There's a difference between tahini (sesame paste sold in jars) and tahini sauce (a mixture of tahini, lemon, and garlic). The paste is a great base note for sweet and savory dishes; the sauce is a stand-alone condiment worth drizzling over soups, sandwiches, and much more. Tahini sauce is also essential for great hummus (see box). We follow the Michael Solomonov method of steeping the garlic in lemon juice to remove its bite and let the tahini shine through. To turn it into a salad dressing, simply thin with a little water (about 1 tablespoon per 1/2 cup sauce).
This recipe goes with: Tahini-Carrot Soup with Pistachios