Creamy tahini pesto is the perfect healthy sauce. This pesto uses tahini instead of pine nuts and is creamy, delicious and so easy to make. Ready In 5 minutes, this pesto is vegan, gluten free, dairy free, Whole30 and low carb friendly!
Why this recipe works:
- A brand new take on pesto! You are not going to believe how delicious pesto with tahini is!
- Thick and creamy this tahini pesto is perfect for pasta, pizza, zucchini noodles, dipping veggies in or as a dressing for salads!
- This pesto is a great use for basil plants in the summer time.
- Made with just 5 ingredients and a food processor (or high speed blender), this healthy, flavorful sauce is ready in under 5 minutes.
- Tahini is made from toasted sesame seeds and is therefore this pesto is nut free!
- Lemon Juice
- Garlic Powder
Tear basil leaves from the stems. Add the basil leaves to the food processor and process on high speed until fully broken down.
Add everything but the water to the food processor and process on high until smooth. You may need to scrape down the sides occasionally.
Add water 1-2 tablespoons at a time depending on how thick you want the pesto.
Store in the fridge in a well-sealed container for up to 5 days.
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What is tahini?
Tahini is a paste made from sesame seeds, just like almond butter or peanut butter. Tahini is usually made with roasted sesame seeds and has a nutty, distinct flavor.
Tahini is great as the base of salad dressings and sauces as well! Some of my favorite salad dressings with tahini include:
How to use tahini pesto
- Serve over pasta, zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash
- As a sauce for pizza
- As a spread on sandwiches or wraps
- Drizzled over roasted veggies
- Over baked potatoes or baked sweet potatoes
- Drizzled over shredded chicken, air fryer salmon or used in tuna salad instead of mayo.
- As a dip for raw veggies
How long can you store tahini pesto in the fridge?
Tahini pesto can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days. Basil tends to lose it’s color and can start to turn black with exposure to air. Keeping it in an air-tight container will help with this.
Can you freeze tahini pesto?
Yes! You can freeze tahini pesto for later use.
One of the best ways to freeze pesto is to pour it into ice cube molds. Freeze until solid and then store the pesto cubes in an freezer safe bag or container. Freeze for up to 2 months.
Basil: Basil is really the star of the show when it comes to pesto. However you can also use fresh Italian parsley or fresh mint in place of basil.
Tahini: Tahini really adds a nutty flavor (without the nuts) but allows this recipe to be nut free. However, if you cannot use tahini, you could also try this same recipe with almond butter, cashew butter or even sunflower seed butter.
Lemon Juice: Lemon juice really helps bring a pop of fresh flavor to pesto. If you cannot find fresh lemon juice, you could also use white wine vinegar or even balsamic vinegar.
Garlic powder: This recipe uses garlic powder instead of fresh garlic. Fresh garlic can often overpower a recipe.
If you love this recipe, you should try:
- Pea Pesto
- Arugula Cashew Pesto
- Spinach Walnut Pesto
- Artichoke Pesto
- Lemon Tahini Pasta Sauce
- Pesto Crusted Salmon
What you will need to make this recipe:
- Remove the basil leaves from the stems. Add the basil to the food processor.
- Process on high for 30 seconds to break down the basil leaves.
- Add the rest of the ingredients (except the water) to the food processor and process on high for 1 minute, scraping down the sides as needed.
- Add 1/4 – 1/3 cup of water to the pesto depending on how thick you want the end product.
- Store in the fridge for up to 5 days.
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