Tahini, a sesame seed paste commonly used in Middle Eastern cooking, can be mixed with other ingredients to form a sauce you can use as a dip or salad dressing or to top meat or fish. The most common ingredients include garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and salt. Some recipes include additional ingredients, such as pine nuts, parsley, cilantro, cumin or cayenne pepper.
An ounce of plain tahini, or about 2 tablespoons, contains 169 calories. Mixing it with other ingredients to form tahini sauce gives you a more complex flavor and decreases the number of calories per serving. A 2-tablespoon serving of tahini sauce contains between 93 calories and 121 calories depending on the proportions of ingredients used to create the sauce.
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Based in Massachusetts, Jessica Bruso has been writing since 2008. She holds a master of science degree in food policy and applied nutrition and a bachelor of arts degree in international relations, both from Tufts University.