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Tahini, Lemon, and Parsley Sauce (Tarator)

Tahini, Lemon, and Parsley Sauce (Tarator)

This nutty, citrusy, tahini-based sauce is a cooling complement to cooked fish and vegetables. Extra sauce will keep in the refrigerator for up to one week.

What You Will Need

Blender or Food Processor
Yield: makes 2 Cups
Time: 10 minutes


2⁄3 cup tahini
1⁄2 cup fresh lemon juice, plus more to taste
2 tsp. minced fresh garlic
Finely grated zest of ½ lime (2 tsp.)
1 packed cup flat-leaf parsley leaves, coarsely chopped
1⁄2 jalapeño (¼ oz.), stemmed, seeded, and finely diced (optional)
Kosher salt


In a blender or food processor, combine the tahini, lemon juice, ½ cup water, and the garlic; process on high speed until smooth and completely white, 2–3 minutes. Add the zest, parsley, and jalapeño; pulse to combine. Season with salt and serve.

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