One of my favourite things about a good falafel salad is the generous use of creamy, tangy tahini dressing. A good way to describe the flavour of a good tahini dressing is pleasantly earthy with a light savoury texture. I love going out for a falafel plate at my favourite local middle-eastern eatery. When they ask me if I want tahini dressing on it, my answer is always invariably: “Lots, please!”
As much as my family and I love to lunch on a delicious falafel salad, I was moved to devise a falafel recipe of my own.
The dressing had to follow naturally, so off searching for a recipe I went. I’ve looked about online and seen so many different variations on tahini dressing. Having tinkered about with thickness and consistency as well as flavour, this is the final evolution I’m happy to share with the world.
Sometimes as simple as water, salt and honey mixed in with the tahini, I often feel something is missing. An edginess, if you will, that will pair well with the tangy falafel patties and pickled turnips. This is where dill pickle brine comes into play.
The inspiration for this comes from an old falafel and donair place that was run by two Israeli brothers. My favourite menu item there was called the “Falatke”; a falafel pita with a potato latke stuffed in as well. It was pure heaven in a bread pocket, my friends. They loaded their falafel and latke pita with sliced dill pickles as well as generous gobs of tahini dressing. Finish that off with a good dusting of cayenne pepper and I defy you to dislike it….
Sadly, like all great dining out treasures, it got sold off to someone else who just didn’t understand the culinary gold mine they were given. Thus, the magical Falatke passed into memory. To this day, no falafel joint has dared to dream that dream again…..
So, so sad….
Anyways, the blend of those memorable flavours stirred me to bottle a tahini dressing that tips a hat to an inspired flavour combination. Enjoy!
- mixing bowl, whisk or blender
- 1/2 cup tahini
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/2 cup pickle brine dill, not sweet
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp dill
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
- Combine all the ingredients in a bowl.
- Whisk or mix with a hand blender.
- Add a small amount more brine or water to it if you like it a bit thinner.
- Pour into a squeeze bottle and keep in the fridge between uses.