Avocado-Tahini Dip

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This is the tale of the salad dressing that transformed into a dip.  It sounds like the start of a fairy tale don’t you think?   Except turning from a salad dressing into a dip doesn’t sound like a great transformation, (kind of like a prince turning into a frog) but it is, so it’s a story with a happy ending.

It all began one afternoon when I was looking for a new salad dressing to massage into my kale.  I wanted to see if I could find another pantry staple dressing that I loved as much as my lacinato kale salad and my ricotta salata dressings.  I made up this dressing and tried it with the kale, but it was just too thick for my liking and I didn’t like the consistency of it as a salad dressing.  I did however like the taste of the dressing on its own.  I was deciding what to do with it when in came John from the den with a tortilla chip in hand, he took his chip and dipped it in the dressing and exclaimed, “Wow, this dip rocks.”  Seriously folks, it really happened this way.  I then tried the dip and loved it as well.  I wanted another opinion though, so I called in Zoe and had her try it and she loved it.  It reminded us all of one of our favorite humus dips from Cafe del Sol.  I think it was the combination of the tahini and the cumin that gave it that kick.  This is now one of our favorite go-to dips and I love that it stays green and fresh for days.  This is a great make ahead dip for a party as it tastes just as great day one as it does day 2, and it doesn’t brown in color like most dips made with avocado, that to me is reason enough to try this dip.

I’ve also taken this dip, mixed it with some quinoa and created this quinoa wrap!  Let me just tell you that it’s AMAZING!

Quinoa wrap with avocado

This dip has become our favorite pre-dinner appetizer, we just pour the dip into a bowl, set out some tortilla chips or pita chips and snack away. It’s truly the new guacamole in our house!

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Avocado-Tahini Dip:

makes approximately 1 1/2 cups

  • 1 medium ripe avocado, peeled and diced
  • 1/3 cup well stirred tahini – make sure this is a level cup, as too much tahini will overpower the dip
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (approx. 1 lemon)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 1/4 cup filtered water

Let’s begin by prepping all of the ingredients.  Peel and dice your avocado, measure out the 1/3 cup tahini, squeeze up your 3 tablespoons lemon juice and wash and mince your cilantro leaves.

Avocado tahini dip ingredients

Combine the avocado, tahini, lemon juice, cumin, cilantro and sea salt in a mini prep or food processor and puree until smooth.

Avocado and tahini dip in the food processor

Make sure to scrape down the sides one or two times so that everything gets mixed in.  The mixture will be pretty thick and chunky at this point.

Avocado and tahini in food processor mixed

Add in the 1/4 cup water and puree again until blended and smooth.  See how much smoother the dip is?  The water helps to get the dip to a creamier consistency.  Feel free to add a bit more water to get the dip to a consistency that you like.  I found that using 1/4 cup or splash more was perfect.

Avocado and tahini in food processor mixed smoothOk, your dip is ready.  See I told you this dip was easy to make.

Scoop the dip into a bowl, get out your favorite chips and enjoy!  We love pairing this dip with some Have’a Corn chips.

avocado tahini dip with chips and drink

A minty limeaid takes this snack to a whole new level.  Perfect for those hot summer afternoons.

Minty limeade

The dip can be stored in a well sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

avocado tahini dip

This dip isn’t just for snacking!  I’ve mixed it in with some cooked quinoa to create this quinoa wrap. I’m seriously so addicted to this wrap!

Quinoa wrap with avocado

Like avocados?  Then you have to try my go-to guacamole! It’s kid tested and approved and requires only 5 simple whole-food ingredients!

Quick and easy guacamole

With love Jackie

Avocado-Tahini Dip

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Recipe by Jackie
Servings

~1 1/2

cups

    Ingredients

    • 1 medium ripe avocado, peeled and diced

    • ⅓ cup well stirred tahini - make sure this is a level cup, as too much tahini will overpower the dip

    • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (approx. 1 lemon)

    • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

    • 2 tablespoons cilantro, minced

    • ½ teaspoon coarse sea salt

    • ¼ cup filtered water

    Directions

    • Let's begin by prepping all of the ingredients. Peel and dice your avocado, measure out the ⅓ cup tahini, squeeze up your 3 tablespoons lemon juice and wash and mince your cilantro leaves.

