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 208.75kcal
Author: Amy Chung

Ingredients

  • 3 beetroot
  • 2 garlic, cloves
  • ½ cup tahini
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste

Instructions

  • Bring a small pot of water to boil. Remove the leaves and stem from the beetroot and place into the pot. Reduce to a simmer and place the lid on. Simmer for at least 30 minutes until they are tender. Remove from the pot, let it cool and with your fingers remove the skin, which should slide off easily.
  • Add the beetroot, tahini, garlic cloves, a pinch of salt and pepper into a food processor. Blend until pureed. 

Equipment

Lemon Lime Squeezer
Mixing Bowl
Cups and Spoons
Whisk Small

Nutrition

Calories: 208.75kcal | Carbohydrates: 13.6g | Protein: 6.34g | Fat: 16.04g | Saturated Fat: 2.25g | Sodium: 58.84mg | Potassium: 349.16mg | Fiber: 3.13g | Sugar: 4.45g | Vitamin A: 40.4IU | Vitamin C: 9.1mg | Calcium: 54.85mg | Iron: 1.82mg
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kim February 28, 2020 - 12:08 am

5 stars
Love this recipe! I’m such a huge fan of tahini and this was so easy and tasty! Will definitely be making again!

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The Devil Wears Salad February 28, 2020 - 2:58 pm

Thank you Kim! We absolutely love tahini too. Glad you liked it!

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Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry February 28, 2020 - 12:02 am

5 stars
What a delicious idea for a salad dressing! Love the vibrant colour too.

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The Devil Wears Salad February 28, 2020 - 2:57 pm

Thanks Bintu! It really is as delicious as it looks!

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Danielle Wolter February 27, 2020 - 10:03 pm

5 stars
So I just bought the huge jar of tahini a couple days ago – this is a great way t o use it! Sounds delicious.

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The Devil Wears Salad February 28, 2020 - 2:57 pm

Perfect Danielle! Give it a go and let us know how you go!

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Dannii February 27, 2020 - 8:32 pm

5 stars
I love tahini and this is such a great twist on it. I love the colour!

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The Devil Wears Salad February 28, 2020 - 2:56 pm

We love tahini too and yes, I have to admit I went for colour first before taste. Such a great way to make a salad to look spectacular.

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Veena Azmanov February 27, 2020 - 8:19 pm

5 stars
Love the color and sound healthy too. I am definitely trying a batch for my salad next.

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The Devil Wears Salad February 28, 2020 - 2:56 pm

Thanks Veena! Enjoy the recipe and let us know how you go!

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