I wanted to round my roasted lamb in coffee sauce meal off with a green vegetable and I was thinking about green beans. I had been wanting to try a tahini and yogurt dressing that I had come across a while ago and I thought that it would go well on the green beans. The tahini dressing reminded me of hummus with the chickpeas replaced by yogurt which sounded good. The dressing was pretty easy to make and you can make it anywhere from as thick as a dip to as thin as a salad dressing by adding olive oil or water. I went for a thicker version so that it would stick to the steamed green beans. The tahini and yogurt dressing turned out nicely. It was quite tart, which was expected with the plain yogurt and the lemon juice, but it was a nice tart that I quite enjoyed. The creamy tartness provided a nice contrast to the slightly sweet and juicy green beans and also went well with the other flavours in the meal. I am thinking that this dressing would also work well in/on a whole grain salad.
Green Beans in Tahini and Yogurt Dressing
- 2 tablespoons tahini
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/4 cup cup Greek yogurt (or regular plain yogurt)
- 1 clove garlic (grated)
- salt and pepper to taste
- * olive oil or water
- 1 pound steamed green beans
- Mix everything, and olive oil or water to get the consistency to the desired level.
the dish looks perfect for weekend brrunch..never tried tahini b4..do you know from where i can get this
Dana McCauley says
What a great sounding dressing. My friend Amy makes a hummus dressing that I love and I bet this would have similar appeal.
My fallback green bean recipe is this one:
The Middle Easterner in me is rebelling against this recipe. I can’t really imagine tahini on greens beans. It sounds a little weird… like mixing peas with peanut butter or something like that (not the taste, just the weirdness). Are you sure it’s good? I’ll try it next time I have both available, but I’m pretty sure my mother (the expert in all things food) will laugh at me.
Love tahini. Looks delish Kevin.
These look really great!
I really love tahini yogurt sauce, though I’ve never thought to try it on green beans. I w ill have to try that next time!
I too loved that Tahini dressing..mouthwatering
I have some extra tahini to use up. This is a good idea for that.
That thinned out dressing version you describe sounds so good.
Mmm, I love tahini. Sounds like a unique combination that I never would have thought of.
veggie belly says
I love tahini, but never tried them with beans. Your beans look so fresh and bright green and delicious! Have you tried tahini with roasted cauliflower? its very good!
This sounds yummy and those green beans have such a vibrant color! 🙂
This combo looks perfect to complement your beautiful meal Kevin.
Nina Timm says
I would imagine the coffee sauce was somewhat sweet, so this tart sauce would have been a welcome contrast.
Good thinking Kevin!
That looks so nice and fresh!
Wow what a great idea, I lurve Tahini!
My husband is a lover of the green bean…me not so much but they do look amazing.
Really – who can go wrong w/this sir? Looks good!
Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella says
Yum-delicious, simple and healthy. Just the order for post Christmas!
This is the 3rd green bean post I have came across today, including mine. What a coincidence! Green beans in so many different styles!
Great topping for the green beans!
Those look great – reminds me of the sauce I get on gyros sandwiches!
Love this idea for beans, very creative!
Love that tahini dressing. I don’t use tahini that often, but I really like it. Great idea!
My Carolina Kitchen says
I’m always looking for new recipes for green beans. I seem to be stuck in the “toss them with lemon butter” to finish them. I’ve got some tahini on my shelf and I’m going to give this recipe a try.
The beans and yogurt dressing look delicious!!
I almost bought some tahini the other day…I reall wish I would have now. This looks simple and tasty.
Beautiful! I love how vibrant the beans are.
another perfect side dish, kevin… 🙂
Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer says
This looks great and I happen to have both the main ingredients here in the house – I bet this would be great on a number of other veggies as well!!
Clumbsy Cookie says
I love how green your bean are! They must be cooked to perfection really!
I have never seen tahini either, this is what I get for living in the back of beyond. 🙂
I’m thinking a scattering of ground up chickpeas would work well with this dressing, though modifications are not needed. Perfect as usual.
I just tried this recipe and it was so simple and tasted so good! The dressing went incredibly well with the green beans. Thank you so much for sharing! And for those that were asking about tahini, you can make it yourself by blending roasted sesame seeds and olive oil in a food processor until it has the consistency of peanut butter. You can also find it in some grocery stores or specialty shops. I've found it at Whole Foods and Central Market