In the Middle East, tahini is the queen of all condiments. Made of ground hulled sesame seeds, tahini is often used as a thickener or as a key ingredient for vegetable dressings. Together with olive oil and lemon juice, it makes a delicious seasoning for steamed zucchini.
In this case, zucchini is first steamed and then roughly mashed with a fork. Tahini dressing thickens the excess water and gives zucchini a silky texture.
- 4 small zucchini
- Juice of one lemon
- 1 garlic clove
- Pinch of dried parsley
- 2 tablespoons tahini
- Toasted sesame seeds
- Salt and pepper, to taste
Rinse the zucchini and chop off the ends. Slice the zucchini into thick rounds and transfer them to a steamer (alternatively, you can also boil them in a pot with shallow water). When they’re soft, drain, transfer to a flat dish and set aside to cool.
Peel and thinly slice the garlic. Prepare the dressing in a ramekin: mix together the tahini, lemon juice, garlic, sesame seeds, and dried parsley.
Roughly mash the zucchini rounds with a fork. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Top with a few teaspoons of tahini dressing and gently fold the zucchini to incorporate it. Sprinkle with parsley and sesame seeds to decorate.
Put in the fridge and let cool for at least 15-20 minutes before serving.