Tahini Bean Salad

Tahini Bean Salad

Tahini bean salad is the perfect side dish to bring to a picnic or potluck. This bean dish is flavorful, so easy to make and healthy! I also really enjoy packing some for lunch, or adding some on the side to my dinner. I was inspired to make this recipe from one of my favorite restaurants in the triangle area – Sassool! They have a delicious fava bean salad that I order just about every time. I love the flavors in this dish because the red onion is slightly bity along with the lemon juice, but the tahini really balances it all out by creating a creamy element. 

tahini bean salad in two small bowls
Tahini bean salad is tasty, easy to make and healthy!

To make tahini bean salad:

Tahini bean salad comes together in just 10-15 minutes. Start by whisking together the tahini, water and lemon juice to create a dressing. Secondly, combine all ingredients together in a large bowl. Mix well until everything is coated in the tahini dressing. Lastly, serve and enjoy!

tahini bean salad in three small bowls
Add some fresh parsley for a nice pop of color.

tips & tricks

My number one tip for this recipe is to soak the diced red onion in ice cold water for 10 minutes before adding it to the salad. This simple trick helps mellow out the strong onion flavor that can linger unpleasantly in your mouth. I like to do this whenever I’m using raw onions in a recipe. You can read more about this technique in this article from The Kitchn. In order to keep this recipe quick and easy, I opted to use canned beans instead of dried beans. I chose to use garbanzo beans and pinto beans in this recipe. Feel free to use your favorite beans. I like the combination of the firm garbanzo bean with the slightly softer pinto bean. Lastly, I recommend pairing tahini bean salad with arugula green pea pesto pasta, or vegan sausage, peppers and onions.  

tahini bean salad in three small bowls
This bean salad is perfect for a potluck or picnic!

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tahini bean salad in two small bowls

Tahini Bean Salad

  • Author: Emily Toshiko
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 68 servings 1x

Description

Tahini bean salad is the perfect side dish to bring to a picnic or potluck. This bean dish is flavorful, so easy to make and healthy!


Ingredients

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  • 115 oz can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 115 oz can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • ¼ cup red onion, diced
  • 1 small tomato, chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • ⅓ cup tahini
  • ¼ cup + 1tbsp water
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup parsley, chopped
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest

 


Instructions

  1. Whisk together the tahini, water, lemon juice and garlic in a small bowl.
  2. Combine the beans, onion, tomato, garlic, salt and black pepper, parsley, lemon zest and tahini dressing in a large bow.
  3. Stir until everything is coated in a layer of tahini.
  4. Enjoy!

 


Notes

Soak the diced red onion in ice cold water for 10 minutes to mellow out the pungent flavor.

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