Lay It On Me! Lemon Tahini Dressing

(Adapted from The Best Natural Foods on the Market Today)
Lay It On Me! Lemon Tahini Dressing
½ cup tahini
1/3 cup lemon juice
2 garlic cloves, minced (note: use less garlic for mild flavor)
2 tablespoons Bragg Liquid Aminos
½ teaspoon basil, dried
½ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon salt

1. In a blender, mix all ingredients until smooth.
2. Add water to desired consistency.
3. Store refrigerated in a container with a tight-fitting lid.
Note: Dressing thickens as it sits and with refrigeration.

Serves Ten
Serving Size: 2 tablespoons
Nutrition Analysis per Serving: 80 calories, 6.5 grams fat, 0.9 grams saturated fat, 2.5 grams monounsaturated fat, 3 grams polyunsaturated fat, 2.5 grams protein, 3.5 grams carbohydrates, 0.5 grams fiber, 170 milligrams sodium

Other Noteworthy Nutrients per Serving (DV = Daily Value):
Vitamin C 10% DV

Why Add Tahini to Your Diet?

Tahini’s most obvious contribution to one’s diet is the delicious flavor it lends to foods; but don’t forget, too, that research consistently finds health benefits from the regular consumption of nuts and seeds. One study found that when people ate sesame seeds, their plasma level of gamma tocopherol (a potent form of vitamin E) increased far more than when they ate equal amounts of gamma tocopherol from walnuts or soybean oil.[i] These findings are consistent with animal studies correlating sesame seeds with increased vitamin E activity in the body.  Another noteworthy point is that sesame seeds contain plant estrogens called lignans. These compounds, and in particular sesamin, have antioxidant properties and may protect against cancer and heart disease. Additionally, foods containing tahini, such as hummus and lemon tahini salad dressing, can be chosen to replace less healthy fat sources such as butter and certain oil-based dressings. Like other nut and seed butters, the majority of fat calories in tahini is derived from a heart-healthier unsaturated fat.

- Greg Hottinger, MPH, RD

[i] Cooney, R.V., et al. Effects of dietary sesame seeds on plasma tocopherol levels. Nutrition and Cancer 39 (2001):66-71.