Chard Stalks in Tarator (Dlou' Selee' Mtaballeh)

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

Prep Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
6 servings


  • 1 pound trimmed chard stalks (from about 4 large bunches)

  • 1 clove garlic, chopped

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ½ cup tahini

  • ½ cup lemon juice

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2-4 tablespoons water

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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 (per serving)

48 Calories
3g Fat
4g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size 2/3 cup
Calories 48
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 2g 4%
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Vitamin A 4679IU 94%
Vitamin C 25mg 28%
Folate 16mcg 4%
Sodium 182mg 8%
Calcium 46mg 4%
Iron 2mg 9%
Magnesium 66mg 16%
Potassium 313mg 7%

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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