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News Flash: Tahini is the new mayonnaise!

It’s summer, that means picnic time! Unfortunately, in many picnic dishes mayonnaise takes centre stage. I’ve never liked mayonnaise and it’s just as well because it doesn’t offer much nutritionally. Unless you are making the real deal with olive oil and egg yolks you’re likely spreading canola oil all over your sandwich. Why is this a problem you ask? Read this post and find out!

So what can you use in place of mayonnaise? Why TAHINI of course! Perhaps my love of  sesame paste is becoming obvious. I’ve used it in hummus, on top of veggie burgers, in mac and cheese and as a condiment for wraps. And really, what’s not to love! Sesame seeds are an excellent source of calcium, magnesium, iron, vitamin E and lignans (a type of fiber known to lower cholesterol and high blood pressure).

Here are my most recent picnic -inspired recipes featuring tahini:

Quick and Delicious Chicken Salad

leftover chicken, finely chopped
1 tbsp tahini (for each cup of chicken)
a few bread and butter pickles, finely chopped
a drizzle of pickle juice
sea salt + freshly cracked black pepper to taste

Optional add ins: finely chopped carrots, celery, cucumber, and/or green onions

Mash all the ingredients together and enjoy with veggie sticks, on top of salad, in a wrap or in a good old fashioned sandwich bun!

The New Tuna Salad

1 can of tuna
1 tbsp tahini
sea salt + freshly cracked black pepper to taste

Optional add ins: finely chopped carrots, celery, cucumber, and/or green onions

Mash all the ingredients together and enjoy with veggie sticks, on top of salad, in a wrap or in a good old fashioned sandwich bun!

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2 comments on “News Flash: Tahini is the new mayonnaise!

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This entry was posted on August 5, 2012 by in Nutritional info, Savoury Recipes and tagged , , , .
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