Tahini Sumac Slaw

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Author Notes: Heidi Swanson's "lemony" dressing was one of my favorites- tahini, lots of lemon, creamy yet pungent. I was inspired to add honey and sumac after Lynne Rossetto Kasper chided a caller on the Splendid Table for not using his imported sumac. I like this dressing served over cabbage as a slaw. It makes a wonderful topping for kebab, gyro and a great side for grilled lamb. Pomegranates make a great addition when they are in season!Hilarybee

Makes 4 side dish servings

Tahini Sumac Dressing

  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon ground sumac
  • 2 tablespoons boiling water
  • 1/4 teaspoon flaky sea salt
  • 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Slaw

  • 3 cups napa cabbage, cut into 1/2" ribbons (about one head of cabbage))
  • 1 1/2 cups savoy cabbage, 1/2" ribbons (about half a head)
  • 1/2 small red onion, very thinly sliced
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds (optional but good when in season)
  1. Whisk together the tahini, lemon zest, lemon juice and ground sumac. Drizzle in the boiling water while whisking. Drizzle in the extra virgin olive oil, whisking vigorously to create a creamy emulsion. Add salt to taste.
  2. Combine the cabbage ribbons and onion in a large bowl. Combine with 3/4 of the dressing, coating the greens well. Arrange avocado slices on top, then drizzle the remaining dressing on top of the avocado and greens. Top with pomegranate seeds.
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6 months ago Hannah

Made this (again) yesterday. It's definitely a firm favourite. My sister is a super picky eater, but even she snuck a bite. Pomegranate seeds on anything pretty much has me before I read any further and luckily they don't really have a specific season where I live, so yay for that. I will definitely make this again. And again... and again...

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8 months ago Ruth Mclees

Just made and ate this, and it was delicious! Didn't have pomegranate so I used sultanas instead.

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8 months ago Hilarybee

Glad you enjoyed it. I hadn't thought about adding raisins; sounds like a smart sub.

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9 months ago bricolage

This was fantastic -- especially after the onions had time to mingle. Didnt have any sumac but was still really good. Will def try to hunt some down.

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8 months ago Hilarybee

glad you enjoyed it!

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over 1 year ago Ken Woytisek

I made this today and it was great. No pomegranate seeds here in Singabore so I sprinkled on some extra sumac!

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over 1 year ago Hilarybee

I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

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over 1 year ago susan g

I made this a few days ago, and have been enjoying it. It seemed on the dry side, so today I splashed in some buttermilk and mixed it all together, which I enjoyed. Now that I'm looking back at the recipe, I wonder if I left out the oil! Next time I will remember the oil, and might use some buttermilk also...

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over 1 year ago Hilarybee

It should be really creamy. I've never found a need to add any dairy or anything to it. Try it with the olive oil, if it is still too dry for your taste, add an extra tablespoon or two of olive oil.

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over 1 year ago Ken Woytisek

I'm going to make this today!

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over 1 year ago Hilarybee

thank you!

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over 1 year ago healthierkitchen

saved!

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over 1 year ago Hilarybee

Thank you!