    • Combine the avocado, tahini, lemon juice, cumin, cilantro and sea salt in a mini prep or food processor and puree until smooth.

    • Make sure to scrape down the sides one or two times so that everything gets mixed in. The mixture will be pretty thick and chunky at this point.

    • Add in the ¼ cup water and puree again until blended and smooth. The water helps to get the dip to a creamier consistency. Feel free to add a bit more water to get the dip to a consistency that you like. I found that using ¼ cup or splash more was perfect.

    • Ok, your dip is ready. See I told you this dip was easy to make.

    • Scoop the dip into a bowl, get out your favorite chips and enjoy! We love pairing this dip with some Have'a Corn chips.

    • The dip can be stored in a well sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

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      35 thoughts on “Avocado-Tahini Dip”

        1. Hi Kelli! Even my football loving hubby and his buds love this dip, so it should go over well with a crowd of boys 🙂

      1. This is such a good idea! As you know, I made an avocado tahini sauce recently too…it was similar, but made to go on falafel. Your dip sounds fabulous, I have all the ingredients so I’m going to try this out!

      2. girl it looks like a winner! Nothing better than dip and chips in my opinion and I love the it is easy and the color just pops! People would think it took you forever to make it! So healthy too! You always have the best ideas!

        1. Awwww, you’re too sweet girl. My favorite part of this dip is the fact that it stays green and fresh for days. I love guacamole, but hate how it turns brown after an hour. 🙂 xoxo, Jackie

          1. Hi Jackie. I had the same issue with guacamole until i discovered tat adding a small clove of garlic keeps guacamole bright green for up to 10 days!

      3. Sounds so tasty! Fresh and delicious are one thing California’s got (okay, besides weather 😉 that New York doesn’t have. The last few avos we’ve bought have not tasted great, so we’re kind of missing good avocados! This dip sounds fantastic though and I look forward to trying it.

        1. Hi Christy! You know, I have noticed that avocados are not the same everywhere. Out here they are usually perfect and green but when we were recently in MN, the avocados I tried were not great and I was disappointed. I guess you can bookmark this dip for when avocados are in season in NY. 🙂

        1. Hi Pamela! You’re totally welcome and I’m glad you’re excited to try it! You might even love this as a salad dressing on well on top of all that kale you have from your amazing garden 🙂

              1. Hi Christine! I think that if you love salad dressing on the thicker side then you would love this and I know that you love avocados 🙂
                You may want to add a bit more water to the dressing to thin it up a bit though 🙂 I love the sandwich spread idea. xoxo, Jackie

              2. I just made this and it is AWESOME! Thanks so much for this recipe. Avocado and tahini are such a great combo. I did add a little bit more water but still left it on the thicker side. Now I am so looking forward to lunch tomorrow.
                The hubby might have some people over for football this weekend and I think I’ll make another batch of this with chips (because the batch I just made will definitely be gone by then!).

              3. Hi Christine! I saw your photo on Instagram this morning and I love what you paired the dip with. I’m so happy that you are loving this dip. When I saw your blog and your love of avocados, I just knew you would love it. Avocado, tahini and cumin go well together and who would have thought, right? I hope your football crowd enjoys the dip as well! Have a great weekend! xoxo, Jackie

      4. Hey girl! Cute fairy tale story of how the dip came to be, with a great ending including chips! 🙂 This looks delicious. Your photos always look so enticing! Another one of your recipes to pin and try. xoxo, Sharon

        1. Hey you! I’m glad you actually read my short story on this recipe. I was just feeling in the story telling mood the day I wrote it, I guess 🙂

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