Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Tuna Salad with Tahini Dressing

A quick and very filling salad which has been a popular stable in the household for a while now. Tahini (which is basically sesame paste) is a healthy and nutritionally packed substitute for the standard mayonnaise in tuna salads.

To make the tahini dressing, first put the tahini paste in a big bowl and add some hot water (2-3 tbsp) to loosen it. The consistency should be similar to that of a nut butter (like peanut butter for example) so keep adding water to loosen it if necessary. Then add the lemon juice, salt, pepper and cumin.

In a ban boil the beans (the once I used where from a can and needed only 5') and in the last two minutes of boiling add the chopped broccoli. When ready, add to the dressing bowl and top with the tuna flakes and the rest of the chopped ingredients (lettuce, pepper and tomatoes) Drizzle with some olive oil (not too much as the tahini is pretty oily already), sprinkle some dried dill, and stir everything together.

Serves 2-3.


● 1 large romaine lettuce
● 1/2 yellow pepper
● 5-6 cherry tomatoes
● 1 tuna can (in brine)
● 4-5 tbsp tahini paste
● 1/2 broccoli head
● 1 cannelini beans can (in water)
● olive oil
● lemon juice
● salt
● pepper
● dried dill
● cumin


  1. Yum, this sounds delicious. We make this tahini mixture in Cyprus as a dip and love it. This is a lovely addition to your salad, as it makes it healthier and still creamy like mayo. I love tahini and today I made a lovely tahini dip which I made before recently and loved it.

    Are you by any chance Cypriot and where are you blogging from? I did not find any information on your profile.

    I have a blog in English as well and will be glad to see you there more often.

  2. Hi Ivy,

    Thanks for your comment! I haven't got round to updating my profile yet but yes I'm cypriot living in the UK. I'll have a look on you english blog as well.