Salata Tahini--Middle Eastern Tahini Salad

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins

This recipe goes well with just about every middle eastern dish. Its very flavorful, one of my favorites. I make this at home, but I am not good at keeping measurements, so I snagged it off of the web and tweaked it, to the way I make it at home.*To spice it up you can also add chopped hot pepper to it as well*.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. *May need to adjust tahini and water levels to desired consistency*. Consistency should be creamy.
  2. Dice up tomatoes and cucumbers and combine them together in a medium bowl.
  3. Place garlic, hot pepper and salt in a mortar.
  4. Smash until mushed.
  5. Tahini dressing takes a bit of stirring to become creamy so, you can either add tahini,and water in a bowl by itself and mix or you can add to the same bowl with the cucumbers and tomatoes.
  6. Add lemon in increments to achieve desired tartness.
  7. Stir the dressing until smooth and creamy.
  8. combine everything including garlic/hot pepper together making sure you have added the mint.
  9. Take tbsp of dried mint, Place in hand and take other hand and rub together, this will sort of grind the mint up smaller and separate it from any stems.
  10. Place in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
  11. Serve with a swirl of olive oil on top.
  12. Enjoy!
Most Helpful

I make this at home all the time, and your recipe was great! I usually add finely chopped white onion to this salad also. Very fulfilling and easy to make!

BellaChantella September 14, 2011

This is wonderful! The dressing was flavorful enough to make up for the out of season tomato and cucumber I was using. Thanks! I'll be making this again, especially when it's peak veggie season.

GoKittenGo January 08, 2006

Masha Allah this is delicious for us! It is now an absolute favorite. FIL, DH, DD1 (4 years old) & I love it mixed into Middle Eastern rice dishes such as Al Kabsa - Traditional Saudi Rice (& Chicken) Dish. I have used both a delicious organic roasted tahini, and not so good brands and it always turns out delicious, same with when the tomatoes are not so good, still delicious! I only use freshly squeezed lemon juice, everything to taste and consistency, unrefined extra virgin olive oil, sea salt, and a couple dashes of cayenne pepper instead of any chopped hot peppers or left it out all together. I also did not add the mint when I served it with Al Kabsa - Traditional Saudi Rice (& Chicken) Dish. The mint does make it totally delicious too. A make again and again, insha Allah (God willing)!

UmmBinat March 16, 2012