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If tahini isn’t a staple in your cooking repertoire, the creamy, toasted sesame condiment is about to be. Traditionally used to add layers of flavor in hummus, tahini is versatile in both sweet and savory dishes. Found in most supermarkets, tahini is an inexpensive addition to your fridge and it can be put on, well, pretty much anything. Ta-da, 12 recipes with tahini to get you started.

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1. Charred Cauliflower with Garlic Tahini Sauce

The secret to this gorgeous dish? Steam the cauliflower and then broil the top! (Some advice: Make extra garlic tahini sauce for dipping or drizzling on top. You’ll want it.)

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2. Lemon-Tahini Salad with Lentils, Beets and Carrots

Creamy tahini dressing adds a nuttiness to this hearty salad and coats each bite in deliciousness.

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3. Cold Sesame Cucumber Noodles

A vegan salad you eat like noodles? Sign us up. This crunchy dish is a fabulously refreshing lunch.

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4. Salmon Bowl with Farro, Black Beans and Tahini Dressing

Homemade dressing is the best way to gussy up any grain bowl, and this turmeric tahini dressing doesn’t disappoint.

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5. Sheet-Pan Chicken Shawarma with Lemon-Tahini Drizzle

In 25 minutes, you can whip up a cheater’s version of slow-roasted meat. Paleo-friendly and gluten-, dairy- and grain-free, this recipe is great for a dinner full of picky eaters too.

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6. Pearl Couscous with Chickpeas, Eggplant and Peaches

Pearl couscous is basically baby pasta, and with creamy roasted eggplant and peaches, it’s an amazing base for a sweet-and-savory dish. Delicious warm, cold or at room temperature, keep some tahini dressing on the side to drizzle on top of each portion.

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7. Creamy Gochujang Zoodles

Tahini plus heavy cream equals magic. Zoodles are the ideal medium to soak up this homemade spicy sauce.

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8. Weeknight Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ever tried tahini in cookies? You need to. The toasted sesame pairs so well with chocolate and adds a richness that’s perfect for these vegan cookies.

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9. Chipotle Tahini Bowls

Olive oil, salt, tahini, garlic, chipotle peppers and orange juice are blended together to make this super easy, super zingy sauce. (Everything layered underneath is just a bonus.)

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10. Sun-dried Tomato Chicken and Avocado Cobb Salad with Tahini Ranch

This salad is packed with so many good things, it’s kind of ridiculous that it’s still actually healthy. (The tahini ranch also works well as a dip, if you happen to make extra...)

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11. White Bean Kale Salad with Tahini Dressing

This garlicky tahini dressing is the vegan antidote to Caesar dressing. It might even be better than the cheesy OG.

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12. Roasted Cauliflower with Tahini Ranch

This is no ordinary ranch. It’s laced with (you guessed it) tahini and Aleppo pepper, a Syrian variety that adds just a bit of heat.

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