Potatoes with Green Tahini Sauce


The cilantro- and lemon-laced tahini sauce is a perfect bold partner for potatoes in this Middle-Eastern-style potato salad recipe. The green tahini sauce is also great tossed with roasted carrots or broccoli.

Cook Time:
35 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs 40 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 15 mins
8 servings


  • 3 pounds small new potatoes, scrubbed

  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt plus 1/2 teaspoon, divided

  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro, coarsely chopped

  • 1/2 cup tahini (see Tip), at room temperature

  • ¼ cup lemon juice

  • 2 tablespoons water at room temperature, plus more as needed

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil


  1. Place potatoes in a large pot, add 2 tablespoons salt and cover with cold water by about 2 inches. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until tender, about 15 minutes. Let the potatoes cool to room temperature in the water, 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Drain and cut the potatoes in half.

  2. Combine cilantro, tahini, lemon juice and water in a food processor (or blender); process until very smooth, adding additional room--temperature water by the tablespoon as needed for a smooth sauce.

  3. Toss the potatoes in a large bowl with the tahini sauce, parsley and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Drizzle with oil just before serving.


Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 2; cover and refrigerate potatoes and sauce separately. Finish Step 3 and hold at room temperature for up to 2 hours or refrigerate for up to 8 hours.

Tahini is a thick paste of ground sesame seeds. Look for it in large supermarkets in the Middle Eastern section or near other nut butters. Sadaf is one of our favorite brands--it's nutty, creamy and never bitter.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

239 Calories
9g Fat
36g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 239
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 5g 11%
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Vitamin A 162IU 3%
Vitamin C 17mg 19%
Folate 33mcg 8%
Sodium 189mg 8%
Calcium 37mg 3%
Iron 1mg 7%
Magnesium 48mg 11%
Potassium 612mg 13%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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