Cabbage Salad in Asian Tahini Dressing

Tahini, the Middle Eastern sesame paste and a key ingredient in hummus or babba ghanush, has numerous other uses. Here it serves as a base for a flavorful, creamy dressing with an unmistakably Far Eastern flair. Make sure you use good quality tahini – taste it straight from the jar, it should have a slightly sweet nutty taste, with no bitterness.

Ingredients (serves 4-6)
  • 1/2 head medium cabbage, shredded

  • 1 cup fresh button mushrooms, sliced

  • 10 small radishes thinly sliced

  • 2/3 cup bean sprouts

  • 2-3 spring onions (green and white parts) diagonally sliced
    For the Creamy Tahini Dressing:

  • 3 tabplespoons raw tahini

  • 1-2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil

  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 1-2 tablespoons honey

  • 1 tablespoon sweet chili sauce (optional)
    To Serve:

  • 1/3 cup toasted sesame seeds

Mix well dressing ingredients. Taste and adjust seasoning. If the dressing is too thick, add a bit of water until you reach consistency similar to that of a mayonnaise. 

 

Toss the salad with the dressing, sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve at once or keep refrigerated up to an hour.

 

Variations:

Following ingredients can be added to the salad: sliced cucumbers, sliced celery stalks, cubed tofu, sliced roasted chicken breast, lightly toasted walnuts.

 

The tahini dressing goes well with a simple green salad, but it should be slightly thinner – add more water.