Tarator is an easy-to-prepare tahini sauce that often accompanies baked fish, shawarma, falafel or cooked vegetables like these chard stalks.

Kamal Mouzawak
Source: EatingWell Magazine, September/October 2018


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Instructions Checklist
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil.

  • Strip any tough strings from chard stalks. Cook in the boiling water until tender, 5 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a colander to drain; pat dry.

  • Meanwhile, use a fork to mash garlic with salt to make a paste. Mix in a small bowl with tahini. Gradually whisk in lemon juice: at first it will thicken and turn very hard, but keep mixing! Whisk in oil and enough water to yield a consistency for drizzling.

  • Arrange the chard on a platter. Drizzle with 1/4 cup sauce and sprinkle with parsley. Serve with more of the sauce on the side, if desired.


To make ahead: Refrigerate sauce (Step 3) for up to 5 days.

Nutrition Facts

48 calories; protein 2.1g 4% DV; carbohydrates 4g 1% DV; exchange other carbs 0.5; dietary fiber 1.4g 6% DV; sugars 0.9g; fat 3.2g 5% DV; saturated fat 0.4g 2% DV; cholesterolmg; vitamin a iu 4679.2IU 94% DV; vitamin c 25.3mg 42% DV; folate 16.3mcg 4% DV; calcium 45.5mg 5% DV; iron 1.6mg 9% DV; magnesium 65.6mg 23% DV; potassium 313mg 9% DV; sodium 182.2mg 7% DV.