Vanilla Tahini with Fresh Berries & Orange

Tahini is one of the most versatile ingredients that you may not be aware of. While best known for its supporting role in hummus, its subtle sesame flavour lends itself beautifully to a sweet dressing for this summer salad.

Preparation time Prep: 15 mins
Skill level Easy Peasy

You will need:

For the dressing
  • 3 tablespoons tahini
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon icing sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean pod
Fruit salad
  • ½ punnet strawberries
  • ½ punnet blueberries
  • ½ punnet raspberries*
  • 1 valencia orange, cut into bite-size pieces
For garnish
  • Mint leaves
Recipe: Simon Toohey


  • 1Add tahini to a bowl with the juice of one lemon. Whisk together until it comes back together, then add the icing sugar and whisk into a paste. Add some water if needed to turn it into a pouring consistency.
  • 2Cut the vanilla bean pod in half and scrape out the seeds. Add them to the tahini dressing and stir through.
  • 3Add fruit into a bowl and toss to mix them up.
  • 4Pour ¾ of the tahini dressing into a serving bowl, add the fruit on top and drizzle the remaining dressing on top. Add sprigs of mint for garnish.

*Variation: *Mix up the berry selection as per your preferences -- blackberries and cherries work beautifully as well!

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