I’m very excited about this Hemp Tahini dressing and have had it just about every day for 4 days straight now. It reminds me of this dressing I used to get at my favorite raw vegan cafe in flatiron, NYC during my lunch break. It was thick, creamy & made even the most bland salad taste great & flavorful. So after recently reminiscing about my raw vegan lunches with old work mates, I started experimenting… with tahini being my only ingredient clue.
I started out with raw sesame seeds instead of tahini, and found them very easy to work with as they grind into a creamy paste after just a few minutes in my trusty baby bullet… I believe most good food processors would do the same, but if you prefer store-bought tahini, make sure to get raw tahini as I find that the roasted tahini gives it an unpleasant bitter taste. I added a bit of garlic, freshly squeezed lemon, honey & salt/pepper but still felt like it needed a little extra something… that’s where the hemp seeds came in.
Despite sounding a little hippie, the hemp seeds add a great pine nutty flavor & pack some excellent nutrition. They are rich in high quality protein and besides protein, every ounce (28gm) has 1/2 our daily need for magnesium & phosphorus as well as 25% and 15% of our daily zinc & iron. Hemp seeds also have a great balance of healthy essential omega 6 & 3 fats at around a 3:1 ratio, and with 3 gm omega 3 fatty acids per ounce – hemps seeds have 6 times more omega 3 than salmon when compared ounce by ounce! These fatty acids promote good cardiovascular health, hormone balance & are key to healthy hair, skin & nails.
Hemp Tahini Dressing
- 1/4 cup sesame seeds
- 2-3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 1 garlic clove
- 1 tsp honey
- 1/2 tsp vinegar (I prefer rice or champagne)
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 tbsp hemp seeds
- salt/pepper (I use about 1/4 tsp salt)
Combine all the ingredients in a blender until smooth & creamy. Keeps in fridge for 4 -5 days.