I am the kind of person who loves things that go with everything. Whether it be a pair of worn-in jeans or my favorite colorful scarf, I revel in the happy effortlessness of reaching for something that I know will just ‘go.’
Naturally, this affinity extends into my doings in the kitchen. Though I’m somewhat a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants type cook (specifically: trying new recipes on guests, or inventing things based on what’s in the fridge), I love whipping up a known favorite after a busy day or night out.
Tarator is a simple but flavorsome sauce that swirls together nutty tahini with lemon juice, garlic and fresh parsley and, like my favorite jeans, goes with everything. Grilled chicken kebabs, whole baked fish, tuna sandwiches, roasted cauliflower and charred eggplant are a few of my favorite examples of simple dishes that pair beautifully wish this sauce.
At first, the tahini may separate as you whisk it together with the lemon juice. Just keep whisking – it will come together into a satiny sauce once the water is well incorporated. If serving tarator with a mild white fish, I recommend an extra teaspoon of parsley and lemon.