Tahini, a sesame seed paste, becomes a dreamy dressing when enlivened with lemon zest and fresh squeezed lemon juice. Try it on sweet heirloom tomatoes for summer's best salad.
Servings: Serves 4
Ingredients 1/2 cup tahini (sesame seed paste)Zest of 2 lemons5 tablespoons fresh lemon juice8 medium heirloom tomatoes , washed and cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices1 lemon , thinly sliced, for garnish
In the bowl of a food processor, place tahini, half the lemon zest and lemon juice; pulse to combine.
With the motor running, add 7 to 8 tablespoons cold water and continue to process until mixture is thick and smooth. Add salt to taste, and refrigerate until cold.
Bring tahini to room temperature. Arrange tomatoes on a platter in a tight overlapping pattern; drizzle half the tahini over tomatoes. Scatter remaining lemon zest on top. Tuck lemon slices around and between tomatoes. Sprinkle with salt and freshly ground pepper. Serve remaining tahini on the side.