Friday, April 5, 2013

Cucumber-Tomato Salad with Tahini-Lemon Dressing

Remember that neglected jar of tahini in your pantry?  You know, the one that you use for making the occasional batch of hummus?
Well, let me tell you, that jar of tahini is about to bust out of prison. 
Nutritious, delicious, versatile, here is one more way to use tahini:  as a salad dressing for a simple cucumber tomato salad!   
A week ago, I posted a recipe for tahini-lemon sauce.  So easy to make, and a hundred ways to enjoy it.  I think that this one might be my new favorite?  The creamy tahini, garlic and lemon juice take this simple salad to a new level, the sort of dish that would be delicious served as part of a  mezze lunch along with (dream with me) hummus, baba ghanoush, cured olives and feta cheese, or as part of a summer picnic, with kebabs or burgers or grilled fish.  Mmmm.  Can you tell that I am anxious for warmer weather?

Salad with Tahini-Lemon Dressing

Your basic tomato-cucumber salad with a twist. 
2-4 tablespoons tahini-lemon sauce
Tomatoes, finely diced and strained
Cucumbers, finely diced - I prefer English cucumbers 

Simply mix cucumbers and tomatoes with a few tablespoons of the tahini-lemon dressing. Make sure you strain your tomatoes well so that you don't end up with a soupy salad.

One more thing. 

I have another reason to be excited about this salad: magnesium. I wrote about the benefits of tahini a couple of weeks ago, and noted that tahini is high in magnesium, but since then I have been reading up on magnesium. It has simply taken my breath away. After dealing with a frustrating and painful health issue with my daughter for the past two years, and searching high and low solutions, none of which were satisfactory or worked, I finally turned to a magnesium supplement. It has been miraculous. Since then, I have been reading everything on the subject that I can get my hands on, and have just ordered my copy of Dr. Carolyn Dean's . To find out more about magnesium and signs of deficiency, go to .

May this double your health.

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  1. This looks fresh and yummy! What kind of tomatoes do you use?

    I'm a big believer in magnesium, too, and have been taking it every day since before I was pregnant. I'm glad it has helped your daughter. :)

  2. Thanks! I was stuck using tomatoes from the store, but this summer, I can't wait to make it with tomatoes from my garden or my CSA box!

    I wish that I had been taking magnesium when I was pregnant. I think that I will be taking it from here on out. I have been taking it for a few weeks and it has already had an affect on me!

  3. Made this tonight and it was very tasty. Thanks!

    And I've been learning more about magnesium as well. I plan to make this lotion soon: Looks like a good way to get it into our bodies!

  4. I'm glad that you liked it! I will have to check out that lotion. We are really benefiting from magnesium!

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