Characteristics

This creamy, savory and delicious sauce is bound to become a favorite addition to many of your whole-food, plant-based dishes. You can easily modify its garlic tones to meet your personal preferences by making them come through in a more gentle or stronger way, and combine with any veggie, bean, grain and mushroom meals. You can also modify its consistency to use it as a sauce or a dip. This sauce will provide many new flavor experiences to your meals, while offering a rich assortment of wholesome nutrients, especially healthy fats and protein, as well as vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytonutrients.

TYPE: Sauce, Dip
PREP TIME: < 5 mins
SERVINGS: makes about 1 cup

Uses:

  • dressing for whole-meal salads
  • sauce for grain dishes (i.e. brown rice, quinoa, etc.)
  • sauce or dip for veggie or bean burgers
  • sauce or dip for raw vegetables and/or raw crackers
  • sauce for steamed vegetables (i.e. broccoli, cauliflower, string beans, etc.)
  • sauce or dip for tofu and tempeh dishes
  • sauce for veggie and bean wraps

Characteristics:

  • 100% Plant-based (Vegan)
  • 100% Whole food
  • Raw
  • Gluten-free
  • Wheat-free
  • Grain-free
  • Soy-free
  • Corn-free
  • Peanut-free
  • Oil-free
  • Refined Sugar-free

Goodies Needed

  • 1/4 cup Organic Tahini
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1 lemon, juice squeezed (organic)
  • 1 - 2 cloves garlic (organic)
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Cumin Powder
  • 1/4 tsp unrefined sea salt or Himalayan salt

TOOLS:

  • High Powered Blender (ex: Vitamix or NutriBullet)
  • Cutting Board
  • Spoons and spatula
  • Lemon reamer or similar juice extractor (optional)

Preparation Steps

  1. Place all of the ingredients into your high-powered blender, and blend on high until a smooth, creamy consistency is achieved.
  2. With the help of a spatula, remove all of the sauce from the blender, either directly onto your meal or into a dish, either for storage or dipping purposes. Enjoy.

Tips:

  • Tahini is the whole-food version of blended sesame seeds. As an alternate, you can try making this sauce directly from raw sesame seeds themselves, which can be soaked overnight to enhance their health and nutrition benefits.
  • Adjust the garlic amount to meet your garlic preferences.
  • Use less water if you’d like a thicker dipping sauce.

Meal Nutritional Benefits

Sesame Seeds / Tahini

  • provide healthy fats, protein, some carbohydrates, and fiber
  • provide phytonutrients, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory benefits
  • provide vitamins, especially vitamin A and most B vitamins, including folate
  • provide minerals, especially calcium, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc, copper, and selenium
  • support optimal health, weight, healing, and prevention
  • support healthy blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels
  • protect against cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes type 2, osteoporosis, and other diseases
  • for more information, visit the sesame detailed overview from World’s Healthiest Foods

Garlic

  • provides anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antiviral properties
  • provides lots of phytonutrients and antioxidants
  • provides vitamins, especially vitamin C and some B vitamins
  • provides minerals, especially manganese, selenium, calcium, phosphorus, and copper
  • supports optimal health, weight, healing, and prevention
  • supports the immune system and iron metabolism
  • protects against cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes type 2
  • supports healthy blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels
  • for more info, see the garlic overview on World’s Healthiest Foods

Lemons

  • provide alkalizing, cleansing, detoxifying, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial benefits
  • provide lots of phytonutrients and antioxidants
  • provide some vitamins and minerals, most specifically vitamin C
  • support optimal health, weight, healing, and prevention
  • support healthy blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol levels, and liver function
  • protect against cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, infections, and other diseases
  • for more information, visit the lemon detailed overview from World’s Healthiest Foods

Cayenne Chili Pepper

  • not a significant source of calories or macronutrients
  • provide lots of phytonutrients, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and analgesic properties
  • provides vitamins, especially rich in vitamin A, C, K, and some B vitamins, including folate
  • provides minerals, especially potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, and calcium
  • supports optimal health, weight, healing, and prevention
  • supports healthy blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels
  • protects against cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes type 2, infections, and other diseases
  • for more info, see the chili pepper overview on World’s Healthiest Foods

Cumin

  • not a significant source of calories or macronutrients
  • provides phytonutrients, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial benefits
  • provides vitamins, including vitamin A, C, and some B vitamins
  • provides minerals, especially potassium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and iron
  • supports optimal health, weight, healing, and prevention
  • supports healthy blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels
  • protects against cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes type 2, infections, and other diseases
  • for more info, see the cumin overview on World’s Healthiest Foods